Ed Ward appears in the following:
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
In the mid-1970s, a hard-luck band from California was in the right place at the right time and changed London's rock-and-roll scene. Their album
Good 'N' Cheap has just been reissued.
Friday, June 03, 2016
Herman's Hermits hit the American pop charts 22 times in the 1960s and early '70s. Now, a new anthology compiles 66 of the Hermits' tracks. Rock historian Ed Ward considers how the music has held up.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Carter's influence on pop and soul predates his best-known hit, "Patches," and is still felt today. Rock historian Ed Ward revisits the early career and the lasting impact of the expert songwriter.
Thursday, March 17, 2016
A new release by Legacy revisits the hits of Them, the band George Ivan Morrison played in before he became Van Morrison. Ed Ward remembers the band's brief existence.
Friday, March 11, 2016
The vocal group Billy Ward and his Dominoes covered white hits for the black market, and along the way discovered two of the greatest voices of the era. Rock historian Ed Ward tells the story.
Monday, February 08, 2016
Hicks, who died on Saturday, began performing with his band Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks in the late '60s. Rock historian Ed Ward has an appreciation.
Originally broadcast Jan 10, 2002.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Terry Ork was a mystery man who crashed the Warhol scene and founded his own record label. Rock historian Ed Ward traces the brief, tumultuous existence of Ork Records.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
From the early '60s until the mid '70s, a multi-cultural music scene thrived on the west side of San Antonio, Texas. Ed Ward looks at two releases on Numero that open a small window on this music.
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Post-war black gospel music shaped soul sounds through the mid-1970s, but it's increasingly hard to find today. Rock historian Ed Ward discusses a few recent gospel reissues.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Born in Baton Rouge in 1924, the blues musician known as Slim Harpo influenced rock bands like the Rolling Stones, the Kinks and Pink Floyd. Rock Historian Ed Ward shares Harpo's story.
Monday, July 20, 2015
All but forgotten today, Garnet Mimms was one of the early voices of soul. Now,
Looking For You, a new collection of his records, is available on Kent Records. Rock historian Ed Ward has Mimms' story.
Monday, June 08, 2015
Much of Moore's music was unreleased at the time of recording and some of her best work didn't get the attention it deserved. A double disc compilation of her recordings has just been released.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
In 1970, Warner Bros. Records had an unusual philosophy: they'd sign artists and, instead of wanting a hit single immediately, they'd develop them over several albums. Hence, Captain Beefheart.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Not many bands can celebrate a silver anniversary, which is why
Fresh Air music historian Ed Ward wishes more people made a bigger deal out of The Hollies.
Monday, February 16, 2015
In the mid-1920s, Paramount Records was the leading blues label in America. The second box set featuring this music was released in late 2014.
Friday, January 23, 2015
In the '60s, musicians left New Orleans, major labels lost interest, and Motown and Memphis took over the black music charts. But one producer didn't give up.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
During a hiatus, some tapes surfaced of new songs Bob Dylan been writing: the infamous
Basement Tapes. These songs have been collected in a box set.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Singer Conley had a number of hits before disappearing in the '70s, a few years after his mentor Redding died in a plane crash. So where did he go? To Europe, where he changed his name.
Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Bakersfield, Calif., has become famous for its own brand of country music. It evolved through a music scene that was wild and wide-open during the 1950s and '60s.
Monday, September 01, 2014
The archetypal '70s band had a charismatic frontman and wonderful songs, but they also had drug problems and kept breaking up. Their Warner Bros. recordings are in a new box set called