Ed Ward

Ed Ward appears in the following:

Remembering San Antonio's Horn-Infused Doo-Wop Scene

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.


Revisiting The Soul-Stirring Sounds Of Decades-Old Gospel 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.


'Buzzin' The Blues' Revisits The Declarative Harmonica Style Of Slim Harpo

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.


Revisiting The Career Of Gospel-Singer-Turned-Hit-Maker Garnet Mimms

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.


New Release Brings Overdue Recognition For Soul Singer Jackie Moore

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.


No Hits, No Problem: Captain Beefheart's Major Label Run

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.


50 Years Of The Hollies

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.


The Furniture Company That Sang The Blues

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.


Producer Cosimo Matassa Always Believed In New Orleans

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.


Bob Dylan's 'Basement Tapes' Formed A Legend

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.


The Mysterious Case of Arthur Conley, Otis Redding's Protege

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.


The Toil And The Oil That Fueled The Bakersfield Country Scene

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.


The Story Of Little Feat's Fame, Destruction And Revival

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 Rad Gumbo.


Box Set Looks Back On Pioneering '5' Royales

Monday, August 18, 2014

With the release of the 131-track collection Soul and Swagger: The Complete "5" Royales, the group has finally gotten the recognition they deserve.


A Label Paramount To Early Blues And Jazz

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Between 1917 and 1932, the label released thousands of records. Jack White's Third Man Records has joined with the reissue label Revenant to release the first of two packages documenting Paramount.


The Animals: The British Invasion That Wasn't

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Largely ignored today, the rough-and-tumble quintet from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne gets reassessed in a new box set, titled The Mickie Most Years & More.


The Soul Singer Who Never Quite Made It

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

There was a time when people in the know in Memphis described James Govan as Otis Redding's natural successor. A new compilation collects some of his unreleased recordings.


When Memphis Made A Move On Nashville's Country Monopoly

Thursday, January 02, 2014

A new nine-hour box set, titled Sun Country Box: 1950-1959, collects Sun Records' country output.


A Nostalgic โ€” But Bumpy โ€” Journey With The Beach Boys

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

In 2012, the band became another rock group that was celebrating its 50th anniversary. This year, it released Made in California, an eight-hour, six-disc retrospective of their career...


The Dawn Of Sun Records: 15 Hours Of Blues

Friday, September 06, 2013

In 1950, a red-haired Alabama boy who'd learned about radio and electronics in the U.S. Army opened a recording studio to document the blues and country music he loved. A new box set ...