D.J. Fontana (1997)


D.J. Fontana etched his place in rock and roll history playing drums for Elvis Presley. He was more than just lucky to be in the right place at the right time.

Jay Geils (2005)

3/11/05 GROTON, MA, JAY GEILS AT HIS HOME. Boston Herald Staff Photo by Patrick Whittemore.


Jay Geils made his mark playing blues and his fortune playing rock and roll. But his first love was jazz.

Jay—who died on April 11, 2017 at age 71—made that clear when I interviewed him at his split-level home in Groton

Wilson Pickett (1999)

“We didn’t go in there bullcrapping around. We meant business.”  – Wilson Pickett








Pop quiz: Name the top three greats of sixties soul.

If you answer James Brown, Aretha Franklin and Otis Redding, you won’t get much of an argument from anyone.

But who comes next on the list?