1. Shuggie Otis Returns: First New Music in 39 Years

    January 04, 2013 11:45 AM EST Reclusive Soul Singer Releasing Double CD on April 16, Will Tour in March and April Beloved soul shut-in Shuggie Otis is releasing his first new music since his innovative 1974 album "Inspiration Information." Produced by Otis himself, the double set "Inspiration Information…

  2. Etta James, Soul Icon, Dies at 73

    January 20, 2012 11:40 AM EST Etta James , the singer who turned "At Last" into a multi-generational standard and was an acknowledged influence on singers from Janis Joplin to Melissa Etheridge and Christina Aguilera , is gone not long after her voice was quieted. Honoring Etta James: 7 Versions of 'At Last…

  3. Johnny Otis of 'Willie and the Hand Jive' Dies

    January 19, 2012 1:30 PM EST LOS ANGELES (AP) - Johnny Otis , the "godfather of rhythm and blues" who wrote and recorded the R&B classic "Willie and the Hand Jive" and for decades evangelized black music to white audiences as a bandleader and radio host, has died. He was 90. Otis, who had been in…

  4. Ask Billboard: Should Cee Lo's Song Be Banned?

    September 10, 2010 4:35 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. TRAIN TRACKS Dear…

  5. Chart Beat

    July 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, Big & Rich and more and more! THE LONG RUN: There aren't a lot of songwriters who can claim a 54-year span of No. 1 hits on the Billboard charts. In fact, I can only think of one team that has accomplished this,…

  6. R&B Singer/Songwriter Hank Ballard Dies

    March 03, 2003 12:00 AM EST Hank Ballard, the singer/songwriter whose hit "The Twist" ushered a nationwide dance craze in the 1960s, has died. Ballard, who was suffering from throat cancer, died yesterday (March 2) at his home, Hank Ballard, the singer/songwriter whose hit "The Twist" ushered a…