Bryan Wawzenek is a freelance journalist who writes for Diffuser.fm and Ultimate Classic Rock. He learned more from a three-minute record than he ever learned in school. His mind is racing, as it always will. Don't start him talking, he could talk all night. The sunshine bores the daylights out of him. Don't touch him, he's a real live wire. Most things he worries about never happen anyway. But he's been smiling lately, thinking about the good things to come.
53 Years Ago: The Isley Brothers Shake It Up With ‘Twist and Shout’
On June 16, 1962, the Isley Brothers released "Twist and Shout," which quickly climbed the charts and become a party standard for other R&B and rock and roll groups to include in their sets.
35 Years Ago: Diana Ross Releases Her Biggest-Selling Album ‘Diana’
On the 35th anniversary of Diana Ross' self-titled 10th solo album, we take a look back at what helped to make the project the biggest-selling project of her career.
15 Years Ago: Prince Reclaims His Birth Name
Fifteen years ago, Prince reclaimed his birth name after years of using the unpronounceable, curlicue “Love Symbol."
40 Years Ago: The Jackson 5 Release Their Final Album for Motown
Forty years ago, the Jackson 5 released their final album for Motown Records and embark on a new journey with Epic Records as the Jacksons.
45 Years Ago: The Jackson 5 Release ‘ABC’ Album
Forty-five years ago, the Jackson 5 released their sophomore album, 'ABC,' which proved the group were continuing their chart-topping success.
40 Years Ago: The Ohio Players Start a ‘Fire’
Some groups make it look easy. Join up, record a record, score a big hit: hello, overnight success. The Ohio Players are not one of those groups. We take a look back at the road they traveled to finally earn their first No. 1 song, 'Fire.'
55 Years Ago: Stax Records Releases Its First R&B Song with the Veltones’ ‘Fool in Love’
Stax Records is synonymous with deep, gritty soul music. The Memphis-based studio and record label was responsible for countless titans of R&B, including Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, Sam & Dave, the Staple Singers and Carla Thomas. It’s funny to think that the label known as Soulsville, U.S.A., began by releasing country records.
50 Years Ago: The Supremes Release ‘Come See About Me’
The story of how ‘Come See About Me’ became the Supremes third No. 1 hit in a row in 1964.
45 Years Ago: Diana Ross & the Supremes Release Their Final Single
The story behind Diana Ross' farewell single with the Supremes is way more complicated than the song's sweet lyrics would have you believe.
45 Years Ago: The Supremes and the Temptations Release ‘Together’
In 1969, two powerhouse groups -- the Supremes and the Temptations -- joined forces to create, 'Together,' a memorable album full of duets and cover songs.