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Stories with person: Aretha Franklin
  • Alabama veteran recalls 'Soundtrack of the Vietnam War' 
    Updated: Nov-15-15 1:01 pm

    HUNSTVILLE, Alabama - The band's manager was a stripper from Saigon who went by the stage-name of Geri Vay. Dave Gallaher was an Air Force intelligence specialist from Atlanta serving in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968, and during his off-duty hours he played guitar in this stripper-managed band, named The Rotations because its lineup ebbed and flowed due to the servicemen in the group "rotating back home." The group played the soul and R&B hits from artists of the day. King Curtis. Junior Walker. The Temptations. "The band was originally to do a little bit of music before she did her strip show," Gallaher, now 69, recalls. "And it got to where the band was as big a demand as her show was so she figured she would get another band or two going that way and that's what she did."

  • Unapologetic Elle King turns heartbreak into hit single 
    Updated: Nov-12-15 8:52 am

    LOS ANGELES - Though breakthrough singer Elle King has a huge hit with "Ex's and Oh's," the feel-good, carefree 26-year-old remembers performing tirelessly anywhere she could - without a cellphone.

  • Obama puts White House light on diversity in American music story has photos
    Updated: Oct-27-15 4:36 am

    WASHINGTON - Whether belting out lyrics to Al Green's "Let's Stay Together," leading a mournful congregation through "Amazing Grace," or tweeting his Spotify music playlist that includes Stevie Wonder and Nina Simone, President Barack Obama has shown that he's a pretty soulful guy.