The Stacks News


Atlantic turns the top floor of a wood-framed brownstone at 234 West 56th Street into its headquarters, serving as office by day and studio by night. To record such artists as RUTH BROWN, BOBBY DARIN, JOHN COLTRANE, and RAY CHARLES, producer/engineer TOM DOWD stacks the desks and pushes furniture into the halls, while using the stairwell as an echo chamber.

BIG JOE TURNER’s timeless “Shake, Rattle And Roll” charts for 27 weeks, peaking at #1 R&B. Despite more successful covers that follow the original, TURNER’s version is still credited as the foundation stone for Rock n’ Roll.

THE DRIFTERS’ “Honey Love” is banned on several radio stations for ‘suggestive’ lyrics, but still stays on the R&B chart for five months, including eight weeks at #1.

In October, CLYDE McPHATTER cuts his last session with THE DRIFTERS before being drafted into the Army.

Having coined the phrase ‘Rhythm & Blues’ while at Billboard, JERRY WEXLER declares that the new Rock n’ Roll sound will be named ‘Cat Music.’ Atlantic promptly starts a new imprint and in July, Cat releases THE CHORDS’ seminal hit, “Sh-Boom.”

Check out more News, Photos, and Video

Tags: The Drifters, Ruth Brown, Ray Charles, John Coltrane, CLYDE MCPHATTER, Bobby Darin, Tom Dowd, Timeline, Time Capsule, Jerry Wexler

This Story
Speak Into the Mic

Post a Comment about this Article

You must be logged in to your Twitter and/or Facebook account in order to post a comment.

Please select a site for posting your comment.

140 characters remaining
Post This Comment
Derek and the Dominos - Layla

In the News

Atlantic Timeline - 1970

Derek and the Dominos, The Velvet Underground, and more!

Wilson Pickett - In The Midnight Hour

In the News

Atlantic Timeline - 1965

Solomon Burke, Wilson Pickett, and more!

Timeline - 1959

In the News

Atlantic Timeline - 1959

Ray Charles, The Drifters, and more!