Dorothy LaBostrie talks about working with Little Richard in the very early days of rock and roll and how she wrote ”Tutti Frutti” for him in 15 minutes.
Al Kooper talks about playing keyboard with Bob Dylan as he was making his transition to electric and the fan reactions to that.
Bill Medley talks about singing in the group, the Righteous Brothers and how he was influenced by R and B on the radio. He also sang the Academy Award winning song from Dirty Dancing, “(I’ve Had The) Time of My Life”.
Record producer Tom Moulton talks about using music to tell stores and get people on the dance floor.
Funk and Disco drummer Earl Young talks about the change in rhythm that came about because of Rock and Roll.
Cholly Atkins talks about being the choreographer for many of the artists at Motown. Watch as he gives behind the scenes accounts of teaching groups like The Supremes and The Miracles how to move.
Memphis guitarist Jack Clement talks about the early days of Elvis-mania and illustrates the musical differences in what Elvis was doing compared to other musicians.
Record executive Larkin Arnold talks about his career working at Columbia, Capitol, and CBS Records and how he made black music more accessible to audiences across America.
Open Vault mourns the loss of Stanley Karnow, award-winning journalist and author of Vietnam: A Television History. Stanley was one of the driving forces behind the multi award-winning 13-part series Vietnam: A Television History. Whether it was on location in Vietnam, or the USA, interviewing politicians, soldiers or civilians caught up in the struggle, Stanley was integral to making the series into landmark television viewing going on to win accolades including six Emmy awards, the DuPont Columbia Award and a Peabody award.
Visit the Vietnam Collection to watch the interviews he created for this television series.
Phil Chess and his nephew Marshall talk about running the successful record company in Chicago, Chess Records. They discuss how their artists inspired the Rolling Stones to come to America and record in their studio to get that distinct sound. Marshall later went on to manage the Stones.