1-Very recently deceased, Michael J. Fox played with him—well, so to speak.
2-Speaking of Foxx … he played the blind pianist who made “Georgia” a household name.
3-Thank ya … thank ya, very much. The King.
4-Goodness, Gracious, Great Balls of Fire! He was described as Rock & Roll’s first great wild man. They say that when you marry a 13-year old first cousin. EEK.
5-Lost to music lovers when he died in a plane crash with Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper (who took an ill Waylon Jennings’ seat at the last minute). A personal favorite of mine for obvious reasons.
6-One of the first “sibling sets” who crooned with a country twist for R&R singers (in fact, they were elected to that genre’s Hall of Fame in 2001), these guys really were not clowns.
7-Known only by a descriptive adjective (not so logical when he grew up) and his first name, this singer had a distinct Gospel background (his parents wouldn’t allow that “devil music” at home) though the lifestyle wouldn’t have indicated thus.
8-Also tragically killed at a young age (33), the King of Soul he had 30 (!) top 40 hits between 1957 and 1964 including one used in a great Witness scene.
9-His first name (Antoine) was replaced by a weighty nickname. His cover of a 1940s tune Blueberry Hill was a huge hit.
10-His career spanned six decades during which you might say made him feel good—or maybe it was the brand new bag.