Mable John, “Motown’s first singing lady” is a Bastrop, Louisiana native. The eldest of 10 children, she became the first female signed by Berry Gordy to Motown’s Tamla Records. When she was just a baby, her family moved from Log Cabin, Louisiana to Cullendale, Arkansas where her father worked at a paper mill. At the age of 12, Mable moved with the family to Detroit and graduated from high school. John began working at an insurance company managed by Berry Gordy’s mother. Influenced by the...
- CenturyLink Campaign to Fight Hunger Serves Northeast Louisiana Region
- Downtown Gallery Crawl Wraps Up 10-Year Anniversary Celebration
- Juneteenth Heritage Festival Celebrates African-American Culture
- Bulls Rollerskate Through Downtown Monroe
- Monroe Symphony League Book Sale Features Summer Reading and Listening
Copyright 2018 Fresh Air. To see more, visit Fresh Air . DAVE DAVIES, HOST: This is FRESH AIR. D.J. Fontana, the drummer on some of Elvis Presley's biggest hits like "Blue Suede Shoes," "Hound Dog" and "All Shook Up," died Wednesday in Nashville. He was 87. Fontana was the first drummer in Presley's band and played in it for 14 years on over 450 recordings. He appeared with Elvis during that legendary "Ed Sullivan Show" performance and in the movie "Jailhouse Rock." In 2009, D.J. Fontana was...
- Trump Calls For 'Space Force' To Defend U.S. Interests Among The Stars
- How The Opioid Crisis Is Depressing America's Labor Force
- Jay-Z and Beyoncé's 'Everything Is Love' Shakes Up Summer Music
- The Science Behind South Korea's Race-Based World Cup Strategy
- This Apple Update Could Prove To Be A True Lifesaver