Johnny Cash was one of the most imposing and influential figures in post-World War II country music. With his deep, resonant baritone and spare percussive guitar, he had a basic, distinctive sound. Cash didn't sound like Nashville, nor did he sound like honky tonk or rock & roll. He created his own subgenre, falling halfway between the blunt emotional honesty of folk, the rebelliousness of rock & roll, and the world-weariness of country. Cash's career coincided with the birth of rock & roll, and his rebellious attitude and simple, direct musical attack shared a lot of similarities with rock. However, there was a deep sense of history – as he would later illustrate with his series of historical albums – that kept him forever tied with country. And he was one of country music's biggest stars of the '50s and '60s, scoring well over 100 hit singles.
The Hollies were formed in 1962 in Manchester, England. The original group consisted of Allan Clarke (on lead vocals), Graham Nash and'Tony Hicks (on guitars), Eric Haydock (on bass), and Don Rathbone (on drums). They signed a recording contract, and first hit the best selling charts in the USA. with “Just One Look” in May 1964, which came back to hit the charts again in 1967! Bobby Elliot replaced Don Rathbone later in 1963; Bernie Colvert replaced Eric Haydock in 1966; and Terry Sylvester replaced Graham Nash in 1968. Through all the changes, The Hollies consistently hit the top half of the charts with 22 hits in 11 years! In addition, they had 13 best selling albums on the charts…
Singer/songwriter Michael Bolton emerged in the mid-'80s as a major soft rock balladeer. Originally, he recorded under his real name, Michael Bolotin, turning up on RCA Records in the mid-'70s singing cover tunes and his own blue-eyed soul songs in a voice reminiscent of Joe Cocker. He then became the lead singer of Blackjack, a heavy metal band that made two albums for Polydor before splitting up in the early '80s. Looking to relaunch his career, he changed his name to Michael Bolton and signed to Columbia Records as a solo artist in 1983. Bolton's achievements include selling more than 75 million records, recording eight top 10 albums and two number-one singles on the Billboard charts, as well as winning multiple American Music Awards and Grammy Awards.
34 track Japan compilation album featuring songs penned by Babyface for artists featuring Whitney Houston, Boyz II Men, Lionel Richie & many more.