Rockabyes with Mel & Shel

Rockabyes with Mel & Shel

Every song has an untold story. Have you ever wondered how your favorite musicians crafted their biggest hits and catchiest tunes? Join a couple of music history geeks as we uncover the real stories and inspirations behind the best records of all time. From Marley to Winehouse, we examine the personal stories of musical icons that continue to shape our culture.  We uncover their deepest secrets, triumphant successes and explore the heartbreaking circumstances of their deaths. We are fascinated by what made these pioneers from all musical genres special and how their unique personal stories created musical legacies that will last forever.

Melissa Hendricks History 24 rész Rockabyes with Mel & Shel hosted by Melissa Hendricks
THE QUEEN OF TEJANO - Selena Pt. 3
42 perc 24. rész Melissa Hendricks

Selena, now a chart-topping Grammy Award-winning star and role model, is on the brink of superstardom with her burgeoning clothing line, the upcoming release of her first English-speaking album and a movie role.  Find out how a disgruntled ex-employee derailed her dreams, but not her Legacy.

THE QUEEN OF TEJANO - Selena Pt. 2
32 perc 23. rész Melissa Hendricks

The constant touring created a fine-tuned, successful Tejano band.  Selena blossomed into a polished entertainer who bent the male-dominated Tejano music industry to her will.  Her talent and personality earned her a huge following of admirers until a deceitful super fan jeopardized all of her hard work.

THE QUEEN OF TEJANO - Selena Pt. 1
30 perc 22. rész Melissa Hendricks

One day, a little girl surprised her father when he came home from work by singing a song to him in a pitch perfect tone.  That little girl was Selena.  How did that one day revive a former band and lead to a successful family business that still thrives today? What were the early years like for Selena?

SONGBIRD -Eva Cassidy Part 2
0 perc 21. rész Melissa Hendricks

In part 2 of a 2-part series, Eva’s crystalline voice earns her exciting opportunities which illuminate a promising musical career.  Yet, an unexpected setback knocks her off her feet.  Find out how Eva rises above an unfortunate diagnosis and attains worldwide success - the one thing she persistently shunned.

SONGBIRD - Eva Cassidy Part 1
0 perc 20. rész Melissa Hendricks

In part 1 of a 2-part series, the painfully shy, Eva Cassidy struggles with adolescent bullying and depression.  Find out which artists and songs influences this gentle outsider to develop her masterful soprano interpretation of songs.

THE PRINCE OF SOUL - Marvin Gaye Part 2
0 perc 19. rész Melissa Hendricks

In part 2 of a 2-part series, Marvin's hard earned fight for creative control of his music earned him superstardom and financial freedom.  In addition, it cemented his status as one of the most influential artists of all time.  Find out how the temptations and pressures of superstardom as well as Marvin's deep-seated personal demons led to a perfect storm of shocking results.

THE PRINCE OF SOUL - Marvin Gaye Part 1
0 perc 18. rész Melissa Hendricks

In part 1 of a 2-part series, we delve into Marvin Gaye’s rise to stardom from his abusive childhood to his time at Motown.  Find out what devastating tragedy broke Marvin’s heart at the age of 31 and threw him into a deep depression nearly derailing his burgeoning career.

THE LIONESS OF JAZZ AND SOUL - Amy Winehouse Part 2
0 perc 17. rész Melissa Hendricks

In part 2 of a 2-part series, Amy Winehouse’s undeniable jazz vocal style and heartbreaking love songs quickly garners chart topping success, critical acclaim and a loyal fan base all over the world. In the blink of an eye, Amy is juggling the pressure of unwanted fame, intense media interest in her personal life and an addiction. Find out if only one or all of these issues will cause tragic consequences.

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THE LIONESS OF JAZZ AND SOUL - Amy Winehouse Part 1
0 perc 16. rész Melissa Hendricks

In part 1 of a 2-part series, even at a young age, vibrant and spunky Amy Winehouse is a talented vocalist and gifted songwriter who loves nothing more than writing songs and singing in a jazz club.  Find out how her exceptional gifts easily lead to a record deal by the age of 20, but her gutsy personality hints of difficulties to come.

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THE PRINCESS OF R&B - Aaliyah
0 perc 15. rész Melissa Hendricks

In 2001, a plane crash tragically cut short the life of 22-year-old R&B Princess, Aaliyah.  Find out how the successful music and film Phenom astutely dodged a sensational headline and redefined R&B with her sultry mix of pop, soul and hip hop while remaining authentic and good-natured throughout her life.

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OLE BLUE EYES - Frank Sinatra Part 2
0 perc 14. rész Melissa Hendricks

In Part 2, the always ambitious Frank Sinatra claws his way back to the top of the charts and into the stratosphere of worldwide fame. This time, maintaining his now solid legendary career, comes with a heavy price: massive heartbreaks, legal woes and, at times, debauchery. In this mega episode as we did deeper into this Uber Legend's wild and illustrious career.

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OLE BLUE EYES - Frank Sinatra Part 1
0 perc 13. rész Melissa Hendricks

Throughout his long life, Frank Sinatra's warm baritone and exceptional vocal range left behind a rich and vast legacy of recordings and feature films making him one of the most successful entertainers of all time.

THE NATURAL MYSTIC - Bob Marley Part 2
0 perc 12. rész Melissa Hendricks

In Part 2, join us as find out how an attempted murder motivated a socially conscious Bob Marley to write some of his most endearing hits and why a critical injury would lead to a shocking death which would transform Bob Marley into a global icon.

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THE NATURAL MYSTIC - Bob Marley Part 1
0 perc 11. rész Melissa Hendricks

Bob Marley –  The Natural Mystic (Part 1)

 

In part 1 of a 2-part series, although his hardscrabble childhood was filled with poverty and abandonment, young Bob Marley displayed an uncommon mysticism even at a young age.  Find out what heartbreaking setbacks drove an intensely ambitious Bob to form a now legendary band with his childhood friends and how a fluke incident caused Nesta, as he was known to his mom, to be renamed the now legendary Bob Marley.

 

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THE HIGH PRIESTESS OF SOUL SERIES - Nina Simone Part 2
0 perc 10. rész Melissa Hendricks

At the beginning of part two, Nina, broke and alone spins out of control. Find out how Nina finally finds her peace.

 

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THE HIGH PRIESTESS OF SOUL SERIES - Nina Simone Part 1
0 perc 9. rész Melissa Hendricks

In the first episode of a 2 part series on the High Priestess of Soul, Nina Simone, we explore Nina’s early life and how a devastating blow to a dream pushes Nina into a surprisingly new direction and into a haunting private turmoil.

 

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THE QUEEN OF COUNTRY - Patsy Cline
0 perc 8. rész Melissa Hendricks

On March 1963, a plane crash tragically cut the short life of Patsy Cline.  Despite her short time on this earth, find out how this country pioneer with the magnificent vocal range broke new ground by becoming the first female country artist to crossover over into the pop charts.

 

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THE CRAZYSEXYCOOL SUPERNOVA - Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes
0 perc 7. rész Melissa Hendricks

In 2002, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, the dynamic rapper of the pop and soul group, TLC, tragically died at the age of 30.  Lisa’s clever rhymes helped TLC sell over 75 million records worldwide and become one of the most successful girl groups in music history. How did this feisty “Supernova” dominate the charts with her bandmates while simultaneously embracing the continuous sensational headlines that dogged the group throughout Lisa’s short life?

 

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THE LIZARD KING - Jim Morrison
0 perc 6. rész Melissa Hendricks

Thanks to his innovative lyrics, unique voice, captivating personality and performances, Jim Morrison, the lead singer of The Doors, is still regarded as one of the most iconic frontmen in music history.  Tune in to find out how “Mr. Mojo Rising” said YES to life and art with an “all or nothing” abandonment and why his cause of death remains a mystery to this day.

 

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THE PR MAVEN - Gary Stromberg
0 perc 5. rész Melissa Hendricks

For over 25 years, Gary Stromberg, co-founder of the successful public relations firm, Gibson and Stromberg, lived an amazing life of wealth, sex, drugs, rock and roll.  Like so many of his rock star clients, his addiction to drugs unraveled into financial ruin and chaos all of which saved his life.  In the midst of despair, the self-proclaimed, “Mr. Spiritual Sickness,” chose life and became a recovery advocate. Now sober for over 30 years, listen to his mind-blowing tales about his life, career and recovery.

 

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THE TORTURED TROUBADOUR - Elliott Smith
0 perc 4. rész Melissa Hendricks

Elliott Smith appeared out of the Portland rock scene in the early 1990s and quickly established himself as a preeminent singer-songwriter.  Before his violent death in 2003, Elliott, who was tormented by addictions and repressed memories, created a remarkable song catalog of painful, heartbreaking lyrics which continue to inspire and haunt his fans, family and friends.

 

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PS. Listen for the "hidden track" insider information!

 

 

THE VELVET TENOR - Sam Cooke PT1
0 perc 1. rész Melissa Hendricks

Part 1 – Young Sam discovers his calling...

 

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THE VELVET TENOR - Sam Cooke PT2
0 perc 2. rész Melissa Hendricks

Part 2 – A music industry veteran by the age of 26, Sam sets out to build a record label empire while still navigating the pressures of fame, women and children.

 

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THE VELVET TENOR - Sam Cooke PT3
0 perc 3. rész Rockabyes Podcast

Part 3 – Still reeling from multiple tragedies, Sam composes a social masterpiece only to be mysteriously murdered.

 

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