He waxed rhapsodic about the joys and mysteries of romance. He essayed with passion on the despair of heartbreak and loss. His songs surveyed the devastation of inner-city poverty and called for social change and racial equality, providing the sonic backdrop for the civil rights movement. He crafted what might be pop music's greatest film soundtrack and perfected a kind of soul music that established Chicago among the meccas of black pop, writing and producing countless hits for a slew of artists. His work has been covered by, among others, Bruce Springsteen, B.B. King, Stevie Wonder, David Allan Coe, and the Jam. From '50s-era doo-wop to the biting, politically charged... More >>>