Nat "King" Cole, Elvis Presley, Sarah Vaughan, Ruth Brown, Bruce Springsteen, James Brown, Jackie Wilson,
Ike & Tina Turner, Sammy Turner, Tito Puente, Louis Prima, Billy & Lillie, Louis Jordan, Clovers, Big Maybelle,
Big Joe Turner, Little Willie John, Dizzy Gillespie, Pearl Bailey, Lavern Baker, Patti Page, Solomon Burke, Peggy Lee,
Eddie Arnold, Billy Eckstine, Jerry Butler, Al Hibbler, Chuck Jackson, Brenda Lee, Gloria Lynne, Lenny Welch, Etta James, Linda Ronstadt, Big Joe Turner, Linda Ronstadt, Eartha Kitt, Clyde McFatter, Bette Midler, Les Paul & Mary Ford, Lloyd Price, Ricky Nelson, Roy Orbison, Faith Hill, Irene Reid, Johnny Ray, Shirley Caesar, Esther Phillips, Freddie Scott, Debbie Reynolds,
Johnny Rivers, Diana Ross & the Supremes, Jimmy Rushing, Jimmy Scott, Shirelles, Ronnie Spector, Spencer Davis Group,
Jo Stafford, Dakota Staton, James Taylor, Joe Tex, Ivory Joe Hunter, Irma Thomas, Baby Washington, Steve Winwood,
Lenny Welch, Otis Williams & His Charms, Albert Tyler, Faye Adams, Eric Burdon & the Animals, Moms Mabley,
Hank Ballard, Joey Dee & the Starlighters, Maxine Brown, Drifters, Du Droppers, Four Preps,Tennessee Ernie Ford,
Johnny Mathis, Manfred Mann, Platters, Jimmy Ruffin, David Ruffin, Arthur Prysock, Dinah Washington, Aretha Franklin, . . . and the list keeps growing.
Thanks to the many detailed quotes from McCoy herself, this book has a vibrancy misusing from other, drier books written about the period. McCoy's tales of the Brill Building era paint a fascinating picture as she encounters - and gains the respect of all the male movers and shakers of the business. Corsano organizes her subject's memories excellently, allowing her words to drive the book, aided by many personal photos that give it a genuine
first-hand accountof the music scene in pre-60s New York, and how McCoy paved the way
for writers such as Carole King and Ellie Greenwich.
Reviewed by Kingsley Abbott, Record Collector Magazine