Ruth White’s latest book special on R&B pioneer Limited time only!

 

 

“You Can Make It If You Try” by Nova Books’ author Ruth White – co-written with late R&B legend Ted Jarrett (Hillsboro Press, 256 pages, Nashville 2005) – relates the compelling and inspiring story of artist-composer-publisher-pianist-producer Ted Jarrett, who proved there was a lot more musically to Nashville than the Grand Ole Opry. His father was killed by his paramour’s boyfriend, and his mother abandoned him to a hard-scrabble existence with his mean-spirited step-grandfather-farmer, who discouraged his early songwriting talents, telling Ted only white men were composers. Yet Ted became a performer whose compositions not only hit high on the Rhythm & Blues charts by acts such as Louis Brooks & The Hi-Toppers, Gene Allison and Ruth Brown, but also became Top 40 pop crossover successes, and one – “Love, Love, Love” – even topped the country chart 13 weeks by Webb Pierce. Among others who recorded Jarrett’s songs, including “It’s Love Baby (24 Hours a Day)” and “You Can Make It If You Try,” were Earl Gaines, Johnny Ace, The Midnighters, and The Rolling Stones. As artist, writer and producer, Jarrett shared in the Grammy Award-winning 2004 release “Night Train to Nashville: Music City Rhythm & Blues 1945-1970).” This searing bio offers insight into the interaction of the black and white musical cultures that existed in Nashville, at a time when it was earning its nickname Music City USA. Regular $19.98 version, now in stock at $15, which includes S&H. Order your copy while they last!

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