Many years ago, when Atlantic Records was starting up in a New York apartment with the help of a loan from a dentist, Ruth Brown was signed to sing for the new label. Ruth Brown could sing the feathers off a bird, and she cut a number of excellent tracks, usually for a fee of about $50. No royalties. No stock options. And certainly no health benefits. She ended up in the hospital. Her career fizzled. She wound up... More >>>