Musical innovator developed basic rock n' roll sound
First black staffer at Atlantic Records
Jesse Stone, also known as Charles Calhoun (1901 – 1999), was a songwriter, musician and recording artist.
Born in Atchison, Kansas into a family of performers, he made his first recording in 1926. His musical career took him from the jazz scene in Kansas City to New York, where he worked as an arranger and songwriter for bands led by Chick Webb and Jimmie Lunceford.
Beginning in 1949, his association with Atlantic Records led to some of the most celebrated early rock & roll and R&B recordings.
Among the classic songs written by Stone are “Shake, Rattle and Roll,” “Money Honey,” “Don’t Let Go,” “Flip, Flop and Fly” and “Your Cash Ain’t Nothin’ But Trash.”