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100 Years of Payola

Every pop hit you’ve ever loved has reached you via some kind of payola. Whether it was “Jailhouse Rock” by Elvis Presley or “Hungry Like the Wolf” by Duran Duran or “Don’t Speak” by No Doubt, there was a little pay-for-play convincer attached. This in-depth look at the greased palms and shady deals involving everyone from Dick Clark to Gamble and Huff to Alan Freed will open your eyes to the seedy side of the music business. (From Nov. 2005, Issue 89, 7 pages)

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