Songwriter Jesse Stone wrote the classic rock songs "Shake Rattle and Roll," "Don't Let Go," "Flip Flop and Fly" -- co written with Willie Lou Turner -- and "Your Cash Ain't Nothing but Trash." Stone, who also wrote songs under the pseudonym Charles E. Calhoun, was a key player in the development of rhythm & blues, rock & roll, and such pioneering Atlantic Records artists as Ray Charles, Ruth Brown, Big Joe Turner ("Flip Flop and Fly," number two R&B), the Drifters, and the Clovers ("Your Cash Ain't Nothing but Trash," number six R&B).
Born Jesse A. Stone, the grandson of Tennessee slaves in Atchinson, KS, on November 16, 1901, he began performing when he was five years old in his family's touring minstrel show. During the 1920s, Stone was the leader of a jazz band that included saxophonist Coleman Hawkins. Around 1936, jazz legend Duke ... Read Full Biography