Rhythm and Blues

Booker T. and the MGs broke barriers with a light touch: ‘We were just out there to play music’

Booker T. and the MGs broke barriers with a light touch: ‘We were just out there to play music’

Booker T. and the MGs shared Stax Records’ message of racial tolerance by their very presence. But it wasn’t always easy.

The Band, “You See Me” from Jubilation (1998): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “You See Me” from Jubilation (1998): Across the Great Divide

The Band’s fun run through Allen Toussaint’s soul-lifting “You See Me” underscored an often-forgotten portion of their inestimable legacy.

An opportunity missed for Eric Burdon at the 2014 Rhythm and Blues Cruise

An opportunity missed for Eric Burdon at the 2014 Rhythm and Blues Cruise

Eric Burdon could have made peace with his former bandmates in War aboard the 2014 Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise.

John Oates goes inside the sessions for Hall and Oates’ “I Can’t Go For That”: ‘There’s so much space in it’

John Oates goes inside the sessions for Hall and Oates’ “I Can’t Go For That”: ‘There’s so much space in it’

Hall and Oates had finished recording for the day, when inspiration brought them to a Roland CompuRhythm – and one of their biggest songs.

Jimi Hendrix struck up an unlikely friendship with Steve Cropper: ‘He turned me on’

Jimi Hendrix struck up an unlikely friendship with Steve Cropper: ‘He turned me on’

Jimi Hendrix and Steve Cropper would, on the surface, seem to have little in common. A memorable meeting at Stax showed otherwise.

Hall and Oates started by turning down early offer from a legendary label: ‘We want to do something different’

Hall and Oates started by turning down early offer from a legendary label: ‘We want to do something different’

Hall and Oates made a gutsy move, choosing to go their own way – and became genre-jumping pioneers in the process.

Wilco, Whiskeytown, Blind Boys of Alabama: Random Shuffle

Wilco, Whiskeytown, Blind Boys of Alabama: Random Shuffle

Mat Brewster shares thoughts and memories during a random shuffle featuring Wilco, Whiskeytown and the Blind Boys of Alabama.

When Billy Idol met Steve Cropper: ‘A long-haired chap came up to me’

When Billy Idol met Steve Cropper: ‘A long-haired chap came up to me’

Seems Billy Idol covered a Stax song, without knowing it was a Stax song.

The Beatles’ “She Said She Said” vs. Chubby Checker’s “She Said”: Odd Couples

The Beatles’ “She Said She Said” vs. Chubby Checker’s “She Said”: Odd Couples

The latest edition of Odd Couples finds two ’60s icons squaring off. Call this one: That’s What She Said.

The Foundations – Baby Now That I’ve Found You (1967): On Second Thought

The Foundations – Baby Now That I’ve Found You (1967): On Second Thought

The Foundations’ ‘Baby Now That I’ve Found You’ didn’t just aspire to Motown’ classic sound. They captured it.