Rhythm and Blues

Forgotten series: RPM Records Sampler: How’s About That Then? (2005)

Forgotten series: RPM Records Sampler: How’s About That Then? (2005)

Check this out!: Leo Sayer gets downright funky. Yes, Leo Sayer.

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Don’t Do It” from Live at the Academy of Music (2013)

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Don’t Do It” from Live at the Academy of Music (2013)

They create something deeper than what came before – something harder to quantify.

‘He did it the one time only’: How an ad lib changed everything for Steve Cropper

‘He did it the one time only’: How an ad lib changed everything for Steve Cropper

Decades later, this kind of off-the-cuff aside is increasingly rare.

‘Man, you’re out of your mind!’: The time John Oates almost gave away a Hall and Oates charttopper

‘Man, you’re out of your mind!’: The time John Oates almost gave away a Hall and Oates charttopper

John Oates had started writing it for one of their main influences.

One Track Mind: Prince, “Clouds” from Art Official Age (2014)

One Track Mind: Prince, “Clouds” from Art Official Age (2014)

Nastily elastic, fantastically dense, this heralds a new age. Or, really, an old one.

Dr. John – Ske-Dat-De-Dat: Spirit of Satch (2014)

Dr. John – Ske-Dat-De-Dat: Spirit of Satch (2014)

He never stops experimenting, never stops surprising, and never stops entertaining.

‘He mouths at me, Oh my God’: Inside Michael McDonald’s off-the-cuff audition for the Doobie Brothers

‘He mouths at me, Oh my God’: Inside Michael McDonald’s off-the-cuff audition for the Doobie Brothers

They were in the early stages of what became 1976′s ‘Takin’ It to the Streets.’

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Share Your Love [With Me]” from Moondog Matinee (1973)

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Share Your Love [With Me]” from Moondog Matinee (1973)

Filled with depthless longing, “Share Your Love” gave this album an emotional center.

‘I just said immediately — this is it’: Steve Cropper knew he had a hit with this Otis Redding favorite

‘I just said immediately — this is it’: Steve Cropper knew he had a hit with this Otis Redding favorite

And it’s not like Cropper hasn’t had a slew of them, from Wilson Pickett to Otis Redding.

‘We really did come full circle’: Live Aid provided worldwide stage as Hall and Oates honored their heroes

‘We really did come full circle’: Live Aid provided worldwide stage as Hall and Oates honored their heroes

Nearly 2 billion watched as Daryl Hall and John Oates did the old Temptations moves.