Rhythm and Blues

John Oates on the thing he hates most about Hall and Oates: ‘Just be totally objective about it’

John Oates on the thing he hates most about Hall and Oates: ‘Just be totally objective about it’

Everyone, no matter their stature, can find themselves regretting a few things – and John Oates of Hall and Oates is no different.

Steve Cropper on the Black Crowes’ cover of ‘Hard to Handle’ : ‘They threw it off time by half a beat’

Steve Cropper on the Black Crowes’ cover of ‘Hard to Handle’ : ‘They threw it off time by half a beat’

Steve Cropper offers his take on the Black Crowes’ 1990 hit version of an Otis Redding classic, and reveals a special connection with the band.

David Bowie’s Let’s Dance illustrated the durability of Chic’s hitmaking sound

David Bowie’s Let’s Dance illustrated the durability of Chic’s hitmaking sound

Credit David Bowie for understanding how to cast his latest iteration. But also Chic for having the goods to make that nascent vision a reality.

Daryl Hall on how MTV ruined a huge Hall and Oates hit: ‘It was really, really frustrating’

Daryl Hall on how MTV ruined a huge Hall and Oates hit: ‘It was really, really frustrating’

Though they came of age in the singer-songwriter 1970s, Hall and Oates found their biggest successes in the video-obsessed decade that followed.

Steve Cropper was determined to work with Percy Sledge: ‘Just pay me union minimum’

Steve Cropper was determined to work with Percy Sledge: ‘Just pay me union minimum’

When Steve Cropper finally got a chance to work with Percy Sledge, he did everything he could to make it happen — regardless of the cost.

Percy Sledge may have been a one hit wonder, but what a hit it was

Percy Sledge may have been a one hit wonder, but what a hit it was

Percy Sledge has died at 73 having long been dubbed a one hit wonder. But that one hit – “When a Man Loves a Woman” – was a wonder, indeed.

Vahagn Stepanyan – Moonlight (2015)

Vahagn Stepanyan – Moonlight (2015)

‘Moonlight’ covers a lot ground musically, yet Armenian-born keyboardist Vahagn Stepanyan manages to hit the mark with each song.

It’s unclear when, or if, Booker T. and the MGs will record again: ‘I’m not saying never’

It’s unclear when, or if, Booker T. and the MGs will record again: ‘I’m not saying never’

Silent for more than two decades now, Booker T. and the MGs have lost another member since their most recent studio project.

Silk Degrees launched Boz Scaggs’ solo career, and Toto too: ‘So much talent and invention’

Silk Degrees launched Boz Scaggs’ solo career, and Toto too: ‘So much talent and invention’

Boz Scaggs released his biggest-ever hit this month in 1976, providing the big-bang moment for an up-and-coming band named Toto along the way.

The Jackson 5 – The Ultimate Collection (1996): On Second Thought

The Jackson 5 – The Ultimate Collection (1996): On Second Thought

Rare is the group that appeals to both squealing girls and picky critics, but such was the Jackson 5.