Soul Music

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.

Something Else! sneak peek: Mavis Staples + North Mississippi All-Stars, “I’ve Been Buked” (2014)

Something Else! sneak peek: Mavis Staples + North Mississippi All-Stars, “I’ve Been Buked” (2014)

“Mercy!” Staples crows. “Oooh boy, you’re banging on that guit-fiddle!”

‘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.

‘The real Southern soul roots of music': Steve Cropper opens up on his favorite new band

‘The real Southern soul roots of music': Steve Cropper opens up on his favorite new band

Not that it’s easy to draw an answer out of the famously even-handed Stax legend.

‘It wasn’t rehearsed to go like that': Mavis Staples remembers key scene from the Band’s Last Waltz

‘It wasn’t rehearsed to go like that': Mavis Staples remembers key scene from the Band’s Last Waltz

“Had you been there,” the Staple Singers star says, “you would have heard my heart pounding.”

‘A powerhouse not to be duplicated': Dan Aykroyd on the secret to the Blues Brothers’ success

‘A powerhouse not to be duplicated': Dan Aykroyd on the secret to the Blues Brothers’ success

They had the luck of timing and a classic R&B cut. They also had something else.

‘A storm came across the river': Fate intervened during the construction of a legendary Stax track

‘A storm came across the river': Fate intervened during the construction of a legendary Stax track

“I don’t think,” Steve Cropper says, “I had even pulled my guitar out of the case yet.”

Incognito – Amplified Soul (2014)

‘Amplified Soul’ is Incognito’s usual great stuff, which qualifies as well above average classic-style soul.

‘What are we going to do?': Steve Cropper remembers Otis Redding’s final recording sessions

‘What are we going to do?': Steve Cropper remembers Otis Redding’s final recording sessions

As important, and as emotional, as “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay” has always been to Otis Redding’s legacy, there has long been a misconception about it