No, there’s no guitar on the Mar-Keys’ Top 5 pop and R&B hit “Last Night.” But yes, Steve Cropper was part of that seminal 1961 Stax side — playing a completely different instrument the old-fashioned way.
‘That changed every member of that band’s life’: Steve Cropper to return to site of stirring Stax success
When Steve Cropper performs another round of European dates with the Animals in the fall, he will be returning to the site of some of Stax Records’ biggest — and, for some, most surprising — successes in the late 1960s. An explosive revue featuring Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, Carla Thomas and Eddie Floyd was backed by Booker T. andRead More
Close your eyes, and there’s no way you picture this guy singing these songs. The guy with the glasses, the suit, the flushed cheeks.
In a way, The Royal Sessions project is an enraptured testament to soul that Paul Rodgers has always been destined to release. His whiskey-splashed rasp was simply made for this kind of thing
Hall and Oates, not long after their acceptance into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, got back to work — though, as has been increasingly the case lately, not together. Turns out, that strengthens their bond.
The genesis of this easy-rocking, blues-belting, soul-lifting collection of songs has probably played out — with far less success — on a million couches, in a million musician’s living rooms. Renee Cheek and David Hyde started with a wish list of guests.
‘Everything else was sort of insignificant’: After Otis Redding sang ‘Try a Little Tenderness,’ it became his
There had been, to be sure, other versions of “Try a Little Tenderness,” beginning with the Ray Noble Orchestra in 1932. Aretha Franklin had an early-1960s hit with it, too. But none is quite so revered as Otis Redding’s take.
When Daryl Hall and John Oates were asked to perform at the gala mid-1980s reopening of the Apollo Theater, Hall says they immediately thought of appearing with the Temptations. The problem? Their childhood heroes Eddie Kendrick and David Ruffin were on the outs.
Daryl Hall didn’t just participate in the 125th Tournament of Roses Parade today. His float, festooned as they all were with countless eye-popping flowers, actually replicated the set for Live from Daryl’s House.
Steve Cropper’s first reaction when Eddie Floyd said he wanted to write something about superstitions was rather circumspect: “Doesn’t Stevie Wonder already have a song about that?”