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Steve Cropper’s research into then-unknown Wilson Pickett sparked his initial hit: ‘I found some gospel songs’

Steve Cropper’s research into then-unknown Wilson Pickett sparked his initial hit: ‘I found some gospel songs’

Steve Cropper inadvertantly discovered the seeds of Wilson Pickett’s breakthrough song while trying to figure out just who Pickett was.

Death Cab for Cutie, “Black Sun” from Kintsugi (2015): One Track Mind

Death Cab for Cutie, “Black Sun” from Kintsugi (2015): One Track Mind

It’s easy to think of “Black Sun” as Death Cab for Cutie’s layered farewell to Chris Walla. Instead, it feels more like a new beginning.

Otis Redding’s “Dock of the Bay” emerged out of crushing grief: ‘I can’t go in that studio’

Otis Redding’s “Dock of the Bay” emerged out of crushing grief: ‘I can’t go in that studio’

Otis Redding’s “Dock of the Bay,” released 47 years ago this month, was a labor of love for his friend and musical companion Steve Cropper.

Irma Thomas – Full Time Woman: The Lost Cotillion Album (2014)

Not yet recognized as the Soul Queen of New Orleans, Irma Thomas had gone some time without a hit by the time she signed with Atlantic’s Cotillion subsidiary in the early 1970s. She’d last charted a pop hit in 1966, and had only gotten to No. 42 with her most recent R&B hit — back in 1968.

‘To be honest, it was hard’: Jason Bonham’s disappointment over Led Zeppelin’s refusal to reunite

‘To be honest, it was hard’: Jason Bonham’s disappointment over Led Zeppelin’s refusal to reunite

Jason Bonham has moved on, taking part in a trio of studio recordings with Black Country Communion. But that doesn’t mean the drummer doesn’t still feel the emotional pull of his time with Led Zeppelin.

Fanfarlo – Rooms Filled With Light (2012)

This English group combines alt-rock, world-music polyrhythms and chamber pop into an amalgam that sounds like David Byrne sitting in with Philip Glass.

Steve Cropper – Dedicated (2011)

Tribute records are a tricky things; star-studded tribute projects even more so. It takes a strong unifying voice, some central character beyond the featured composer, to save them from sounding like choppy compilations.

Gimme Five: Steve Cropper on "Knock on Wood," "Dock of the Bay," "Soul Man," others

Steve Cropper, of Booker T. and the MGs and Stax Records fame, has trouble picking any one moment on his upcoming star-studded project Dedicated as his favorite. So, we went further back into his legendary soul-soaked career.

Death Cab for Cutie, “You Are A Tourist” (2011): One Track Mind

A long-awaited advance single hails the return of that odd conundrum called Death Cab for Cutie, whose spit-take name can’t begin to hint at the deep musical complexities tucked away inside.

Deep Cuts: Ray Charles, "Am I Blue" (1959)

“Am I Blue” is a largely forgotten argument for Ray Charles’ striking ability to synthesize jazz, blues, country and gospel into music with a broader appeal. That’s saying something, considering that it appears on The Genius of Ray Charles, a half-big band/half-strings Atlantic release that became one of his most celebrated efforts. Charles effortlessly melds both the secular and sacredRead More

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