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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.

‘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.

‘Pretty raw, and pretty fresh’: On the first-take genius of Stax stars like Otis Redding

‘Pretty raw, and pretty fresh’: On the first-take genius of Stax stars like Otis Redding

The wonder, in listening to ageless sides from Stax Records stars like Otis Redding, was how often they came from one-take performances. Too, these songs were typically written just days, or even hours, beforehand.

Into the Great Wide Open: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, “Hometown Blues” (1976)

Into the Great Wide Open: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, “Hometown Blues” (1976)

It’s interesting that “Hometown Blues” is featured on two Heartbreakers best-of compilations — 1995’s five-disc, career-spanning box set Playback and 2000’s double-disc Anthology: Through The Years. Firstly, there are arguably better songs from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers that didn’t make the cut

‘Always something you can learn’: For Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones, Duck Dunn and James Jamerson were huge

Largely self-taught, Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones learned most of his early craft on the bass from listening to albums from the Stax and Motown legacy.

‘We had more fun making that movie’: The Blues Brothers sequel remains a favorite for Steve Cropper

‘We had more fun making that movie’: The Blues Brothers sequel remains a favorite for Steve Cropper

Blues Brothers 2000, the belated sequel to 1980’s blockbuster Blues Brothers, wouldn’t be as heralded as the first — and that’s in no small way because original star John Belushi was gone. Yet, Steve Cropper might just have better memories the second time around.

Elvis Presley – Elvis at Stax (2013)

So much for the long-held notion that Elvis Presley had simply thrown away his own gifts by the 1970s. In fact, these soul-soaked sessions at Memphis’ legendary Stax Studios show an artist still deeply committed

Booker T. and the MGs – Green Onions (1962; 2012 reissue)

A sizzling outburst of lean pre-funk soul-rock, Green Onions introduced the world to the genre-jumping delights of Booker T, and the MGs.

The Friday Morning Listen: Bee Gees – Here At Last Bee Gees…Live (1977)

So I’ve been spending some time recently filtering through “stuff.” That is, combing through piles, boxes, and closets full of belongings in the attempt to get our house ready for sale.

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.

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