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Stevie Wonder, November 14, 2014: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Stevie Wonder, November 14, 2014: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Stevie Wonder’s ‘Songs in the Key of Life’ is one of those albums that I can truly say changed my life.

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.

‘Everything else was sort of insignificant': After Otis Redding sang ‘Try a Little Tenderness,’ it became his

‘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.

‘It’s really hard to describe': Hall and Oates came full circle with Temptations reunion

‘It’s really hard to describe': Hall and Oates came full circle with Temptations reunion

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.

‘So weird, but it’s fantastic': Daryl Hall marvels over Rose Parade ride

‘So weird, but it’s fantastic': Daryl Hall marvels over Rose Parade ride

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.

‘How are we going to make that work?': Moment of inspiration sparked a familiar Stax hit

‘How are we going to make that work?': Moment of inspiration sparked a familiar Stax hit

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?”

fDeluxe – Live & Tight … As a Funk Fiends’ Fix (2013)

I’m not paranoid — usually — but the band fDeluxe has it in for me.

‘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.

Tower of Power – Hipper than Hip: Live in 1974 (2013)

Tower of Power – Hipper than Hip: Live in 1974 (2013)

Recorded live at the peak of their considerable powers in May 1974, Hipper than Hip finds Tower of Power — powered along by frontman Lenny Williams — setting a Long Island radio-station soundstage ablaze.

‘We were a little luckier': Booker T. and the MGs stood apart from the standard house band

‘We were a little luckier': Booker T. and the MGs stood apart from the standard house band

As part of Booker T. and the MGs, Steve Cropper played on countless hits, though often the record-buying public had no idea of their involvement. The guitar legend explains why that never mattered.