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Stevie Wonder’s Innervisions brilliantly mixed social realism, spiritual affirmation

Stevie Wonder’s Innervisions brilliantly mixed social realism, spiritual affirmation

‘Innervisions’ arrived on Aug. 3, 1973 amidst an almost-unfathomable run of important recordings from Stevie Wonder, but it may well be his best.

John Belushi originally thought Steve Cropper was a roadie: ‘The guy with the long hair?’

John Belushi originally thought Steve Cropper was a roadie: ‘The guy with the long hair?’

John Belushi actually met Stax legend Steve Cropper early into putting together the Blues Brothers band. But he assumed Cropper was someone else.

Nick DeRiso’s Mid-Year Best of 2015 (Jazz, Blues + R&B): Gavin Harrison, Dave Douglas + others

Nick DeRiso’s Mid-Year Best of 2015 (Jazz, Blues + R&B): Gavin Harrison, Dave Douglas + others

This Mid-Year Best of 2015 list also includes Boz Scaggs, Pops Staples, Papa Mali, Wes Montgomery, Robben Ford, the Word, Steve Earle and Beth Hart.

Carl Hall – You Don’t Know Nothing About Love (2015)

Carl Hall – You Don’t Know Nothing About Love (2015)

Lost R&B legend Carl Hall gives each performance a gospel-infused, four-octave charge. And yet he somehow remains stubbornly obscure.

Legendary blues guitarist Bo Diddley is shown in this undated publicity photograph. Diddley has died in Florida on June 2, 2008 after being ill for several months.  REUTERS/Courtesy Universal Music Group/Handout (UNITED STATES).  NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.

Bo Diddley used a canny sense of PR to open the door for modern rock and hip hop

The famous “shave-and-a-haircut, two-bits” beat didn’t start with Bo Diddley, who died on June 3, 2008. Through sheer force of will, he made it his own.

Please, don’t categorize Hall and Oates this way: ‘It’s a racist term’

Please, don’t categorize Hall and Oates this way: ‘It’s a racist term’

For years, maybe from the beginning, the music of Hall and Oates has been described by the same musical term – and Daryl Hall despises it.

Booker T. and the MGs’ ageless ‘Green Onions’ had an offhanded birth: ‘You know, that ain’t bad’

Booker T. and the MGs’ ageless ‘Green Onions’ had an offhanded birth: ‘You know, that ain’t bad’

If Booker T. and the MGs’ signature hit “Green Onions” always felt like a loose-limbed good time among musical friends, that’s because it actually was.

Steve Cropper was determined to work with Percy Sledge: ‘Just pay me union minimum’

Steve Cropper was determined to work with Percy Sledge: ‘Just pay me union minimum’

When Steve Cropper finally got a chance to work with Percy Sledge, he did everything he could to make it happen — regardless of the cost.

Vahagn Stepanyan – Moonlight (2015)

Vahagn Stepanyan – Moonlight (2015)

‘Moonlight’ covers a lot ground musically, yet Armenian-born keyboardist Vahagn Stepanyan manages to hit the mark with each song.

The Jackson 5 – The Ultimate Collection (1996): On Second Thought

The Jackson 5 – The Ultimate Collection (1996): On Second Thought

Rare is the group that appeals to both squealing girls and picky critics, but such was the Jackson 5.