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The Temptations – The Temptations Christmas Card (1970): On Second Thought

The Temptations – The Temptations Christmas Card (1970): On Second Thought

This album will always be defined by its lead-off moment, as the Temptations take a kid’s song and transform it into a funked-out Yuletide hoot.

D’Angelo and the Vanguard – Black Messiah (2014)

D’Angelo and the Vanguard – Black Messiah (2014)

With D’Angelo’s pertinent message, color-blurring harmonics and a total lack of slickness, ‘Black Messiah’ is a worthy successor to ‘Voodoo.’

Bill Withers built a Hall of Fame career by challenging convention

Bill Withers built a Hall of Fame career by challenging convention

Highly personal songs addressing both personal and political issues propelled Bill Withers into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Steve Cropper on the 5 Royales’ lasting impact: ‘Deserved more credit than they ever got’

Steve Cropper on the 5 Royales’ lasting impact: ‘Deserved more credit than they ever got’

Steve Cropper has long advocated for the 5 Royales, newly announced recipients of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Early Influence Award.

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?”