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‘A magical guitar for me': After a long journey, hitmaking Hall and Oates instrument is back

‘A magical guitar for me': After a long journey, hitmaking Hall and Oates instrument is back

Remember the video for “I Can’t Go For That”? It’s there. Live Aid? There, too. Early TV performances of “Rich Girl” and “Sara Smile”? Yep. But whatever happened to John Oates’ modified ’58 Strat?

‘All of those hippies got quiet': Inside Otis Redding’s breakout performance at Monterey Pop

‘All of those hippies got quiet': Inside Otis Redding’s breakout performance at Monterey Pop

Otis Redding made his signature debut before a predominantly white audience at the Monterey Pop Festival, and those who were on stage with him say the moment still resonates more than 45 years later.

‘We’d still like to get one more': The Temptations’ ageless Otis Williams isn’t close to retiring

‘We’d still like to get one more': The Temptations’ ageless Otis Williams isn’t close to retiring

Otis Williams, nicknamed “Big Daddy” for his imposing presence, stands as the only surviving original member of the Motown hitmaking juggernaut known as the Temptations.

‘I was just fooling around with it': New keyboard led to Hall and Oates’ most recent No. 1 hit

‘I was just fooling around with it': New keyboard led to Hall and Oates’ most recent No. 1 hit

Hall and Oates’ most recent No. 1 single started as an experiment with a new synthesizer. It ended up atop the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks in December 1984, and — amazingly — appeared on four other charts, as well.

Kevin Coelho – Turn It Up (2013)

It’s an interesting thing to hear the teenaged Kevin Coelho take to an instrument like the Hammond B3 organ. In part, this is because said instrument is often associated with the more “old-fashioned” side of life.

Almost Hits: Bobby Caldwell, “Coming Down From Love” (1980)

Almost Hits: Bobby Caldwell, “Coming Down From Love” (1980)

Here’s the answer to that question, “what to do for an encore after such a note-perfect quiet storm groove tune as ‘What You Won’t Do For Love’?”

Billy Preston – 16 Year Old Soul (1963; 2013 reissue)

For all of the unabridged amazement surrounding Billy Preston’s high school-aged mastery of both the bubbling jazz of Jimmy Smith and the lean Memphis R&B of Booker T. Jones, the truth is, he’d been at this a while.

‘They sounded entirely different': Personal touch is what made Stax Records special

‘They sounded entirely different': Personal touch is what made Stax Records special

For Stax Records executive Al Bell, the label’s focus on personalized arrangements was what made its stable of stars into timeless figures. Unlike some of their competitors, he says no two of their records sounded exactly alike.

Almost Hits: Hall and Oates, “It’s Uncanny” from No Goodbyes (1977)

Almost Hits: Hall and Oates, “It’s Uncanny” from No Goodbyes (1977)

It’s not always easy to find an unfiltered moment like this from Hall and Oates — a pairing that has become so closely associated with genre-jumping mixtures of street-corner soul with modern new-wave verve.

‘The rest is history': Unfilled studio time led to discovery of a young Otis Redding

‘The rest is history': Unfilled studio time led to discovery of a young Otis Redding

A trick of fate launched Otis Redding’s career. He was, in 1962, working with a flamboyant guitarist named Johnny Jenkins, who had some unused studio time at Stax Records. Up to the mic stepped Redding.