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‘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.

Beyonce – Beyonce (2013)

Beyonce – Beyonce (2013)

Beyoncé’s eponymous fifth album took many by surprise with its release on December 13 via iTunes without any hype or promotion, but perhaps what’s most surprising – and exhilarating – about this release is the actual music

‘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’?”