Tag Archives: Stax Records

EVERYBODY MAKES A MISTAKE: STAX SOUTHERN SOUL VOLUME 2.

Everybody Makes A Mistake: Stax Southern Soul Volume 2. Label: Kent Soul. Format: CD. Satellite Records was founded in 1957 by Jim Stewart and Estelle Axton  and four years later in 1961 the label changed its name to Stax Records. The newly named label was joined by Volt Records which was its sister label. This …

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CULT CLASSIC: BETTYE CRUTCHER-LONG AS YOU LOVE ME.

Cult Classic: Bettye Crutcher-As Long As You Love Me. For Bettye Crutcher, getting a foothold in the male-dominated world of Memphis songwriting wasn’t easy. Her songs already been rejected by Willie Mitchell at Hi Records. Willie told her he’d already got Don Bryant signed to Hi Records. Don had already established himself as a successful and …

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MORE FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TRAX: VOLT 45 RPM RARITIES 1960-1964.

More From The Other Side Of The Trax: Volt 45rpm Rarities 1960-1968. Nowadays, Pablo Picasso is regarded as one of the most important and influential artists in the history of art. Not only was he a painter, playwright, poet and printmaker, but a sculptor and ceramicist. Pablo Picasso also cofounded the Cubist movement, co-invented collage …

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IAN LEVINE’S SOLID STAX SENSATIONS.

IAN LEVINE’S SOLID STAX SENSATIONS. The Stax Records’ story began in 1957, when Jim Stewart founded Satellite Records. Four years later, in 1961, Satellite Records changed its name to Stax Records. That day, one of what become one of the most successful independent soul labels was born. This success lasted fourteen years. Then on December …

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DAVID PORTER-…INTO A REAL THING…AND MORE.

DAVID PORTER-…INTO A REAL THING…AND MORE. Ten years ago, in 2005, David Porter was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall Of Fame. By then, David Porter was a veteran of the music industry. He started off as a singer, and then became a producer and songwriter. It was as a songwriter that Dave Porter’s best known. …

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GEORGE JACKSON-OLD FRIEND-THE FAME RECORDINGS VOLUME 3.

GEORGE JACKSON-OLD FRIEND-THE FAME RECORDINGS VOLUME 3. Prolific. That’s the best way to describe George Jackson. As a songwriter, he wrote over three-hundred songs. This includes penning tracks for James Carr, Wilson Pickett, Eddie Floyd, Clarence Carter, Z.Z. Hill, Candi Staton, Bettye Swann, Ann Peebles, The Osmonds, Bobby Womack and Bob Seger. George first started …

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CARLA THOMAS-SWEET SWEETHEART-THE AMERICAN STUDIO SESSIONS AND MORE.

CARLA THOMAS-SWEET SWEETHEART-THE AMERICAN STUDIO SESSIONS AND MORE. Musical history is littered with tales of great lost albums. Among them are Johnny Thunders’ Hurt Me, John Cale’s Music For A Lost Society and Neu’s Neu 4. Then there’s Kratwerk and The Undisputed Truth’s eponymous albums. Some of the best known lost albums include Prince’s Black …

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DARRELL BANKS-I’M THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU-THE COMPLETE VOLT RECORDINGS.

DARRELL BANKS-I’M THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU-THE COMPLETE VOLT RECORDINGS. Although Darrell Banks only released two albums in a career that didn’t even last three years, his popularity surpasses singers whose careers were much longer and much more productive. Including demos, Darrell Banks discography numbers less than forty tracks. That was Darrell Banks’ musical legacy. …

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THE STAPLES SINGERS FEATURING MAVIS STAPLES-THIS TIME AROUND.

THE STAPLES SINGERS FEATURING MAVIS STAPLES-THIS TIME AROUND. Having signed to Stax Records in 1968, The Staple Singers went on to be one of Stax’s most successful groups. They helped fill the void left by the death of Otis Redding and the loss of Sam and Dave to Atlantic Records. Along with Isaac Hayes and …

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BETTYE CRUTCHER-LONG AS YOU LOVE ME.

BETTYE CRUTCHER-LONG AS YOU LOVE ME. For Bettye Crutcher, getting a foothold in the male-dominated world of Memphis songwriting wasn’t easy. Her songs already been rejected by Willie Mitchell at Hi Records. Willie told her he’d already got Don Bryant signed to Hi Records. Don had already established himself as a successful and prolific songwriter. …

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DAVID PORTER-GRITTY, GROOVIN’ AND GETTIN’ IT.

DAVID PORTER-GRITTY, GROOVIN’ AND GETTIN’ IT. By the summer of 1969, David Porter was one of the most important people at Stax Records. He’d played his part in the label’s success story since 1961, when he cowrote That was The Life I Live, the B-side to Barbara Stephens’ single I Don’t Worry. Soon, David established …

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BOOKER T.-I WANT YOU.

BOOKER T.-I WANT YOU. It’s no exaggeration to refer to Booker T. Jones as a musical prodigy. Born in Memphis in 1944, Booker T’s musical talents were obvious from an early age. Whilst still at Booker T. Washington High School, Booker T. was already able to play piano, organ, oboe, saxophone and trombone. Aged sixteen, …

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BOOKER T. AND THE MGs-McLEMORE AVENUE.

BOOKER T. AND THE MGs-McLEMORE AVENUE. Back in 1993, I was truly fortunate to see Booker T. and The MGs live. They were accompanying Neil Young on his European Tour. For someone who loves the music of Booker T. and The MGs, Stax and Neil Young, this was a concert I wasn’t going to miss. …

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OTIS REDDING-THE SOUL ALBUM.

OTIS REDDING-THE SOUL ALBUM. In this article, I’m going to write about one of the greatest soul singers ever. Sadly, during their lifetime, they only released six albums. This album was their fourth album, released in 1966. Tragically, he died in tragic circumstances aged twenty-six, when the plane he was traveling on, crashed killing six …

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