Tag: Jim Stewart

Stax Soul Explosion

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Soul Serenade: Stax’s “Soul Explosion”

It’s a well-known story at this point. In 1968, Stax Records co-founder Jim Stewart decided to put an end to the distribution deal...

Rufus Thomas

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Soul Serenade: Rufus Thomas, “Walking the Dog”

“His music … brought a great deal of joy to the world, but his personality brought even more, conveying a message of grit,...

Stax '68

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Soul Serenade: Stax ’68 — A Memphis Story

1968 was a momentous year for the nation, the city of Memphis, and Stax Records...

Soul Serenade - Isaac Hayes

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Soul Serenade: Isaac Hayes, “Walk On By”

A new collection celebrates the resurgence of a legendary soul label...

Book Reviews, Books

Book Review: Robert Gordon, “Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion”

To me, the music of Stax Records, the seminal soul music label from Memphis, has always been sacred, from the time I was a child.  All...

Soul Serenade - Respect Yourself

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Soul Serenade: Robert Gordon’s New Book, “Respect Yourself” (Win a Copy!)

Win a copy of Robert Gordon's new history of Stax Records...

Eddie Floyd

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Soul Serenade: Eddie Floyd, “Big Bird”

"Big Bird" wasn't a hit for Eddie Floyd but it made a lasting impression...

Wilson Pickett

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Soul Serenade: Wilson Pickett, “Ninety-Nine And A Half (Won’t Do)”

Wilson Pickett had a storied career with Atlantic Records in the '60s....

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Soul Serenade: Booker T & The MG’s, “Green Onions”

Booker T & The MG's never equaled the success of their first record...

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Soul Serenade: Carla Thomas, “Gee Whiz (Look at His Eyes)”

Carla Thomas had a stellar career that began with a ballad she wrote at age 15....

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Soul Serenade: Stax Remasters Series (Win the Set!)

The Stax label released many of the seminal records in soul music history. The Stax Remasters series launches next week. We have a set for...