Tag: Stax Records

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...

The Soul Children

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Soul Serenade: The Soul Children, “The Sweeter He Is”

We’ve heard about one-hit wonders and even no-hit wonders but what about groups that had multiple hits and still manage to be...

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Soul Serenade: Danny White, “Can’t Do Nothing Without You”

For every musician who becomes a household name, there are hundreds, probably even thousands who toil in clubs for many years, getting a...

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...

Stax Singles, Vol. 4

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Soul Serenade: “Stax Singles, Vol. 4: Rarities & the Best of the Rest”

A new box-set delves deeper into the Stax catalog than any previous reissue...

Isaac Hayes

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Soul Serenade: The Holy Trinity of Soul (Isaac Hayes Vinyl Reissues)

Craft Recordings has remastered and reissued three of the seminal albums in soul music history on vinyl. It's a veritable Holy Trinity of...

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Album Review: Big Star, “The Best of Big Star”

So here’s the short version – Stax Records, in conjunction with Ardent, has finally released a sensible compilation of Big...

Carla Thomas

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Soul Serenade: Carla Thomas, “B-A-B-Y”

Rhino Entertainment celebrates the 60th anniversary of Stax with a budget-friendly series of compilations and reissues...

Judy Clay and William Bell

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Soul Serenade: Judy Clay & William Bell, “Private Number”

Judy Clay was known for her duet hits but she had much more to offer...

Darrell Banks

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Soul Serenade: Darrell Banks, “Open The Door To Your Heart”

Darrell Banks had a hit in '66, but his life was cut short before he reached his full potential...

The Ovations

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Soul Serenade: The Ovations, “Touching Me”

A revived group of Ovations with a new lineup scored a hit in 1972...

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Soul Serenade: Mel & Tim, “Starting All Over Again”

Mel & Tim went to Muscle Shoals to record their 1972 hit...

The Bo-Keys

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Soul Serenade: The Bo-Keys, “The Longer You Wait”

The Bo-Keys rose from the ashes of a legendary '60s soul band...

Isaac Hayes

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Soul Serenade: Isaac Hayes, “I Stand Accused”

Isaac Hayes' 1970 album was a key component in the Stax Records resurgence...

Bobby Marchan

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Soul Serenade: Bobby Marchan, “There’s Something On Your Mind”

Bobby Marchan's unusual career reached a high point with his 1960 hit...

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Soul Men: The Idiot Grins on Stax, Gram Parsons, and Bringing It All Back

Lots of music lovers would declare soul dead, or at least convalescing. (Unless you count artists like Bruno Mars who meld soul with funk,...

Wilson Pickett

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Soul Serenade: Wilson Pickett, “In The Midnight Hour”

It's New Year's Eve! Everybody's waiting for The Midnight Hour...

Luther Ingram

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Soul Serenade: Luther Ingram, “(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want To Be Right”

Luther Ingram released his indelible soul classic in 1972...

The Mad Lads

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Soul Serenade: The Mad Lads, “Don’t Have To Shop Around”

In the beginning, there was doo-wop ... even at Stax....

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...

Soul Serenade - Johnnie Taylor

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Soul Serenade: Johnnie Taylor, “Steal Away”

Johnnie Taylor covered Jimmy Hughes and made it his own...

Soul Serenade - The Dramatics

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Soul Serenade: The Dramatics, “In The Rain”

Rain! Thunder! The dramatic Dramatics!...

Soul Serenade - The Staple Singers

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Soul Serenade: The Staple Singers, “Let’s Do It Again”

The Staple Singers let go of the past on this 1975 classic...

Soul Serenade - Jean Knight

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Soul Serenade: Jean Knight, “Mr. Big Stuff”

Jean Knight turned up the heat in '71...

Soul Serenade - Shirley Brown

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Soul Serenade: Shirley Brown, “Woman To Woman”

Shirley Brown scored big but it was too late for Stax...

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...

Soul Serenade - Donny Hathaway

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Soul Serenade: Donny Hathaway, “Never My Love – The Anthology” (Win A Copy)

Win a copy of the new four disc anthology from Rhino...

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ALBUM REVIEW: Booker T., “Sound The Alarm”

Indeed – Sound The Alarm is an apt title for an artist with the legend and magnitude of the great Booker T. Jones.  Back on Stax...

Jimmy Hughes

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Soul Serenade: Jimmy Hughes, “Steal Away”

"Steal Away" made the world aware of a small Alabama town...