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The Stax Story....Part One!

In 1961, I had the good fortune of working for a great gentleman and famous record promotion man, Joe Galkin.

Joe Galkin
We were traveling through the deep south, promoting along the way when we came to Memphis, Tennessee. Joe said the first stop we were going make was at some friends of his who had just started a small record label named Satellite.

We pulled into the black section of Memphis and turned onto McLemore Street and stopped in front of an old theatre; The Capitol. Inside The Capitol was a small record store. I was introduced a white lady whose name was Estelle Axton. She was selling records to a couple of young folks while the music blared through the small store.

Little did I know at the time that this was the humble beginning of what would become one of the most powerful music driven companies in the world....Stax Records.

There is no one in the world who has not heard a Stax record. This company also became one of the most important driving agencies for political change in the USA. Certainly a great deal more than Motown until Marvin Gaye was allowed to release his famous What's Goin' On LP.

Tune in as John plays the most famous of the important Stax single records in order of their release.

Tune in to Part One of this educational and entertaining show.

John Rhys-Eddins/BluePower.com

Here's the music:

1)...."Green Onions"....Booker T. and the MG's
2)...."Gee Whiz"....Carla Thomas
3)...."Last Night"....The Mar-Keys
4)...."Walkin' The Dog"....Rufus Thomas
5)...."Respect"....Otis Redding
6)...."Hold On I'm Coming"....Sam and Dave
7)...."B-A-B-Y"....Carla Thomas
8)...."Knock On Wood"....Eddie Floyd
9)...."Soul Finger"....The Barkays
10)..."Tramp"....Otis and Carla
11)..."Green Onions"....Booker T. and The Mg's

2 Comments

  • I love Stax music.. I hear a lot of it on
    www.AllMemphisMusic.com

    A great internet station.
  • Now , thats some feelin good music, can blend together people's of all walks & talks of life--yes a true rainbow coalition. (when American Blues graduated to Soul, I became alive!!!) Great show, John!!! Hittin home!--- Danny