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The Stax Story....Part Two!

Stax Records was founded basically by two white folks who loved black music and decided to market black oriented product. They had no idea as to just how big the company would become.

They started with broken equipment and very little operating capital and took their tiny company into the mega-rich world of the international music business.

In the beginning, their tiny company was named Satellite Records. After a couple of successful records, Jim Stewart and Estelle Axton were sued by a company claiming infringement and changed the name of the company to Stax. STewart and AXton. From that point on, every record they touched turned to gold. And when that happens....situations always change.

Stax changed from a "mom and pop" operation in 1965 when Al Bell was brought into the fold. Bell was a highly educated and talented black man who came from a music background as he had been a very popular DJ and knew the ins and outs of the music business. Though Bell brought many positive ideas to the Stax label; he also created a type of discension and it wasn't long before there were lines drawn between the white players and black producers and writers.

Part Three will deal with the greed which is inherent when any company finally breaks out of the small time into the big world of high finance.

John Rhys-Eddins

Here's the music for Part Two....

1)...."Green Onions"....Booker T. and The MG's
2)...."Shake"....Otis Redding (live in Europe)
3)...."Born Under A Bad Sign"....Albert King
4)...."Soul Man"....Sam and Dave
5)...."Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay"....Otis Redding
6)...."Who's Makin' Love With Your Old Lady"....Johnny Taylor
7)...."Time Is Tight"....Booker T. and The MG's
8)...."Do The Funky Chicken"....Rufus Thomas
9)...."Mr. Big Stuff"....Jean Knight
10)..."Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get"....The Dramatics
11)..."Green Onions"....Booker T. and The MG's

Part Two....The Stax Story!

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