Category Archives: Retro

Stax / Volt

By Gary:

Tonight’s post will be about a small record company that started in Memphis in 1957 as Satellite Records.  They would initially record rockabilly and country music, but in the Early 60’s they would change their name and become one of the Best Rhythm and Blues recording companies and studios in history.  No, I’m not talking about today’s interpretation of R&B, but the real stuff, with the horns, great bass drive and some of the finest artists ever.  They would be predominant during the Sixties, but because of some bad distribution and relationship arrangements they would cease to exist in 1978.  During their period they would produce some of the greatest records and Artists of my era.  Yes, artists like, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Sam and Dave, Booker T & the MG’s, Arthur Conley, Rufus and Carla Thomas, Eddie Floyd, the Mar-Keys, Bar-Kays and the list goes on forever.  They would be known as Stax with their sister Company Volt and would become Stax/Volt Records.
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MEMPHIS, TN – 1967: Stax Records artists Sam & Dave record with the Stax studio house band (L-R) drummer Al Jackson, pianist/composer Isaac Hayes, songwriter David Porter, singer Sam Moore, trumpeter Wayne Jackson, bassist Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn, singer Dave Prater, guitarist Steve Cropper and sousaphone player Booker T. Jones, in 1967 in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by API/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Stax / Volt
926 East McLemore Avenue in South Memphis
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Videos:
1967 / Otis Redding / Monterey / Satisfaction /
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/ Respect /
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1966 / Sam and Dave (who really did not like each other) / Hold on I’m coming /
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Rufus Thomas / Walking the Dog /
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/ Carla Thomas B-A-B-Y /
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Wilson Pickett / The Midnight Hour /
(Man I love this song/Gary)
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Eddie Floyd / Knock on Wood /
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Arthur Conley / Sweet Soul Music /
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1972 / Staple Singers / Respect Yourself /
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Booker T & the MG’s / Green Onions /
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The Mar-Keys / Last Night /
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The Bar-Kays / Soul Finger /
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Some of the actual Recordings that I enjoy not necessarily the big hits
1965 / Otis Redding / Can’t turn you loose /
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1965 / Don Covay / See Saw /
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1967 / Wilson Pickett / Everybody needs someone to Love
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1968 / Arthur Conley / Funky Street
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1968 / Sam and Dave / I thank You / They had a strange and very strained relationship and after 1981 they never spoke to each other
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1969 / Booker T & the MG’s / Time is Tight
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1972 / The Staple Singers / I’ll take you there
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That’s just a small cross section of the many R&B hits (I mean REAL R&B, produced by that little company that started as Satellite Records.
If you wish information regarding each label and their recordings / http://www.bsnpubs.com/stax/staxvolt.html  It’s quite extensive and thorough.
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