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December 20, 2006 | Randy Lewis
Stax Records, the Memphis-based R&B label that became affiliated with Atlantic in the 1960s and was home to Otis Redding, Booker T. & the MGs, Sam and Dave, Isaac Hayes, the Staple Singers and numerous others, is being reactivated in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the label's birth.
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August 12, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Thirty-sixth anniversaries typically don't generate a whole lot of excitement, but don't tell that to thousands of Elvis Presley fans who are descending on Memphis, Tenn., this week to mark the 36th year since the King died at age 42. It's Elvis Week in Memphis, and the city has geared up for one of the biggest celebrations of the year. The myriad activities are outlined at the official Elvis Week website , including the 2013 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist contest, a 40th anniversary screening at Memphis' Orpheum Theatre of Presley's "Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite" TV special, as well as the requisite tours of his Graceland mansion and the Sun Records studio where he made his first studio recordings.
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April 28, 1991 | ROBERT HILBURN, Robert Hilburn is The Times' pop music critic. and
Ask 10 soul music fans to name the greatest soul record label of the '60s and nine will say Motown. But the remaining person may well counter with Stax Records. There are days--especially after hearing a couple of classic Stax singles by Otis Redding or Sam & Dave--when you are tempted to agree. Stax didn't match Motown in terms of the number of great artists or in sociological influence.
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May 15, 2012 | Randy Lewis
As the bass player on dozens of the most soulful hits in the history of pop music, Donald "Duck" Dunn often found himself out on the road playing to fans who had assumed he was black like the stars he supported, notably Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett and Sam & Dave. When audiences encountered a white bassist in the lineup, "A lot of people thought I was a pick-up bass player -- they thought Duck Dunn was a black guy who couldn't make the tour for some reason," Dunn told an interviewer in 2005 about his best-known role as bassist for Booker T. & the MG's, which had a string of instrumental hits apart from its status as the house band at Stax Records in Memphis.
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February 24, 1995 | JAMES E. FOWLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Besides having such instrumental hits of their own as "Green Onions," "Hip Hug-Her" and "Boot-Leg," Booker T. & the MG's, who are playing at B.B. King's Blues Club on Tuesday, were the house band at Stax Records in Memphis during the 1960s. As a rhythm section, they laid the foundation for Stax's punchy Memphis soul sound. The group and its individual members were involved as either musicians, producers or composers with many classic hit recordings of the period.
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July 29, 2007 | Robert Hilburn
PBS' "Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story" is superb as merely a nostalgic look at one of the most soulful chapters in American pop history, but it is even more valuable as a sobering snapshot of race relations in the 1960s. Remarkably, Stax started off as a modest country music label but, thanks to good luck and good karma, it moved to a gritty R&B sound highlighted by the work of such artists as Otis Redding, Booker T. & the MG's and Sam & Dave.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 12, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Thirty-sixth anniversaries typically don't generate a whole lot of excitement, but don't tell that to thousands of Elvis Presley fans who are descending on Memphis, Tenn., this week to mark the 36th year since the King died at age 42. It's Elvis Week in Memphis, and the city has geared up for one of the biggest celebrations of the year. The myriad activities are outlined at the official Elvis Week website , including the 2013 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist contest, a 40th anniversary screening at Memphis' Orpheum Theatre of Presley's "Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite" TV special, as well as the requisite tours of his Graceland mansion and the Sun Records studio where he made his first studio recordings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 2012 | Randy Lewis
As the bass player on dozens of the most soulful hits in the history of pop music, Donald "Duck" Dunn often found himself out on the road playing to fans who had assumed he was black like the stars he supported, notably Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett and Sam & Dave. When audiences encountered a white bassist in the lineup, "A lot of people thought I was a pick-up bass player -- they thought Duck Dunn was a black guy who couldn't make the tour for some reason," Dunn told an interviewer in 2005 about his best-known role as bassist for Booker T. & the MG's, which had a string of instrumental hits apart from its status as the house band at Stax Records in Memphis.
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February 26, 2004 | From Times Wire Services
Estelle Axton, a co-founder of the famed Stax Records Co., which generated hits from acts including Sam and Dave, Otis Redding Jr. and the Staple Singers, has died. She was 85. Axton died of natural causes Tuesday at the hospice at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., said her son-in-law, Fred Fredrick. The musicians on the soul record label called Axton "Lady A," and others who knew her described her as a calming, nurturing presence in the Memphis neighborhood.
BUSINESS
April 15, 1998 | CHUCK PHILIPS
DreamWorks Records has hired Jheryl Busby, former president of Motown Records, to run its urban music division. Busby, who started his music career 30 years ago working for the famed Stax Records label, has been affiliated with the success of a string of R&B stars, including Boyz II Men, Bobby Brown and Janet Jackson. PolyGram has named Nick Gatfield president of its music publishing sector in the U.S. Gatfield will remain in his role as president of the U.S.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 29, 2007 | Robert Hilburn
PBS' "Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story" is superb as merely a nostalgic look at one of the most soulful chapters in American pop history, but it is even more valuable as a sobering snapshot of race relations in the 1960s. Remarkably, Stax started off as a modest country music label but, thanks to good luck and good karma, it moved to a gritty R&B sound highlighted by the work of such artists as Otis Redding, Booker T. & the MG's and Sam & Dave.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 20, 2006 | Randy Lewis
Stax Records, the Memphis-based R&B label that became affiliated with Atlantic in the 1960s and was home to Otis Redding, Booker T. & the MGs, Sam and Dave, Isaac Hayes, the Staple Singers and numerous others, is being reactivated in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the label's birth.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2004 | From Times Wire Services
Estelle Axton, a co-founder of the famed Stax Records Co., which generated hits from acts including Sam and Dave, Otis Redding Jr. and the Staple Singers, has died. She was 85. Axton died of natural causes Tuesday at the hospice at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., said her son-in-law, Fred Fredrick. The musicians on the soul record label called Axton "Lady A," and others who knew her described her as a calming, nurturing presence in the Memphis neighborhood.
NEWS
February 24, 1995 | JAMES E. FOWLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Besides having such instrumental hits of their own as "Green Onions," "Hip Hug-Her" and "Boot-Leg," Booker T. & the MG's, who are playing at B.B. King's Blues Club on Tuesday, were the house band at Stax Records in Memphis during the 1960s. As a rhythm section, they laid the foundation for Stax's punchy Memphis soul sound. The group and its individual members were involved as either musicians, producers or composers with many classic hit recordings of the period.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 28, 1991 | ROBERT HILBURN, Robert Hilburn is The Times' pop music critic. and
Ask 10 soul music fans to name the greatest soul record label of the '60s and nine will say Motown. But the remaining person may well counter with Stax Records. There are days--especially after hearing a couple of classic Stax singles by Otis Redding or Sam & Dave--when you are tempted to agree. Stax didn't match Motown in terms of the number of great artists or in sociological influence.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 26, 2010
POP MUSIC Cyndi Lauper once proffered that the main interests of girls are centered around fun-having. But on her new album, "Memphis Blues," she makes a pitch for more serious pursuits with a collection of soulful blues covers informed by Stax Records and the Delta alike. At this show she'll have jazz ace Allen Toussaint in tow. Greek Theatre, 2700 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Fri. $30-$70. http://www.greektheatrela.com .
BUSINESS
April 15, 1998 | CHUCK PHILIPS
DreamWorks Records has hired Jheryl Busby, former president of Motown Records, to run its urban music division. Busby, who started his music career 30 years ago working for the famed Stax Records label, has been affiliated with the success of a string of R&B stars, including Boyz II Men, Bobby Brown and Janet Jackson. PolyGram has named Nick Gatfield as president of its music publishing sector in the United States. Gatfield will remain in his role as president of the U.S.
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