Lonely and Feeling Blue (Otis Redding, 1964)

The discovery of Otis Redding by the then nascent Stax Records of Memphis Tennessee (named by combining the “St” of Jim Stewart and the “Ax” of Estelle Axton, the siblings and cofounders of the then neighborhood recording studio and what would be later known as Soulsville USA countering Motown’s Hitsville USA) remains a testament to the profundity of a series…

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When Jerry Wexler of Atlantic Records first stumbled on Aretha Franklin, he knew Franklin would have the best chance of producing hits down south with his partner at Stax. He called Jim Stewart in Memphis and asked him if he would take Franklin’s contract. Jim Stewart, then busy trying to maintain a quickly growing label with…

ain’t gonna do you wrong – Aretha Franklin, 1967

Singers have been “covering” other singers’ songs for generations now. A cover song, or often colloquially just simply, “cover,” is a song that has already been released by a different artist, but has been renewed and reinvented by a different artist — or, “covered.” Historically and practically, cover songs offer practice and inspiration to developing artists, while, at best, they…

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  Stax writers Isaac Hayes and David Porter (above, from left to right) had been confounded for hours late into the night, trying to prepare for a recording session the next day. When Hayes finally found a groove on the piano, he yelled to Porter urging him to come quickly before he loses that melody….

the way you love me is frightening – STAX RECORDS: Memphis, TN

We are of course dedicated to capturing the people and spirits who give birth to the sounds we hear: the singers and instrumentalists. They, after all, embody the very musicality we admire and ultimately cling to, even though people in other positions — engineers, producers, and writers — play critical roles too. Yet these artists and their…