Join Songbyrd and RHINO Records in celebrating the 60th anniversary of Stax Records as we spend happy hour listening to new Rhino Records reissues of the classic Soul of Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Booker T & the MGs, Albert King, and Carla Thomas.
We will be raffling prizes, including some brand new STAX Records LPs, as we delve deep into the world of Memphis Soul upstairs….
“Rhino Entertainment has partnered with Concord Music Group to celebrate Stax Records’ 60th anniversary. This year-long salute to the iconic soul label will include curated collections of timeless hits from the legendary artists who helped the Memphis-based label earn its nickname, Soulsville U.S.A, including several stellar albums on 180-gram vinyl for $22 each.
The first wave includes: Green Onions by Booker T. & The M.G.’s, Walking The Dog by Rufus Thomas, and Soul Men by Sam & Dave. A special 50th anniversary edition of King and Queen by Otis Redding and Carla Thomas will be released on gold-colored vinyl.
The next round of vinyl re-issues includes: The Soul Album and The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul by Otis Redding, Double Dynamite by Sam & Dave, Carla by Carla Thomas, Hip Hug-Her by Booker T. & The M.G.’s and Born Under A Bad Sign by Albert King.
Founded in 1957 by Memphis banker and fiddle player Jim Stewart, the Memphis label was a labor of love for Stewart, who oversaw operations initially with his sister Estelle Axton and then associate Al Bell. “On the anniversary of Stax Records’ 60th, this Concord/Rhino collaboration signals the beginning of the end of a bitter-sweet relationship between Stax and Atlantic,” says Stewart. “It’s long-overdue and a good omen for the unending popularity of the very best of Memphis Soul music.” “Stax Records,” Mr. Stewart continues, “was my baby. Stax music was and always will be inspirational. I am so pleased that the music we created and recorded at Stax is still being discovered, and it continues to reside in the hearts of devotees everywhere that know the joy and power of ‘real’ music.”
Stewart and Axton, who changed the name of the label from Satellite Records to Stax in 1960, soon had a self-contained soul music powerhouse, complete with its own recording studio, a growing staff of A&R personnel, songwriters, producers, an inimitable house band, as well as Stax Publicist, Deanie Parker, who continues to fortify the legacy of Stax in Soulsville, USA. “Through the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, the label’s rich musical and cultural history can be studied, felt and enjoyed,” Parker offers. “Stax’s iconic hits and artists come to life through students at the Stax Music Academy and live on thanks to The Soulsville Charter School. And now, partners Concord and Rhino are unleashing some of the first R&B songs from the womb of Stax Records—music that we’ve grown up loving for more than half a century. It’s free at last,” Parker adds.
During its 15-year run, Stax released more than 800 singles and nearly 300 LPs, winning eight GRAMMY® Awards, plus an Academy Award along the way. The label placed more than 167 hit songs in the Top 100 pop charts, and a staggering 243 hits in the Top 100 R&B charts. Today, the original site of Stax Records is home to The Soulsville Foundation, which operates the multi-million dollar campus that houses the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, as well as the Stax Music Academy and The Soulsville Charter School, both of which serve primarily at-risk, inner-city youth. The Soulsville Foundation aims to impart the spirit and soul upon which Stax Records was founded: using the power of music and opportunity to shape a young person’s life, rebuild a community and keep valuable history alive forever.