Memphis

Isaac Hayes & David Porter

David Porter was born in 1941 in Memphis. While he was still a student at high school, Porter began to develop an interest in music as a career. He was working at a grocery store opposite Satellite records, so he decided to see whether the recently-formed record label might be […]

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Rufus & Carla Thomas

Rufus Thomas was born in Mississippi in 1917 but his family moved to Memphis around 1920. As a teenager still at school, Rufus was helping out one of his teachers, who was a DJ at a local radio station, as a master of ceremonies for talent shows that were organised at […]

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Dave Prater and Sam Moore

Mr Prater and Mr Moore met in 1961 in Florida. They were both singers who liked gospel and who also used to sing in some of the clubs in and around Miami. One night they decided to team up and thus the duo of Sam and Dave was created. By […]

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Al Green

Willie Mitchell signed Al Green to Hi Records in 1969. The first gold single of Green’s career was released two years later, selling a million copies. The door to success was open. Al Green’s voice set him apart from his contemporaries in both soul and pop fields. He was blessed […]

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Otis Redding

Otis Redding’s first release was a song entitled “These Arms Of Mine” recorded in August 1962. The final song he recorded before his death was (“Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay” in December 1967. In those five years he became the mainstay of Stax Records and a global star […]

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Isaac Hayes

When we look at Stax artists of significance, Isaac Hayes stands out because of his abilities as songwriter, producer and performer/musician. Hayes is the first and only artist at Stax to have achieved gold and platinum with nearly every album he produced during his time at the studio. Several albums went to R&B number […]

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David “Duck” Dunn

The fourth member of the 1965 MGs was Donald Dunn. At school he met Steve Cropper and decided to learn to play bass guitar. He was self-taught, learning by playing along to records, He joined The Royal Spades, the school group, and then played as a member of the Mar-Keys, […]

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Al Jackson Jr.

The only significant member of the MGs who worked in the City of Memphis for the majority of the time was the late Al Jackson Jr. He was a songwriter, producer and highly talented drummer. Al Jackson started drumming at an early age and first played on stage with his […]

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