Musicians

Professor Longhair

The roots of the fabulous body of music that was produced in New Orleans in the twentieth century can be traced back to the ensemble playing of the black funeral bands, the powerful rhythms of Mardi Gras parades, country blues from various areas in the Mississippi delta and the barrelhouse […]

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Quinton Joseph

The Chicago Years The legendary Quinton Joseph was born on 28th August 1946 in the city of Chicago, affectionately known as the “Windy City”. He is one of the few studio musicians during the golden era of R&B and Soul music to have played on hit records from two different cities, […]

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Richard Evans & Johnny Pate

Both these men have contributed to further education at university level in recent years, with Richard Evans now a professor of composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston and Johnny Pate conducting classes at Nevada University in the music department. Pate was born in 1923, in Chicago Heights, Illinois. […]

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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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Booker T Jones

Booker T. Jones is an African-American multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, record producer and arranger, best known for his studio session work at Stax Records and also the frontman of the famous band Booker T. & The MGs. Both he and the other members of the band have contributed to practically all the […]

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Steve Cropper: Life After Stax

During the late 1970s, after his departure from Stax, Cropper got involved in two Blues Brothers soundtracks and also played in the movie. The debut album he played on was entitled “Briefcase Full of Blues”, released by Atlantic Records on November 28th 1978. The tracks included “Soul Man”, originally performed […]

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Booker T & the MGs

Soon after the creation of the company, Stax established a house band called the Mar-Keys, that grew out of a local high school group called The Royal Spades. The Mar-Keys then evolved into a new group featuring four musicians who went on to back the Stax artists and also release […]

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