Articles by: Kevin Tomlin

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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Stax Records

There was a pivotal point in the musical development of the Memphis sound, especially with Stax Records, which employed over 200 people from the black community in production, accounts, song writing and other general company activities. This was unheard of in the 1960s. Before its demise, Stax placed 167 songs […]

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Memphis

The city of Memphis is strategically located north of New Orleans on the banks of the Mississippi River. Memphis was an important location for commerce, migration and travelling entertainers. This culturally dynamic city has contributed to the development and creative evolution of gospel, blues, rock and roll, jazz and soul […]

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Bob Seger at Muscle Shoals

Bob Seger had a succession of platinum and multi-platinum albums entirely and partially recorded at Muscle Shoals Studio. His first certified multi-platinum album (two million copies sold) was entitled “Beautiful Loser”, released by Capitol Records on the April 12th 1975. Most of the album was recorded with the session musicians […]

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Bobby Womack at Muscle Shoals

Bobby Womack’s debut album on United Artist Records was recorded at the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio with instrumental support from key members of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section. The album, entitled “Communication”, did extremely well on the Billboard Hot Soul Albums chart by reaching number five. It was originally recorded in […]

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The Swampers Leave FAME

A key event occurred in Muscle Shoals in 1969 when Rick Hall’s studio Gang number two (David Hood on bass, Jimmy Johnson on guitar, Roger Hawkins on drums and Barry Beckett on keyboards) departed from the FAME Studios organisation to set up their own studios and production facilities down the […]

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Candi Staton at Muscle Shoals

During the period when Clarence Carter was beginning to develop his singing and song-writing career at FAME, he introduced Candi Staton to Rick Hall, who helped to launch her major solo career as a Southern soul stylist. She recorded over sixteen Soul and R&B hits for Rick Hall’s FAME Studios […]

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