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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Paul Riser, a Most Prolific Arranger

Paul Riser conducting a strings section at the famous PS Recording Studios in Chicago in 1982. Paul Riser is probably the most prolific arranger of hit songs of all time. He was chief architect for string and horn arrangements at Motown Records from the early 1960s to the late 1970s. […]

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