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Headquarters: Memphis, TN

Founded: 1959-1976

Founded by: Jim Stewart and Estelle Axton

Link: Stax Museum

Genre(s):

Active Roster[]

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Inactive Roster[]

  • Rufus Thomas
  • Carla Thomas
  • Otis Redding
  • Issac Hayes
  • Booker T & The MGs
  • The Bar-Kays
  • The Mar-Keys
  • Sam & Dave
  • Albert King
  • The Staple Singers
  • The Emotions
  • The Admirals
  • The Astors
  • Estelle Axton
  • The Baracudas
  • Barbara & The Browns
  • William Bell
  • Billy & The King Bees
  • C. L. Blast
  • Lou Bond
  • Shirley Brown
  • The Canes
  • Gus Cannon
  • Nick Charles
  • The Charmels
  • The Chips
  • Chris & Shack
  • Circle O' Fire
  • Judy Clay
  • The Cobras
  • Arthur Conley
  • Prince Conley
  • Don Covay
  • Steve Cropper
  • Johnnie Daye
  • Rick Dees
  • Delaney & Bonnie
  • The Del-Rays
  • The Del-Rios
  • Dino & Doc
  • Dixie & The Nightingales
  • Donald Dunn
  • Jimmy Dotson
  • The Drapels
  • The Emotions
  • The Epsilons
  • The Fleets
  • Eddie Floyd
  • The Four Shells
  • Inez Foxx
  • Eddie Giles
  • The Goodees
  • Gorgeous George
  • Bernie Hayes
  • Charles Heinz
  • Lindell Hill
  • Ernie Hines
  • John Lee Hooker
  • R.B. Hudmon
  • Jimmy Hugues
  • Ivory Joe Hunter
  • Luther Ingram
  • Al Jackson Jr.
  • Margie Joseph
  • Jeanne & The Darlings
  • Eddie Jefferson
  • Johnny Jenkins
  • Jimmy & The Spartans
  • Mable John
  • Cheryl & Pam Johnson
  • Hoyt Johnson
  • Ruby Johnson
  • Kilo
  • Eddie Kirk
  • Linda Lyndell
  • Little Milton
  • Oscar Mack
  • The Mad Lads
  • Bobby Marchan
  • The Memphis Horns
  • Derek Martin
  • Jimmy Mccracklin
  • Mel & Tim
  • The Memphis Nomads
  • Art Jerry Miller
  • Floyd Newman
  • Ollie & The Nightingales
  • Deanie Parker
  • Louis Paul
  • Wilson Pickett
  • David Porter
  • The Premiers
  • Elvis Presley
  • Eddie Purrell
  • Donna Rae
  • Wendy Rene
  • Mack Rice
  • River City Street Band
  • Calvin Scott
  • Ray Scott
  • Shack
  • Sir Isaac & The Do-Dads
  • Sir Mack Rice
  • The Soul Children
  • Barbara Stephens
  • The Stingers
  • Johnnie Taylor
  • The Temprees
  • Israel Tolbert
  • The Tonettes
  • The Triumphs
  • The T.S.U. Toronadoes
  • The Van-Dells
  • The Vel-Tones
  • Shirley Walton
  • Dorothy Williams
  • Loretta Williams
  • Bobby Wilson
  • Billy Young

Key Releases[]

  • Issac Hayes - Hot Buttered Soul
  • Booker T & The MGs - Green Onions


Biography[]

Stax, originally Satellite, was one of the biggest and most important labels in R&B and Soul music history. They were responsible for some of the biggest crossover hits of the genre, and had a distinctive sound, thanks to their top-notch session bands, The Mar-Keys and, later, Booker T & The MGs (both of which had solo successes as well). They launched many acts to stardom, including Sam & Dave, Wilson Pickett and Otis Redding, not to mention Issac Hayes, and many Stax artists were featured in Wattstax, a documentary/concert film. Stax had a R&B subsidiary, Volt, although the two labels are so intertwined, you never hear of "Volt" without "Stax" nearby.

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