Driving south on E McLemore I see a church on almost every block. What’s God up to in this corner of Memphis? Houses not dedicated to worship of the Almighty slump among empty lots: paint peeling, porch rails crumpled, concrete warping beneath the wheels of clapped-out cars. 778 more words
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The impact that Booker T. Jones has had over modern popular music as musician, songwriter, arranger and producer would be hard to overstate. At 16 years old he played on the first hit for a nascent recording label called Satellite in Memphis, Tennessee, and would become the leader of the house band there as the label changed its name to Stax Records in 1961. 1,620 more words
With a cover that vaguely resembles The Doors L.A. Woman which was released only three months later, and a title track that channels ‘Riders On The Storm’ with a slightly less foreboding “killer on the road…” vibe about it, Booker T & The MG’s were tuned in to a similar stream for their final group effort as Jimbo and his pals were on theirs. 246 more words
The Great Memphis Sound
What a sound.
What sweet, sweet silky sound.
Does it get any better than this?
The Mar-Keys were the house-band for Stax records – these are the guys that played backup to all the great music that came out in the late fifties and sixties. 126 more words
“Play your part, play it – simple, listen to what the – others are doing”