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Knock on Wood

A while ago I was thinking about the origins of the phrase ‘touch wood’ or ‘knock on wood’, and I also found ‘knock on/tap/touch wood and whistle.’ There is no one answer to the origin of the phrase, and since wood has been so universally used since the earliest days of humans, then there are likely to be many, many different and correct origins of the phrase… 244 more words

Music... And My Favourite Gigs

Various Artists: Stax Country (Craft Recordings)

For sixty years, Stax Records has been a name synonymous with some of the finest blues, R&B, and Soul music ever made. Yet like all good record labels of their era, they had a few obscure diversions into other genres, and… 370 more words

Album Reviews

Stax Classics

Record label Stax Records recently released a set of remastered tracks across ten albums, featuring the very best from their musical history. This mass compilation features songs mostly from the 1960s era, with this release being created to celebrate the label’s 60th anniversary. 202 more words


Audiences in black & white

It was Stax night at the Proms last week. I gave it a rave in the Times. Yes, the 75-minute running time was too brief – with so many singers on the programme (Eddie Floyd, Sam Moore, Beverley Knight, Tom Jones, James Morrison and Ruby Turner all had their moment in front of Jools Holland’s big band) there wasn’t really time for any of them to do more than the bare minimum. 205 more words


Prom 65: Stax Records: 50 Years of Soul

Here is the audio stream via BBC Radio 3 from last night along with a review in The Telegraph.

Booker T was apparently asked to join Ellington’s band aged 13, but his mother wouldn’t let him


Stars of Stax

This year marks the 60th anniversary of Stax Records. I’ve always been impressed with the amazing array of artists who are associated with this record label: … 815 more words


Rocks In The Attic #605: Various Artists - ‘Stax Funx’ (1997)

This is an awesome compilation of some of the funkier moments from the Stax label in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. The first side is all instrumentals – always a good thing with funk in my book (see the Average White Band’s… 205 more words