Stax Number Ones

Stax Number Ones


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Founded in Memphis in 1961, Stax Records and its subsidiary imprint Volt Records released music that came to define the very notion of deep Southern soul in the late '60s and early '70s, and the company's artist roster during those years is virtually a who's who of the genre. In all, Stax/Volt had 15 singles hit the number one spot on either the R&B or pop Billboard charts (Otis Redding topped both charts at once with the posthumous "[Sittin' On] The Dock of the Bay" in 1968 and the Staple Singers repeated the trick four years later with "I'll Take You There" in 1972), and all of those number one tracks are collected here. All have become classics in one way or another, including Booker T. & the MG's' "Green Onions" from 1962, Sam & Dave's "Hold On! I'm Comin'" from 1966 and "Soul Man" from 1967, Eddie Floyd's "Knock on Wood" from 1966, Isaac Hayes' cinematic epic "Theme from Shaft" from 1971, and Johnnie Taylor's "Jody's Got Your Girl and Gone," also from 1971, and sort of Stax/Volt's answer to Marvin Gaye and Motown Records' "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" in that it featured the same kind of ominous, relentless rhythm, although it was good deal more lyrically specific -- Taylor actually named names. It's a very impressive run over that dozen years, and Stax left a huge and soulful footprint on the pop music of the 20th century and beyond -- it's impossible to imagine the world without Memphis soul.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/30/2010
Label: Stax
UPC: 0888072320529
catalogNumber: 32052
Rank: 57302

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Technical Credits

Steve Cropper   Composer,Producer
Eddie Floyd   Composer
Otis Redding   Composer
Rufus Thomas   Composer
Homer Banks   Composer
Bell   Producer
Don Davis   Composer,Producer
Isaac Hayes   Composer,Producer
Tony Hester   Composer
Booker T. Jones   Composer
David Porter   Composer,Producer
Wardell Quezergue   Producer
Lewis Steinberg   Composer
Tom Nixon   Producer
Jim Stewart   Producer
Al Jackson   Composer,Producer
Bettye Crutcher   Composer
Kent Barker   Composer
Joseph Broussard   Composer
Alvertis Isbell   Composer
Anthony Hester   Composer

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