Stax Records 1959 – 1968

This is really the heart of it. Songs without pretense. Fun, beautifully arranged, and staffed by the world’s greatest backing band. There is this infectious quality to the Stax sound, and by the end of the song you don’t just like it, you hope for it’s success. Each of these songs was recorded around the time of Otis Redding’s death, on December 10, 1967. While there are a great number of somber requiems written for Otis (Arthur Conley’s “Otis Sleep On” being the best), I think these tunes speak to the environment that this affable,  talented and hardworking artist was able able to create around himself.

Jeanne and the Darlings – How Can You Mistreat The One You Love?

Rufus Thomas – The Memphis Train

The Charmels – As Long As I’ve Got You

Eddie Floyd – Big Bird

ollie.gifOllie & The Nightingales – I Got A Sure Thing

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