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BOOKER T. & THE MG'S IN GENT
(April 29, 2005)

   
 

A lot of photos these times... René Wu sent me these photos from the Booker T; & The MG's concert in Gent, Belgium, last April 27, 2005. Here is a short report: "I have been to the Booker T. & The MG's  concert and I can tell you that this show was absolutely fabulous. Summertime, Hip-Hug Her and Soul Limbo (including a fantastic drum solo !!) were my favourites. At the end of the show, Steve gave his plectrum to my daughter: very cute. I also talked with Steve in the bar of the hotel for about 20 minutes". Thanks René.

 

LAST MONDAYS AT STAX: WAYNE JACKSON
(April 28, 2005)

   


Last monday, it was Wayne Jackson's turn to play at Stax in front of a lucky audience. Here are some photos, thanks to Joe Pusateri. You can see the whole series at:
http://www.jukenjamm.com/juke/photos/waynestax_4-25-05/waynestax.htm
 


PHILLIP RAULS' BLOG
(April 27, 2005)


Stax Records Bernard Roberson congratulates Jim
Crudgington and Phillip Rauls upon receiving the
gold record award of Isaac Hayes "Hot Buttered Soul".  

Our friend Phillip Rauls worked at Stax in the early 70's up to the end. He has just opened a very classy blog at http://phillipraulsphotolog.blogspot.com/ with beautiful photos he shot himself as he is a talented photographer and also some Stax documents from his own archives with his personnal comments. Look regularly at this promising Stax related blog.

 

SAVE OUR SOUL SINGLE
(April 23, 2005)

A head's up about a new single that is being released to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Rum Boogie Café on Beale Street as well as to raise money for the SoulsVille museum. The song is entitled "Save Our Soul" and was written and recorded by FreeWorld with guest vocalist James Govan. FreeWorld is a Memphis group, founded in 1987 by Richard Cushing and former Stax session player Herman Green (who's flute work can be heard on Isaac Hayes' Never Can Say Goodbye as well as sax on many Stax cuts). The band also features Steve Dolan who toured Europe last summer as part of Ann Peebles' band.

The song was originally written in 1989 in response to the demolition of the original Stax studio building. The lyrics were updated to make the song an homage to Soul music in general, but Memphis Soul in particular. The band's website is at:
http://www.freeworldjams.com/fwmain.htm

There is a downloadable wma file of the song available underneath, although I would encourage anyone passionate about Stax, Memphis music and SoulsVille to purchase the single once it goes on sale.

 

AT LAST AN HOMER BANKS CD
(April 7, 2005)


 

Songwriter and producer Homer Banks, who has died of cancer aged 61, was one of the unsung heroes behind Stax Records, the Memphis label responsible for much of the finest southern soul music of the 1960s and 70s. Many of the songs Banks cowrote have become contemporary classics, none more so than If Loving You Is Wrong (I Don't Want To Be Right) - an immensely powerful song of guilt and deception that has been recorded by dozens of singers.

Banks went on to record five singles for Minit, which failed to chart, but proved he was a fine singer. Finally Axton pressured Stewart into giving Banks a songwriting contract, although Banks had to struggle to place his songs and get a contract that rewarded him properly, rather than simply taking his songs for a flat fee.

Soon Banks and cowriter Allen Jones were placing songs with Johnnie Taylor and Sam & Dave, but it was when the legendary gospel group the Staple Singers arrived that he came into his own. Banks wrote their first Stax single, Long Walk To DC, which emphasised how Stax soul was the principal soundtrack to the civil rights movement and the southern black dream of freedom.

"Stax was like my life," noted Banks. "Black people were really proud of Stax because Memphis had a heartbeat when Stax was happening." His wife and son survive him.

Homer Banks, songwriter and producer, born August 2 1941; died April 3 2003.

This CD includes most of his Minit B sides (some recorded with Isaac Hayes on piano and many compose by Hayes and Porter), his first ever recording for the Genie label and 10 unissued tracks. Here is the list of tracks: Hooked By Love / 60 Minutes Of Your Love / Do You Know What / Up To My Neck In Love / Lot Of Love / Ain't Found Nothin' To Beat What I Got / Fighting So Hard To Win / Poor Man's Son / Round The Clock Lover Man / I Know You Know I Know / I'm Drifting / Foolish Hearts Break Fast / Sometimes It Makes Me Want To Cry / Lucky Loser / (Who You Gonna Run To) Me Or Your Mama / Lady Of Stone / Release Me Now / Danny Boy / Must Be Something You Gave Me / In The Midnight Hour/Land Of 1000 Dances/Uptight

See Homer's complete discography at http://www.melingo.com/thesoulnet/homer.htm

 

A NEW CD BY FLOYD TAYLOR
(March 23, 2005)

A new CD on Malaco by Johnnie's son, Floyd Taylor. The same voice and the same talent. Go to http://www.malaco.com/Catalog/Blues-R-B/Floyd-Taylor/Item/1346/No-Doubt.php and listen particularly to track 8: I've Got To Love Somebody's Baby.

 

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