Joe Arnold. Stax Museum. october 2015 (c. Tim Sampson)

Joe Arnold (june 2015)

Joe Arnold on stage and in the Stax studio

Joe Arnold was born February 16, 1945 in Shelby County Mississippi. He moved to Memphis when he was five years old.

He went to Stax in1965, thanks to Donald Dunn and would remain until 1967.

During these fantastic nearly 3 years, he played with the greatest: Otis Redding, Albert King, Eddie Floyd, etc... and followed the Stax/Volt in Europe in march 1967.

Next he made sessions at Hi, Fame, Atlantic and some others: Bill Black Combo for Columbia Records and Brother Jack McDuff for Blue Note Records, among other things. while staying in Memphis.

At Fame, Joe was on most sessions such as Wilson Pickett, Otis Rush, Arthur Conley, Lou Rawls, Little Richard, The Young Rascals, Joe Tex, King Curtis, Bobby Womack, Percy Sledge...

Some times later, he started a tour with Bobby Blue Bland in San Francisco. From there he went up and down the east coast, playing in big nightclubs and in between he would play these huge
blues festivals like the Long Beach Blues Festival and the Monterey Jazz and Blues Festival, then traveled to England and Ireland with Van Morrison.

Recently, he purchased some recording equipment and is making records again, writing songs and laying down piano tracks,, over dubbing the horn parts and then programming the bass and drums.

Here is the link to an interview he gave to David Mac for Blues Junction:

See this version live of Last Night on stage with Joe playing solo during the Stax/Volt tour in 1967:


See Joe Arnold's page on Facebook

and "Joe Arnold Sax" channel on You Tube:r

Joe Arnold's photos
more to come

Here is a small selection which is exclusive for this site and should not be reproduced without the permission of Joe Arnold:

Newest tracks first
last update: 17 feb 2016

Uptown Soul
As The Sunsets (In Porretta)
Steppin' Out
Share Your Love With Me
The Coop
Valley Of The Soul (Dolls)
Porretta Soul Festival Theme Song
Let It Be Me
Snap Your Fingers
Stax (Great Music Enduring For Over 50 Years)
A Very Merry Christmas
Midnight In Harlem
Martin's Blues
At This Moment
Sweet Little Sixteen
New Inspirations
I Feel Good
Delta Kuzu Blues
Love And Respect
Poretta Soul Strut
September In The Rain
Don't Know Why
Don't Play That Song (You Lied)
It's Allright
0 Sole Mio (It's Now Or Never
I Will Always Love You
Champagne And Wine
Eagle Flight
See Saw
Crosscut Sax
Moon River
Shake It, Don't Break It
It's Raining
Shake, Rattle & Soul
The Crawl
From The Soul Of Music
Psalm Of David
I Just Called (Around The World In 80 Days)
Where Go You Or I (except for Grace)
Fanny Mae (Willie Mae, My Mother)
Right On The Money
In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
Keep On The Sunny Side
Hold On, I'm Comingy
Shall We Gather At The River/Amazing Grace
Big Boss Man
The Passport Blues
Own My Own
A Place In The Sun
Night Time Is The Right Time
Walking The Dog
When A Man Loves A Woman
Jukin' (1964 style)
Careless Whisper
Just Shake It
Shuk n' Jive
New York New York
Honky Tonk
Try A Little Tenderness
(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay
Captain Guitar
Blue's Blues
Share Your Love With Me
Brother John Blues
If I Still Had You
Too Hot To Handle
Hard To Handle
A Rainy Night In Georgia
The Nearness Of You
I'm Gonna Miss You (alt.)
Just Say Hello
Keep' A Knockin'
A Change Is Gonna Come
Night Train
Don't Let Go
Cup Of Java
Green Onions
If You Don't Know Me By Now
Lay Down Sally
In The Midnight Hour pt.1
In The Midnight Hour pt.2
Hot Cha
Tell Mama And Daddy
Satin Doll
Soul Serenade
Coming Home
East McLemore Street
Somewhere Over The Rainbow
Well, Bless My Soul
That's All (alt. take)
Latino Soul
Gonna Cutta, Another Song - Gonna Playa, Gig Tonight
The Morning After Last Night
As We Danced
Song For My Mother
Memphis Hustle
Saxophone Sonata
Big Band Jam
If I Could Turn Back Time
Give It Up
That's All
I Never Felt This Way Before (Part II)
Hilltop Drive
The Stroll
I'm Gonna Miss You
Lost In The Fifties
Walk On By
Shortin' Bread
Got The Blues
Lately Something's Come Over Me
Soul Trippin' 2013
OTS (Old Time Stuff)
Jammin' At Stax
Abraham, Martin & John

As you can hear, Joe still plays as good as he did in the Stax and Fame days. More soon...

Wayne Jackson, Andrew Love, Otis Redding and Joe Arnold (right)
Rick Hall, Gene "Bowleg" Miller, Clarence Carter, Joe Arnold, and Aaron Varnell in the Fame studio.

Joe Arnold, 2013 (from his smartphone!)