The Mar-Keys
Andrew Love, Wayne Jackson
and Joe Arnold, 1966.



Previously named The Royal Spades, then resident backing band on most Stax / Volt records from the first Satellite days, The Mar-Keys were usualy composed, in the mid 60's, of Booker T. & The MG's, plus Isaac Hayes and the horns of Wayne Jackson (trumpet), Andrew Love (tenor sax) and various on baritone sax. Packy Axton, son of Estelle Axton, co-founder of Stax, set up the band at the end of the 50's from college mates. Other members were Floyd Newman (the "Ooh Last Night" man), Gene "Bowlegs" Miller, Joe Arnold, Don Nix, Gene Parker, Ben Branch, Bob Syder, Ed Logan and many others. They were widely responsible for marshalling the Stax Sound. In the last years of Stax, they changed their name to the Memphis Horns, composed of Wayne Jackson and Andrew Love with various other horn players (see back of page). Wayne Jackson and Andrew Love formed later The Memphis Horns.



Satellite 107 : Last Night / Night Before
Stax 112 : Morning After / Diana
Stax 114 : About Noon / Sack O Woe
Stax 115 : Foxy / One Degree North
Stax 121 : Popeye Stroll / Po-Dunk
Stax 124 : What's Happenin' / You Got It/ What's Happenin' Tonight (alternate B side)
Stax 129 : Sack O Woe / Sailor Man Waltz
Stax 133 : Bo-Time / The Dribble
Stax 156 : Bush Bash / Beach Bash
Stax 166 : Banana Juice / The Shovel
Stax 181 : Grab This Thing, Part I / Grab This Thing, Part II
Stax 185 : Philly Dog / Honey Pot
Stax 0029 : Double Or Nothing / Knock On Wood

NB : some titles under the name of Booker T. & The MG's can also be considered as Mar-Keys records as they include horns. Other Stax instrumental singles or B-Sides are also quite Mar-Keys records, such as Floyd Newman, Sir Isaac & The Do-Dads and the Van-Dells, Sir Mack Rice's "Mini Skirt Minnie, pt II...

Mar-Keys Albums

LAST NIGHT - Atlantic 8055 : Morning After ; Diana ; All Right, OK, You Win ; Sticks And Stones ; Misty ; Night Before ; About Noon ; One Degree North ; Sack O Woe ; Hold It ; Ebb Tide ; Last Night. (reissued on CD)

DO THE POP-EYE - Atlantic 8062 : Pop-Eye Stroll ; Straight From The Can ; Cause I Love You ; Sit Still ; Muscl A-Comin' Home ; Wimp-Burger ; Squint Eye ; Pop-Eye Rider ; Gonna Work Out Fine ; Too Pooped To Pop-Eye ; Sweet P Crawl ; Sailor Man Waltz. (reissued on CD)

THE GREAT MEMPHIS SOUND - Stax 707 : Honey Pot ; Plantation Inn ; I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now) ; Cleo's Back ; Grab This Thing, Parts I & II ; Philly Dog ; Walking With The Duke ; The Girl From Ipanema ; In The Mood ; Dear James Medley. (reissued on CD)

RHYTHM AND BLUES SHOW AT THE OLYMPIA - French Stax 69005 (part) : Grab This Thing.
(no CD re-issue)

BACK TO BACK - Stax 720 (part) : Philly Dog ; Grab This Thing ; Last Night. (reissued on CD)

THE STAX / VOLT REVUE VOLUME ONE LIVE IN LONDON - Stax 721 (part) : Philly Dog. (reissued on CD)

DAMIFIKNOW - Stax 2025 : Mustang Sally/Never Loved A Man/Knock On Wood/Day Dream/Double or Nothing//Coffee Cup/Black/One With Sugar/Jive Man/Soul Man/Heads Or Tails. (reissued on CD)

MEMPHIS EXPERIENCE - Stax 2036 : Cloud Nine/After The Affair/Reach Out I'll Be There//Angel Dust/Hummingbird/Let It Be/Creeper's Funkatrations. (reissued on CD)

Mar-Keys Ace/Fantasy CDs

Ace 040: Last Night (live at the 5/4 Ballroom).
Ace 042: Hippy Dippy ; Ace 044 (part): Philly Dog ; Last Night (live, Stax Tour 67).
Ace 074: Slinky.
Ace 102: Per-Culating.
Ace 117: Candy / Peppy / Raw-Hide / Gigglin' / Made In Memphis / Soul Twist / Settle Down / Blue Peanut / Tighten Up / Saucy / Sassy / The Floyd.
Ace 819: Whot's happenin'.
Fantasy SCD-88041-2 (double CD): Last Night/Do The Pop-Eye

See also the 3 CD Box Sets for the singles A sides and check Concord Records and for all Stax reissues and compilation CDs availability.