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NEWS ABOUT ARTHUR CONLEY
(February 18th, 2001)

Arthur Conley

Arthur Conley was Otis Redding's protege. He recorded no less than 25 tunes produced by Otis, some with the Big O himself singing in the background or playing one instrument or another, on Jotis (Stax distributed label) and Atco. Arthur is still well and alive and living in the east of the Netherlands under the name of Lee Roberts. He is connected to the Blaze label in Sweden (http://www.blaze-records.se/kga_blues/). Arthur is or used to be the manager for the Swedish blues band Blueass and did a comeback at the Karlskoga Bluesfestival last year with Blueass and a Swedish horn section. He is still amazing and did soul standards as well as his own material. He is reported to be working on a new soul album and there has been rumors that he is going to play the same festival this year.

Thanks to Peter Bridgman and Patrik Urbansson

WAYNE JACKSON NEWS
(February 17th, 2001)

Wayne Jackson

Don't forget to browse regularly at Wayne Jackson's official site at www.sweetmedicinemusic.com. You will find there all the latest news about himself and Andrew Love. Among other exciting projects,look at these ones:

Along with Johnny Guerrero, and engineer, Ken Landers, Wayne and Andrew finally have finished The Memphis Horns CD-ROM/Audio. It's a CD with eighty-two minutes of Wayne and Andrew's sample horn lines, licks and slides that anyone will be able to play through a sampling keyboard. We'll know soon when and where it will be available.

Dave Duffield and Mike Miller, two Memphis Horns fans, have compiled the definitive Wayne Jackson Discography and Memphis Horns Discography. The list is so massive (over 280 artists) that it will take several weeks to check and update the discography page on the site.

BOOKER DONATES ORGAN TO STAX MUSEUM
(February 10th, 2001)

Booker T. Jones

Booker T. of  Booker T. and The MG's donated his Hammond B-3 organ to the Stax Museum to be displayed as part of the Memorabilia of the Museum when it opens next year. He had the organ shipped to Memphis via Federal Express which donated the crating and shipping per.

John Beifuss' news article (Friday, February 9, 2001) in The Commercial Appeal kindly sent by Astors' Curtis Johnson.


DUCK DUNN INTERVIEW
(January 22nd, 2001)

Donald V. Dunn

Guitarist magazine has published a recent interview with Donald "Duck" Dunn. It gives us good news about the Duck's health. Read it on line at http://www.intermusic.com-article.asp-ReviewId=3&ArticleTable=Features&FeatureType=ART&Channel=GTR

 

ABOUT JAMES MITCHELL, FROM WAYNE JACKSON
(January 5th, 2001)

James Mitchell, courtesy Wayne Jackson.

My good friend Wayne Jackson sent me this exclusive photo of the late James Mitchell from his personnal collection, with these nice and simple words:

"He was a generous friend, a loving father and a world-class musician. I had the pleasure of spending many years in the studio and on the bandstand with him. He forgot more music than most of us ever knew.  I loved him, and he will be missed".

Wayne Jackson/The Memphis Horns

 

MACON MAYOR PLANS OTIS REDDING HONOR
(December 24th, 2000)

Otis Redding's funerals
Otis Redding's funerals

MACON, Ga. (AP) -- 12/21/2000 -- There's Otis Redding bridge and Otis Redding Coliseum, but Mayor Jack Ellis won't rest until Macon City Auditorium is renamed for the soul singer.

''Macon was his home, and he loved this city,'' Ellis said. ''This would be a fitting tribute.''


Redding was born near Albany but moved to Macon when he was 3. His funeral was held at the auditorium in 1967, when he died in a plane crash three days after recording ''(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay.''


Some city councilors don't share Ellis' enthusiasm, but Redding's widow, Zelma, is optimistic they'll approve the proposal. ''I can't think of a more fitting building,'' she said Wednesday.


''He kind of grew up in that auditorium and performed there.''

Thanks for this invoice to Newton Collier, former musician with Otis.

 

JAMES MITCHELL DIES
(December 23rd, 2000)

Howard Grimes & James Mitchell
Howard Grimes & James Mitchell
Photo P. Daguerre (Poretta, Italy, July 99)

Bad week for Soul Music. James Mitchell, member of the Memphis Horns in their early years, along with Wayne Jackson,  Andrew Love and Jack Hale, died of heart failure Monday December 18th, 2000 at Baptist Memorial Hospital East in Memphis. A brother of Willie Mitchell (Hi Records), he was 69. More at www.gomemphis.com/newca/obits/c20mitch.htm and a memorial page at http://paulbrownmusic.netfirms.com/mitchel.html.

 

POPS STAPLES DIES
(December 19th, 2000)

Pops Staples

Roebuck "Pops" Staples, founder of The Staple Singers, died today at the age of 84. He was born on December 28th, 1915 in Mississipi. He will be sadly missed. More details at www.soulsvilleusa.com/3_0-news.cfm.

 

WILLIAM BELL LIVE
(December 17th, 2000)

William Bell & Prentiss Anderson

Our friend Ron Williams, from Chattanooga, TN, attended William Bell's show on December 15th. Here are his first impressions. Look at some photos (and explanations about who is Prentiss Anderson) on AFTER STAX page 2 (more to come).

"God! What an evening!!!  I'll write more later, BUT: My son's band (Wanton Dynamos) was one of the opening acts tonight for the
headliner, William Bell. I called up Prentiss Anderson (who sang in the Del Rios with William Bell in 1959-61) - and Prentiss drove down from Toledo, OH. There's so much to write about when they met for the first time since 1961, but there were hugs and tears and stories and more stories... (and I've got pictures). 
William Bell is such a nice person, great entertainer, and looks like he's still in his 30's!  Very sharp and insightful.  He gave me his
new CD (on William Bell 'WB' Records: "A Portrait Is Forever" Wil2001-2) A very good CD!  His web page is:
www.williambell.com  

Here's some of the performers that were on the bill tonight: Little Willie Johnson (Savannah, GA), Wanton Dynamos (Chattanooga, TN), Time-Effort-Energy (R&B, Blues, Atlanta, GA), Johnny Starr, Chuck Willis, William Bell
."

Ron Williams (ASP Records)

THE STAX MUSEUM ON THE WAY
(December 10th, 2000)

Deanie Parker & Al Bell

Deanie Parker and Al Bell at work on the Stax Museum project.

  Stax Museum

The works in progress.

The plans of the Soulsville foundation are to open the Stax Museum site in 2002. Visitors to the museum will tour through the re-creation of the main studio (Studio A) with its sloping floors (originally the studio was a movie theater) and Voice of God movie speakers. The museum will show how the Stax artists and writers created songs, brought them straight into the studio, and recorded them. Key players in the Stax, Hi, and Goldwax Records stories will tell their stories through documentary films and interviews. Soul fans will learn how soul music grew through the roots of gospel music, and memorabilia such as contracts, costumes, instruments, posters, and awards will be displayed. Artifacts from the Stax and Hi record labels as well as other soul record labels will be presented. The Satellite Record store will be rebuilt in its original location, once again selling the Memphis Sound. The overall experience will immerse the visitor in the funky sounds of sweet soul music and show how the Stax sound has influenced music 30 years later. More details on the official web site at www.soulsvilleusa.com.

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