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Stax Records on World Cafe | January 14, 2013

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Soul music, barbeque and Elvis Presley. World Cafe is spending this week getting the vibe of Memphis, Tenn., a city that — like New Orleans — has had an undeniable influence on all of American culture. Our "Sense of Place: Memphis" radio journey takes us to the five major studios where much of the music that came out of radios from the '50s to the '70s was made.

Sun, Stax, Ardent, Royal and American all pumped out hits with top-notch studio bands. Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Sam & Dave, Otis Redding, Al Green, Big Star, The Box Tops — they all rose out of Memphis.

We start at Stax. Robert Gordon, author of It Came From Memphis, the authoritative musical history of the city, gives us an overview here. And the curator of The Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Levon Williams, guides our journey. (Link)

Tracklisting

(( )) for interlude music

HOUR 1

Rufus Thomas “Jump Back” Stax-Volt: The Complete Singles 1959-1968
Carla Thomas “B-A-B-Y” Stax-Volt: The Complete Singles 1959-1968
Otis Reading “Respect” Live In Europe
Sam & Dave “Soul Man” The Very Best Of Sam & Dave
Arthur Conley “Sweet Soul Music” The Golden Age Of Black Music: 1960-1970
Booker T. & The Mg’s “I Got A Woman” Green Onions
Ray Charles “What'd I Say” The Very Best Of Ray Charles
Otis Reading “These Arms Of Mine” The Very Best Of Otis Redding
The Mar-Keys “Last Night” Last Night!/Do The Pop-Eye
Isaac Hayes “By The Time I Get To Phoenix” Hot Buttered Soul
((The Charmels “As Long As Ive Got You” Stax-Volt: The Complete Singles 1959-1968))
Sam & Dave “I Take What I Want” Sweat ‘N Soul: Anthology
Isaac Hayes “Theme From Shaft” Shaft
((The Mar-Keys “Pop Eye Stroll” Stax-Volt: The Complete Singles 1959-1968))
Jeanne & The Darlings “Soul Girl” Stax-Volt: The Complete Singles 1959-1968
Jean Knight “Mr. Big Stuff” Stax Chartbusters
Rufus Thomas “Walking The Dog” Walking The Dog
Eddie Floyd “Big Bird” Stax-Volt: The Complete Singles 1959-1968
((Booker T & The M.G.’S “Hip Hug-Her” Stax-Volt: The Complete Singles 1959-1968))

HOUR 2

Booker T. & The Mg’s “Time Is Tight” Time Is Tight
Star & Micey “I Can’t Wait” I Can’t Wait EP
Star & Micey “Love” I Can’t Wait EP
((The Mar-Keys “Last Night” Stax-Volt: The Complete Singles 1959-1968))
Otis Redding “I’ve Got Dreams To Remember” The Otis Redding Story
The Mar-Keys “Last Night” Atlantic Gold: 100 Soul Classics
Otis Redding “(Sittin On) The Dock Of The Bay” The Dock Of The Bay
Booker T & The Mg’s “Green Onions” Very Best Of Booker T & The Mg’s
Booker T & The Mg’s “Green Onions” Recorded Live For The World Cafe
((Chuck Berry “Memphis” Back In the U.S.A))
The Staple Singers “I’ll Take You There” Soul Hits of the 70s, Vol. 8
The Dramatics “In the Rain” Soul Hits of the 70s, Vol. 7
Albert King “Born Under A Bad Sign” Stax-Volt: The Complete Singles 1959-1968
The Bar-Kays “Soulfinger” Stax-Volt: The Complete Singles 1959-1968
Delaney & Bonnie “It's Been A Long Time Coming” Home