October 21: Steve Cropper was born in 1941

Sure, I’ve always dug Steve Cropper… his guitar playing. Ever since the first Booker T. record. I heard that back in the Midwest. Yeah, everybody was playing like him. ~Bob Dylan (to Jann Wenner, 29 Nov. 1969) Memphis is in a very lucky position on the map. Everything just gravitated to Memphis for years. ~Steve Cropper Booker T & The MG’s …

September 23: Isaac Hayes released Hot Buttered Soul in 1969

September 23:  Isaac Hayes released Hot Buttered Soul in 1969 This is one of my favorite soul albums ( I should do a post with a top 20 list…). It defines a new kind of soul at the end of the 60s into the 70s. It showed the way soul music would be heading in the next decade.  This is …

September 9: Otis Redding was born in 1941

September 9: Otis Redding was born in 1941  Otis Redding was soul, but Otis Redding was country, too. That was a point on which he always insisted, and that was the way others saw him. His strength was his simplicity, even if the simplicity was hard-won. The basis for his music was sincerity, not spectacular showmanship; he was at heart …

June 25: Eddie Floyd is 78 Happy Birthday

.. a workmanlike singer and a very accomplished songwriter, who showed occasional flashes of brilliance. ~The Rough Guide to Soul and R&B “…I’d had nothing directly to do with Motown while I’d been in Detroit, I’d still been around a lotta their artists and seen from a distance how they did things. And so, when I eventually got to Memphis, …

June 12: Chips Moman was born in 1937

  June 12: Chips Moman was born in 1937 Chips Moman, now semi-retired and living in LaGrange, Ga., still writes songs occasionally. “I write ’em,” he says, “but I just leave ’em laying there.” (- The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, 2008) One of the most important characters in the Memphis music scene in the 60’s. Chips Moman helped start Stax Records, then …