Category Archives: Stax

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 – Green Onions:

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June 25: Eddie Floyd is 79 Happy Birthday

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.. 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, I could see that it was pretty much the SAME – you know, musicians getting together producing music, with everybody in the same groove… So yeah, working at Stax was very easy, because everybody was open-minded. You know, Al and I first met (legendary MGs guitarist) Steve Cropper at the same time we met Jim Stewart. So what would happen is, Cropper and I would more or less go off to the hotel, sit down and talk about music – and BOOM, almost immediately we’d WRITE something! While Al Bell and Jim Stewart would go off and talk about music and BUSINESS… So yeah, that’s the way it started – and it just moved on from THERE! I later went on to write with Booker T., which was great too. You know, Stax was all about TEAM-work. Like if an artist was recording and needing backing singers, I’d go and sing on THEIR record, and in turn they’d sing on MINE! That’s just the way we DID things.”
– Eddie Floyd (Blues&, issue 1067)

Raise Your Hand – Live in Oslo 1967:

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April 25: The late Albert King was born in 1923


 “If it wasn’t for bad luck, I wouldn’t have no luck at all.”
~”Born Under A Bad Sign”

Albert King is truly a “King of the Blues,” although he doesn’t hold that title (B.B. does). Along with B.B. and Freddie King, Albert King is one of the major influences on blues and rock guitar players. Without him, modern guitar music would not sound as it does — his style has influenced both black and white blues players from Otis Rush and Robert Cray to Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
~Stephen Thomas Erlewine (

Albert King & Stevie Ray Vaughan — In Session (1h28m):

April 25: The late Albert King was born in 1923

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A Road Trip in The Deep South – Part 1: Planning

Sun Studio - Memphis
Sun Studio – Memphis


Plans are of little importance, but planning is essential.
~Winston Churchill

In preparing for battle, I have always found that plans are useless but planning is indispensable.
~Dwight Eisenhower

I’ve visited Memphis once before (October 2009), and I loved it. Sun, Stax, Graceland, Beale Street, The Peabody, Dyer’s, A. Schwab, etc..

I’m finally going back & will also drive from Memphis to Orlando visiting Muscle Shoals & Montgomery. Being given such an opportunity, I feel obligated to produce some material. It is also deep embedded in my nature to always plan well before important ventures – planning is indeed essential.

In this post I’ve collected info on the different places I plan to visit & created relevant playlists for the different sites.


  1. Plan
  2. Memphis
    1. The Peabody Hotel
    2. Beale Street
    3. Sun Studio
    4. Graceland
    5. Stax Museum
    6. Royal Studio
    7. Ardent Recording Studios
  3. Road Trip part 1 – Memphis to Montgomery
    1. Natchez Trace Parkway Colbert Ferry Park
    2. Muscle Shoals Sound Studio
    3. FAME Studios
  4. Road trip part 2 – Montgomery to Orlando
    1. Hank Williams Memorial – Oakwood Annex Cemetery
    2. Hank Williams Museum & statue
  5. Recommended books

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