The Emotions

So I Can Love You The Emotions were three sisters with a gospel background and hailed from Chicago. They consisted of lead singer Sheila Hutchinson and her sisters Wanda and Jeanette. The Stax single So I Can Love You on Volt USA, and Yellow Stax in the UK was a minor hit at the Blue Note …

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Eddie Floyd

Knock On Wood – 1966 STAX Raise Your Hand – 1967 Big Bird On A Saturday Night Bring It on Home to Me – (Orig Sam Cooke) I Never Found Me A Girl (1968) What You Gonna Do (With My Heart) 1969 LP track. Knock on Wood was Eddie Floyd’s greatest achievement. Knock on Wood was …

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Donny Hathaway

I Thank You Baby – Curtom Records 1969 Donny Hathaway was a vocalist and a songwriter. He had an influence on Stevie Wonder and George Benson, his songs have been recorded Jerry Butler, the Staple Singers, Carla Thomas, and Aretha Franklin. He was born in Chicago, but grew up in St. Louis, he was born …

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Kent Records

Kent Records – The Brothers Bihari started Kent in the USA – A great source of Soul/R&B/Blues CD collections Some of the artists who can be found on Kent include: Maxine Brown James Carr The Chi-Lites Tyrone Davis Larry Davis/Danny Monday Sam Dees The Delfonics Dyke And The Blazers Eddie & Ernie John Edwards Inez …

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Isaac Hayes

Isaac Hayes – Wrote many songs with David Porter for numerous Stax Records artists – died 10th August 2008 at home near his treadmill aged 65. Isaac wrote many songs with David Porter for numerous Stax artists. He often played organ as a stand in for Booker T Jones in recording sessions and some live …

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Atlantic Collection

Many Albums with collections of Atlantic label artists were released in the USA i Atlantic Collection Many Albums with collections of Atlantic label artists were released in the USA i.e. Live: Saturday Night At The Uptown (New York). In the UK, THIS IS SOUL was released twice and it was a ‘have to have’ item …

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Les Lee

Les Lee was the second DJ I remember at the Blue Note. I had seen him before, mainly at the Twisted Wheel where he was a familiar figure on a Friday and occasionally at the Saturday all-nighters. He was mainly known for accompanying Bob who was a builder (honestly), widely recognised by any of the …

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Sharon Tandy

Toe Hold  was recorded by Sharon Tandy who was a surprise guest artist on the European STAX tour when it visited the Palace Theatre Manchester. Sharon replaced Carla Thomas who was ill. Steve Cropper introduced her (she had come straight from South Africa) and She sang Toe Hold originally by recorded by Stax Blues and …

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David Porter

Can’t See You When I Want To – Stax 1965) David Porter wrote the above great track which was played at the Blue Note and Wheel clubs in Manchester. However David Porter is highly regarded and best remembered by soul fans everywhere as half of the Stax song writing team Porter Hayes – with Isaac …

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Billie Davis

Tell Him I Want You To Be My Baby When You Move You Lose Billie Davis was a 1960s English ‘soul’ singer’ and an ‘A’ typical Mod looking girl’ who frequently appeared on Ready Steady Go. She originally sprang to fame after winning a talent completion, backed by Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers. At one …

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