Started By Al STewart and Estelle AXton, the combination of their names made the word STAX.
it specialised in a wide range of mainly black American soul music and with particular emphasis on Stax and Stax Atlantic releases, whereas the Twisted Wheel by 1968/69 was more into Motown soundalikes – the rarer the better.
It was Roger Eagle who started off as the first Blue Note DJ and played sounds such as Grab This Thing by the Mar-Keys and Marching Off To War by William Bell. The Stax sound was underpinned by Booker T and the MG’s and for the Blue Note DJ’s they were major league, especially Steve Cropper the group’s guitarist and song writer for many Stax recording artists.
The STAX Record Label:
The Stax record company has been a major influence in the music industry and a big contributer to the genre of Soul music.
But how much does the wider world know the contribution made to the popularity of STAX made by Roger Eagle the legendary D.J. at Manchester’s Twisted Wheel Club
Roger wrote to Stax owner Jim Stewart and Jim responded by sending him a Stack of Stax records to promote at the club.
The Mods (English style youth movement of the 1960’s) who attended the club became firm fans of all the Stax output.
Virtually every recording at Stax had Booker T. And The MG’s, supporting, backing, sometimes writing and producing for the other house artists.
As part of the Mar-Keys the original line up plus the ‘Memphis Horn’ section had a USA hit with ‘Last Night’ and in their own right with the world famous ‘Green Onions’. The fantastic catalogue of Stax music stands as a monolithic musical achievement to Booker T. And The MG’s.
Unlike the invisible house band at Motown (The Funk Brothers; all fine musicians) where only a few became better known i.e. Earl Van Dyke and Choker Cambell: Booker T. And The MG’s Steve Cropper lead guitar, Duck Dunn bass guitar, Al Jackson Jr. drums, and Booker T. Jones on Hammond Organ; each in their own right became ‘personalities in the music world and especially well known in England, where ‘Soul’ music found generations of devoted fans. Appreciation of the ‘Stax’ sound went hand in glove with appreciation of Booker T. And the MG’s.
Homage to Green Onions by Ellwood Blues:
“All right people. (with that Green Onions riff …)
The rest of the hard working all star blues brothers are gonna be out here in a minute, including my little brother Jake. but right now, I’d like to talk a little bit about this tune
you’re hearing. This is of course is the ‘Green Onions’ tune. it was a very big hit in the early sixties in this country, and of course it was composed and recorded in Memphis, Tennessee, right here in these united states of America. You know, people, I believe that this tune can be acquainted with the great classical music around the world.
Now you go to Germany, you’ve got your Bach, your Beethoven, your Brahms… here in America you’ve got your Fred McDowell, your Irving Berlin, your Glenn Miller, and your Booker T. & the MG’s
People. Another example of the great contributions in music and culture that this country has made around the world, and as you look around the world today, you see this country spurned.
You see backs turned on this country
Well people, I’m gonna’ tell you something; this continent, North America, is the stronghold!
This is where we’re gonna’ make our stand in this decade! Yeah.
I’ve got something to say to the state department. I say take that archaic Monroe doctrine, and that Marshall plan that says we’re supposed to police force the world, and throw ’em out!
let’s stay home for the next ten years people! Right here in North America and enjoy the music and culture that is ours. Yeah.
I got one more thing to say.
I’m just talking about the music, people, and what it does to me, and that is, as you look around the world, you go to the Soviet Union or Great Britain or France, you name it, any country…and every-body is doing flips and twists just to get into a genuine pair of American blue jeans! and to hear this music and we got it all here in America, the land of the Chrysler 440 cubic inch engine! “
At the Blue Note Club in Manchester the DJs that followed in Roger Eagles footsteps kept up that Stax tradition plus much of the Soul play list that was covered at The twisted Wheel but with many more. STAX always featured heavily in every playlist/night at The Blue Note.
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STAX RECORDS STORY
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The first Stax records to be heard publicaly in Manchester were played by Roger Eagle.
Roger continued at the Blue Not Club in the city then fulfilled his dream and love of STAX by opening his own club called STAXX
He put in an extra ‘X’ to be different.
Stax Musicians included:
The Bar – Kays
The Bo Keys
Booker T and The MG’s
Wikipedia: Stax Records