Stax Records

  1. Stax Records Broadway Musical in Development

    July 09, 2014 10:02 PM EDT Following on the heels of the successful "Motown: The Musical Broadway" show, Concord Music Group and Academy Award-nominated and Grammy-winning producer Stuart Benjamin have begun development of a musical production based on the dramati ...

  2. Donald 'Duck' Dunn Remembered During Memphis' Beale Street Funeral March

    May 24, 2012 7:30 AM EDT MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The late bass player Donald "Duck" Dunn was honored Wednesday in the city where he performed on some of R&B's best-known hits, with musicians leading a lively funeral march down Memphis' Beale Street. ...

  3. Soul-Funk Guitarist and 'Shaft' Wah-Wah Creator Charles 'Skip' Pitts Dies

    May 01, 2012 6:30 PM EDT R&B, soul and funk guitar architect and Bo-Keys member Charles "Skip" Pitts-whose signature riffs are forever immortalized in the Isley Brothers' "It's Your Thing" and the wah-wah on Isaac Hayes' "Theme ...

  4. Huey Lewis Pulls Australian Tour

    May 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Huey Lewis and the News has canceled its scheduled Australian tour. Promoter Andrew McManus Presents had secured the services of the American pop-rock band for what would have been their first tour of these shores in more than 20 years. The init ...

  5. Dramatics Founder Ron Banks Dies

    March 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST Ron Banks, singer and a founding member of veteran R&B group the Dramatics, died yesterday (March 4) at his Detroit home of a reported heart attack. He was 58. Originally a vocal sextet known as the Dynamics in the early ‘60s, the group change ...

  6. R&B Briefs: Teena Marie, Natalie Cole, Vivan Green

    March 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -Teena Marie’s new single, “Can’t Last a Day,” becomes available April 7 on iTunes. Featuring Faith Evans, the song is the lead single from Marie’s thirteenth album and the first for Stax Records/Concord Music Group: “Congo Square,” due June 9. Th ...

  7. Industry Veteran Al Bell Launches Web Venture

    December 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST Veteran music industry executive Al Bell has established a new company, Al Bell Presents. Bell is the former owner of Stax Records and president of Motown. The cornerstones of Al Bell Presents are a full-service Web site and "Al Bell Presents ...

  8. Booker T. And The MGs Join Musicians Hall Of Fame

    October 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Guitarist Duane Eddy picked his rumbling "Peter Gunn" instrumental and Rolling Stone Keith Richards jammed with The Crickets on "Not Fade Away" as a host of musicians and producers were honored during the Musicians Hall of Fame ...

  9. Nikka Costa Returns With 'Pebble to a Pearl'

    October 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Nikka Costa tells billboard.biz the music on her new album, "Pebble to a Pearl," is "the raw answer to the sweet, formulaic music of today." The singer/songwriter's third album was released Oct. 14 through Stax Records. &q ...

  10. Soul Legend Isaac Hayes Dies At 65

    August 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT With its riveting orchestration, definitive guitar play and signature sensual baritone vocals, Isaac Hayes' theme song for the 1971 movie "Shaft" not only became one of pop music's iconic songs, but also the defining work of Ha ...

  11. Death Permeates Lifetime Grammy Awards

    February 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST Music greats such as Joan Baez, the Doors and the Grateful Dead won lifetime Grammy achievement awards yesterday (Feb. 10), although many of those honored did not live long enough to receive them. "The thing about a lifetime achievement award ...

  12. Stax Co-Founder Estelle Axton Dead At 85

    February 25, 2004 12:00 AM EST Estelle Axton, co-founder of famed soul label Stax Records, died of natural causes Tuesday in Memphis. She was 85. Estelle Axton, co-founder of famed soul label Stax Records, died of natural causes Tuesday in Memphis. She was 85. Axton and her bro ...