Tennessee Historical Commission Markers
Stax Recording Studios, 926 E. McLemore Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Tennessee Historical Commission marker outside the Stax Museum, 926 E. McLemore Ave., Memphis, TN
Tennessee Historical Commission marker outside the Stax Museum, 926 E. McLemore Ave., Memphis, TN

This Tennessee Historical Commission marker reads:

“STAX RECORDING STUDIOS – On this site stood Stax Records Inc. which boasted such stars as Otis Redding, Rufus and Irma Thomas, Isaac Hayes, the Staple Singers, Albert King, the Bar-Kays and many others. It relied upon its deep soul roots to carry it through, struggling from a back-street garage in 1957 to become a multi-million dollar organization.”

The present Stax Museum on this site is a recreation of the original Stax Records building, which was demolished in the 1980’s. The Stax Museum is worth visiting; it has some very interesting exhibits on Stax Records history.

Stax Museum, 926 E. McLemore Ave., Memphis, TN
Stax Museum, 926 E. McLemore Ave., Memphis, TN
Stax Museum, 926 E. McLemore Ave., Memphis, TN
Stax Museum, 926 E. McLemore Ave., Memphis, TN
Stax Museum, 926 E. McLemore Ave., Memphis, TN
Stax Museum, 926 E. McLemore Ave., Memphis, TN

Here’s a YouTube posting of a documentary on Stax Records:

Book cover, Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion by Robert Gordon
Book cover, Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion by Robert Gordon

For an excellent history of Stax Records, we recommend Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion by Robert Gordon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s another YouTube video of an interview with Morgan Neville, who directed the Stax Records documentary.

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