Stax Museum of American Soul Music

The story of Stax Records is one of a cultural phenomenon that changed the culture of music forever - locally, nationally, and internationally. The success of Stax was perhaps, as Steve Cropper has said, "an accident. Many factors were involved with the success of Stax."

What began as a tiny record store in an old movie theater at the corner of McLemore Avenue and College Street in Memphis, Tennessee, grew to become one of the most important music recording studios in the world. When the modest Capitol Theater in the heart of Soulsville USA was transformed into Stax Records in 1959, it began launching the careers of unknowns who would become icons, cranking out a massive catalog of smash soul hits by the likes of Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, the Staple Singers, Wilson Pickett, Luther Ingram, Albert King, the Bar-Kays, Booker T. & the MG's, Johnnie Taylor, Rufus and Carla Thomas, and dozens of other artists whose influence remains vital in the music of today. On its many and varied labels, Stax Records also recorded such legends as Big Star, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Bill Cosby, Moms Mabley, and the Grammy-winning comedic genius Richard Pryor.

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  • 901-261-6338
  • 901-507-1463
  • lisa.allen@soulsvillefoundation.org
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926 E. McLemore Avenue

Memphis,TN

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