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‘We were at the piano, banging it out’: Steve Cropper’s big break didn’t come from Stax Records

‘We were at the piano, banging it out’: Steve Cropper’s big break didn’t come from Stax Records

Instead, a friend’s dad took Cropper’s very first song to another legendary label.

The Band, “Mystery Train”  from Moondog Matinee (1973): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “Mystery Train” from Moondog Matinee (1973): Across the Great Divide

The Band’s covers-focused Moondog Matinee could be seen as a place keeper, but it wasn’t without its moments of creative and emotional spark.

I Heard The Angels Singing: Electrifying Black Gospel from the Nashboro Label (1951-83)

The story of the Nashboro record label shines a light at the intersection of music, commerce and faith.

Forgotten series: The Gentrys – The Very Best (1998)

Formed in the spring of 1963, the Gentrys from Memphis, Tennessee gathered a great deal of regional recognition before finally making a nationwide breakthrough in the summer of 1965 with “Keep On Dancing.”

Initial Memphis Hall of Fame class includes Al Green, B.B. King, Elvis Presley, Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding

Initial Memphis Hall of Fame class includes Al Green, B.B. King, Elvis Presley, Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding

That there wasn’t one already seems unfathomable. Now that the Memphis Music Hall of Fame has been created, however, its inaugural class can assembled with a snap resembling the legendary hometown Stax Records logo.

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