The Mar-Keys, formed in 1958, were a studio session band for the Stax label from Memphis, Tennessee, in the 1960s. As the first house band for the label, their backing music formed the foundation for the early 1960s Stax sound. The Mar-Keys was a play on the word "marquee" referring to the marquee outside of Stax studios (at the time called Satellite Records). They also recorded organ and saxophone oriented singles of their own, scoring a number three hit nationally with "Last Night" in 1961. Keyboard was played by Jerry Lee "Smoochy" Smith. Other singles of theirs from the early 1960s include "Philly Dog" and "Pop-eye Stroll." Members of this rhythm section later formed other nationally prominent Memphis studio session groups, including the Memphis Horns, the Packers, and Booker T. & the M.G.'s. Each of these offshoot groups also recorded popular instrumental albums of their own, in addition to serving as the backing band on albums by dozens of rock, r&b, and soul music stars on Stax, Volt and other national labels. The legacy of the Mar-Keys and later groups was that of having been key players in the development of soul music styles like Southern soul and Memphis soul. This 1966 out-of-print date is fun, feelgood music, perfect for those spring Sunday nights, enjoy. Members
* Steve Cropper - guitar * Donald "Duck" Dunn - bass * Charles "Packy" Axton - tenor sax * Don Nix - saxophone * James Terry Johnson - piano * Wayne Jackson - trombone, trumpet * Jerry Lee "Smoochie" Smith - keyboards * Booker T. Jones - keyboards * Isaac Hayes - organ * James Terry Johnson - drums * Al Jackson - drums
* The Last Night!, 1961 * Do the Pop-Eye, 1962 * The Great Memphis Sound, 1966 * Back to Back, 1967 * Mellow Jelly, 1968 * Damnifiknow!, 1969 * Memphis Horns, 1970 * Memphis Experience, 1971 * High on Music, 1976
Honey Pot Plantation Inn Loving You Too Long Cleo's Back Grab This Thing Philly Dog Walking With The Duke The Girl From Ipanema In The Mood "Dear James" Medley (Night Train, Papa's Got A Brand New Bag, I Got You, Good Loving, I'll Go Crazy)
The attitude of the gallant Six Hundred which so aroused Lord Tennyson's admiration arose from the fact that the least disposition to ask the reason why was discouraged by tricing the would-be inquirer to the triangle and flogging him into insensibility.
Advance to Barbarism
(Mitre Press, 1968).
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