The Wattstax concert was a snapshot of the Black-is-Beautiful movement; an early 70s salve for the wounds caused by the 60s.
The irresistible Isaac Hayes-David Porter composition and production 'Soul Man' became another Stax classic.
The best Isaac Hayes songs revolutionized soul music, spearheaded symphonic soul and helped to invent the Blaxploitation genre.
The soundtrack album to the 1972 festival, ‘Wattstax: The Living Word’ captured the power, heart and sense of unity and purpose behind the pioneering event.
One of the world’s pre-eminent songwriters, Jimmy Webb can be said to have spearheaded an Americana equivalent of The Great American Songbook.
‘Memphis Mayhem’ offers an in-depth look at the city that spawned such acts as Otis Redding, Elvis Presley, and Johnny Cash.
One soul duo covered another in 1967, when James and Bobby remade the Sam & Dave song of two years earlier.
The history of ‘Fever’ includes some strange tales and unlikely artists. Here are some of the best cover versions of the song made famous by Peggy Lee.
Among the best Stax vocal groups, you’ll find some of the finest soul singers of the 60s and 70s, letting you know how it felt to be young, gifted and black.
The great writer-guitarist, with wife Bonnie, made some of the best blues, rock and gospel-flavoured US music of their generation.
Many people mistake pop music as disposable. But from the blues to The Beatles, some of the most important artistic statements have been wrapped up in the world’s most popular songs.
The Bristol collective hit the UK summit for the first time with the 1998 album.
Motown’s great songwriters were the foundations of the Great American Soulbook, an imaginary, but nonetheless awe-inspiring collection of songs written in the name of soul. But it did not come easy.
Isaac Hayes was a Memphis singer-songwriter, part of the legendary Stax Records catalogue and made albums like the classic Hot Buttered Soul.
On the ‘The Isaac Hayes Movement’, Hayes’ 1970 follow-up to ‘Hot Buttered Soul’, all roads lead to the reimagining of George Harrison’s masterpiece, ‘Something’.