Motown's inspired decision to release the three-year-old 'Tears Of A Clown' as a UK 45 led it to No. 1...
Sam & Dave’s second album, ‘Double Dynamite’, remains a classic example of the dynamic soul duo at their best, and a classic in the Stax Records catalogue.
In late 1965, 'I Got You (I Feel Good)' became the Godfather's second big crossover single in a row.
Our audio interview with the man born in Memphis on 12 November 1944, who went on to helm the musically and culturally groundbreaking Booker T and the MGs.
The Chicago singer was badly in need of a hit when his 'Live!' album started to sell and then he recorded a single that topped the R&B chart.
The group performed their new Holland-Dozier-Holland song on 'The Ed Sullivan Show,' but it peaked at No. 9 in the US.
Stax’s motto for 1969 was “Getting it all together” – and they did, on ‘Soul Explosion’, one of the great soul music compilations of all time.
Released in 1984, Solid defined the synthetic sound of 80s R&B and, with its infectious title track, marked the commercial peak for Ashford & Simpson.
The Whitfield-Strong song matched a typically socially aware lyric with a busy, funky, brass-fuelled beat.
The engine that drove the Motown machine mas made up of the songwriters and producers who worked behind the scenes to create the Motown sound.
On 6 November 1971, the 'Shaft' LP climbed to No.1 on the Billboard pop album chart, unseating John Lennon’s 'Imagine.'
Brilliant and inventive, George Clinton’s debut solo album, ‘Computer Games’, was a funky return to form from the P-Funk mastermind.
Many misunderstood political songs have been taken to be calls to rebellion or patriotic chest-beaters – a far cray from the artists’ original intentions.
The song opened with the doo-wop harmonies of Marvin's youth, before blossoming into a fingersnapping, joyful ode to a returning lover.
As political unrest swept the world in 1968, Stax Records faced a tumultuous year saved only by the legendary label’s own soul power.
Beloved soul singer Minnie Riperton is a household name among soul fans, but her early alias, Andrea Davis, puzzled many Chess Records collectors for years.