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Stax Profiles: Hearts Full Of Soul, Part 2: Otis Redding, The Staples Singers, Johnnie Taylor, Carla Thomas, Rufus Thomas

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(For an introduction to Stax Records, read Stax Profiles Part 1.)

Otis Redding Stax Profiles Stax Records 2006

The most beautiful flowers of Otis Redding's music blossomed from his faithful, country gospel roots. When he sang soul music, he was at worship--not at the altar of any deity but in the temple of primal human emotion. Redding sang of love and hurt and longing and redemption with a passionate intensity that continues to transcend space and time.

Perhaps due to his personal familiarity with Redding's material, Steve Cropper, who ...

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Carla Thomas: Gee Whiz

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While the current teen set may be too busy choosing their next American Idol live on television or too young to care that every generation has its own iconic favorites, those with a few more years under their belts will likely remember a 16-year-old Lesley Gore singing “I’ll Cry If I Want To” to scores of bobby soxers in 1963. A few years earlier, Carla Thomas would have her own hit record while just barely out of high school and in return would put the small independent Stax label on the musical map.

Daughter of Memphis R&B legend Rufus Thomas, ...



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