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Stax label returns after 30 years
Stax studios in Memphis
The label was based in Memphis, Tennessee
Legendary record label Stax, home to Otis Redding and Isaac Hayes, is to return 30 years after it folded.

Based in a converted cinema in Memphis, Stax released classic soul singles such as Knock On Wood, Respect, Shaft and Soul Man in the 1960s and 1970s.

Concord Records bought the Stax name in 2004, and it now plans to resurrect the label with a series of new signings.

These include Hayes, who was the voice of Chef in the animated series South Park, and US R&B singer Angie Stone.

"Stax always has been and always will be soul music. I was a part of that," said Hayes, whose 1969 album Hot Buttered Soul was one of the label's biggest hits.

Isaac Hayes
Hayes won an Oscar for the soundtrack to Shaft
"I am coming back to Stax because there is still so much to do. It's like coming home."

Concord also plans to release deluxe versions of classic Stax albums, and a feature-length documentary.

Influential sound

The Stax studio, which became known as "Soulsville USA", was second only to Motown in its production of soul hits during its 1960s heyday.

It was also remarkable for being an integrated business in a largely segregated city.

Between 1959 and 1975 Stax artists collected eight Grammy awards, produced 12 top 10 hits and three number ones.

Hayes also won an Oscar for his Shaft soundtrack.

But the label folded in 1975, forcing the local neighbourhood into recession.

The famous studios were sold to a church for $1 in 1981, and were eventually torn down in 1989.

A new building opened on the site as the Stax Museum of American Soul Music and the Stax Music Academy in 2003.


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