All week on World Cafe with David Dye, the Sense of Place series is exploring the city of Memphis and its musical heritage. Since the Cafe is focusing on Stax Records today, David Dye compied a Spotify playlist of lesser-known artists from the iconic label, which you can read about (and hear) below. Listen to the Sense of Place series on WXPN at 2 p.m. Monday through Friday all this week, or at 7 p.m. on XPN2: Singer-Songwriter Radio.
Eddie Kirk is how Eddie Kirkland was billed on the two singles he released for Volt. He was guitarist in Otis Redding’s band at the time. Originally from Atlanta Barbara Stephens recorded four singles for Stax including this gem “Wait A Minute.” Johnny Jenkins is best known for bringing Otis Redding to Stax with his band The Pinetoppers. He went on to record Dr John’s “Walk On Gilded Splinters” on his album Ton Ton Macoute that was later sampled for Beck’s “Loser.” “Spunky’ is a funky instrumental and his only single for Stax. The Del-Rays were from Illinois and cut two single for Stax. The flip of the other single (not included here) features the first recording by Michael McDonald-that’s right of Doobies fame – on a version of “There’s Always Something There to Remind Me.” And Delaney and Bonnie cut their first album Home at Stax backed by The MGs.