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On Thursday, August 21, 2003, at 2:45pm, my wife of 34 years, Rebecca, died in my arms in an emergency room.

The last words we spoke were in perfect synchronization: "I love you with all my heart."

 

 


My own Polaroid of STAX.  It's in color, I converted it to black and white for this webpage.  I took this very soon after starting on staff - 1969.  See pictures below.  

STAX on Beale Street "Walk Of Fame".

The MGs are not in the STAX studio.  STAX had a Hammond B3, this is definitely a C3.  This picture was probably taken in Atlantic studio in NYC, known to have a Hammond C3.


This was home to the world's greatest R&B players, singers, and writers.  Note the marquee. (see below) This is the rear of STAX.  The entrance was near the middle of the grey painted building.  When the entire building was demolished, people bought the bricks as souvenirs.

STAX A studio.

 

STAX A studio.  I'm playing Hammond, Duck is playing bass.

 

I never saw STAX A studio like this, with the drums at the north wall.  The Hammond organ was where the drums are shown, during my time there.  STAX B studio.  The picture was taken from the top of the stairs near the control room.

Booker T and the MGs.  Steve gave me these 5 photos.  They're probably on display at the STAX museum.  (1) Booker and Al.  (2) Duck and Al, Booker in the background.  (3) Rare STAX promotional button.  I've never seen another.  This one is locked in my safe.

Steve befriending a Rolls Royce.  (4) Al and Steve.  (5) One of my Hammond organs.  I put the STAX medallion there.  I believe it's the only one in the world.

STAX bankruptcy notice in Billboard Magazine. After demolition, this sign stood at the location of the original STAX building.  I took this photo in 1998. STAX A studio.

Steve Cropper, with a Winston hanging out of his mouth.  The other person with the guitar may be Otis, I'm not positive.

Albert King.  I don't believe this picture was taken at STAX.  It appears the Sennheiser 441 is held in the mic holder with tape - and STAX engineers would not do that.  The boom stand adapter appears to me to be from many years after STAX closed.  I recall STAX used commercial Atlas mic stands and booms.  Albert also appears to be wearing prescription eyeglasses - I don't believe he wore them from 1969-1972.

Above is the "new version" of the famous STAX marquee, located at the STAX museum.  Anyone can tell it's not an exact replica of the original - the letters "STAX" are different and an obvious give-away.  The original STAX marquee is owned by Memphis' "Rum Boogie Cafe" if my memory is correct.  Below is the original marquee - I took the picture myself, in 1969.

 

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