December 20, 2006 10:36
Legendary soul label Stax returns
Home to Otis Redding and Isaac Hayes comes back
Stax, the legendary record label that was home to the likes of Otis Redding and Isaac Hayes, is set to return 30 years after it folded.
Concord Records bought the name ’Stax’ in 2004 and plans to resurrect the label with a number of new signings, which include Isaac Hayes and Angie Stone.
Hayes said: “Stax always has been and always will be soul music. I was a part of that. I am coming back Stax because there is still so much to do. It’s like coming home.”
Between 1959 and 1975 Stax collected eight Grammys, produced 12 Top Ten hits and three number ones.
The label originally folded in 1975. The studios were sold to a church for $1 in 1981 and eventually torn down in 1989.
Stax's return follows that of influential British new wave label Stiff, which also resumed releasing records this year, putting out the debut single by Coventry band The Enemy.