Stax Records, originally known as Satellite, is a legendary music label that was founded in 1959 by Jim Stewart and Estelle Axton. The name Stax was derived from the first two letters of their last names. Known for its association with Southern soul music, Stax Records became home to numerous talented artists who achieved great success during the 1960s and beyond. Some of these iconic artists include Rufus Thomas, Carla Thomas, Booker T & The MG's, Mable John, Sam & Dave, Johnnie Taylor, Albert King, Bar-Kays, and Otis Redding.

Following the tragic death of Otis Redding in 1967, Stax Records entered a new era with hitmakers like Isaac Hayes, Staples Singers, Soul Children, The Emotions, Rance Allen Group, Shirley Brown, Luther Ingram, and The Dramatics. In 1968, Paramount Pictures Corporation acquired the company but later sold it back to Jim Stewart and Al Bell in 1970. Despite facing financial troubles and eventually going bankrupt in 1975, Fantasy Inc. acquired the masters and assets of Stax at an auction in June 1977.

In 2008, Concord Music Group revived Stax as an active label with new artist signings such as Jill Scott, Leela James, Angie Stone, and Nikka Costa. Today, Stax continues to be a respected label


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