Stax Records is an American record company, originally based in Memphis, Tennessee. The band Booker T. & the M.G.'s were employed by the company to play music on records by many singers, including Wilson Pickett and Otis Redding.
|Parent company||Concord Music Group|
|Founder||Jim Stewart, Estelle Axton|
|Distributing label||Concord Records (in the United States), Universal Music Group (worldwide distribution)|
Craft Recordings (reissues)
|Genre||Soul, blues, funk|
|Country of origin||United States|
1957–1960: Early years as Satellite Records change
Stax Records, originally named Satellite Records, was founded in Memphis in 1957 by Jim Stewart, initially operating in a garage. Satellite's early releases were country music, rockabilly records or straight pop numbers, reflecting the tastes of Stewart (a country fiddle player) at the time.
- Rob Bowman (1997). Soulsville U.S.A: The Story of Stax Records. Prentice-Hall. ISBN 9780825672279.
- Robert Gordon (2013). Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion. Bloomsbury USA. ISBN 9781596915770.
- Peter Guralnick (1986). Sweet Soul Music: Rhythm and Blues and the Southern Dream of Freedom. Back Bay Books. ISBN 0-316-33273-9.
- Mark Ribowsky (2015). Dreams to Remember: Otis Redding, Stax Records, and the Transformation of Southern Soul. Liveright. ISBN 9780871408730.
- Arnold Shaw (1978). Honkers and Shouters: The Golden Years of Rhythm and Blues. Macmillan. ISBN 0-02-061740-2.