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Al Bell

Al Bell

Legendary Promoter

Former chairman and owner of Stax Records and former president of Motown Records. Bell’s promotional efforts drove the "Memphis Sound" internationally, and made Stax the second-largest African American-owned business in the 1970s. He was instrumental in establishing the career of Isaac Hayes, and he worked closely with Hayes on his first hit album, "Hot Buttered Soul" and the follow-up "Black Moses." Bell arranged for the production of the soundtrack for the film "Shaft," which earned Isaac Hayes an Academy Award, and subsequently staged the famous Wattstax concert in Los Angeles and produced the award-winning film "Wattstax: The Living Word." He also was responsible for the success of Tag Team’s "Whoomp! There It Is," which sold five million singles in the U. S. alone and gave Prince’s "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World," his biggest-selling single ever. An accomplished songwriter, Mr. Bell has penned over 200 songs, including "I’ll Take You There," "Hard To Handle," and "Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquidaly(m)nistic." Today, Bell works in the independent music scene in Memphis, serves on the Board of the Memphis Music Foundation, and maintains an online music website and radio show at AlBellPresents.com. The Grammy’s honored Bell in 2011 with their "Trustees Award."