When neighborhood residents entered, their skin color wasn’t a factor. And what a neighborhood they’d moved into! Rufus Thomas came in first, bringing his daughter Carla. Jim and Estelle welcomed the opportunity to record them, and the success of their 1960 duet, “’Cause I Love You,” gave Satellite the hit that had been so elusive.
Jim, meanwhile, had fallen hard for Ray Charles’s “What’d I Say,” and when Rufus and Carla’s record led to a phone call from Atlantic Record’s Jerry Wexler, who’d produced Ray’s hit, Jim was thrilled to make a distribution agreement. Carla, still in high school, returned to cut another hit, “Gee Whiz,” which let Jim show off his talent for string arrangements.
Thanks a million for giving honor to some very special pioneers and individuals in the music and broadcast community.
After reading the Gordon’s book about star I can only think Mr Stewart was greedy and I pray for him and his family. You reap what you sew and your deception of Chip Moman sounds more like a cheesey banker than a producer
Estelle Axton belongs in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with her brother.
I have been a Stax fan for over 50 years as well as a Memphis Music buff. It would be nice to have many more sound grabs from the musicians on this site. The Memphis way of making and creating music in the fifties, sixties and seventies was a demonstration of true art. The egalitarian way of creating the fabulous sounds from Sun, Stax, Hi and American gave many young people a start and a significant role in the music business. Without that Memphis approach they may had ordinary say jobs and there’s nothing wrong with that but, in truth, the Memphis way brought out talents they may never have used. Let’s hope Memphis can re-make itself.