If you're a fan of soul music — or rock music of any kind — you probably know a number of Stax Records hits: Booker T.'s "Green Onions," Rufus Thomas' "Walking the Dog," Sam & Dave's "Soul Man," and of course, numerous hits by Otis Redding. But Stax released a number of great songs that have gotten less attention over the years. Here are five of my favorite deep cuts.
- Eddie Kirk, "The Hawg, Part I"
Eddie Kirk is how Eddie Kirkland was billed on the two singles he released for Volt Records. He was guitarist in Otis Redding's band at the time.
- Barbara Stephens, "Wait a Minute"
Originally from Atlanta Barbara Stephens recorded four singles for Stax including this gem.
- Johnny Jenkins, "Spunky"
Johnny Jenkins is best known for bringing Otis Redding to Stax with his band The Pinetoppers. He went on to record Dr John's "Walk On Gilded Splinters" on his album Ton Ton Macoute that was later sampled for Beck's "Loser." "Spunky' is a funky instrumental and his only single for Stax.
- The Del-Rays, "Don't Let Her Be Your Baby"
The Del-Rays were from Illinois and cut two single for Stax, including a b-side called "There's Always Something There to Remind Me" that features the first recording by Michael McDonald of Doobie Brothers fame.
- Delaney & Bonnie, "Get Ourselves Together"
Husband-and-wife team Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett cut their first album, Home, at Stax backed by The MGs.