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The Mar-Keys

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Despite scoring only 1 national strike, the 1961 instrumental smash “YESTERDAY EVENING,” the Mar-Keys stay one of the most essential groupings ever to emerge from the Memphis music picture. As the initial house music group for the renowned Stax label, they made an appearance on a number of the ideal records in spirit history, making use of their rates also creating such renowned music artists as guitarist Steve Cropper and bassist Donald “Duck” Dunn. The Mar-Keys shaped in 1958 and included drummer Terry Johnson, pianist Jerry Lee “Smoochie” Smith, saxophonists Don Nix and Charles Axton, and trumpeter Wayne Jackson furthermore to Cropper and Dunn. Originally dubbed the Royal Spades, in 1960 the group became a member of the personnel at Axton’s mom Estelle’s Satellite television label, backing performers that included Rufus Thomas and his girl Carla. A season afterwards, the Mar-Keys headlined the Potato chips Moman-penned “YESTERDAY EVENING,” which reached the quantity three place in the summertime of 1961. When Satellite television transformed its name to Stax, the Mar-Keys continued to be up to speed, laying the building blocks for the traditional Memphis soul audio through making use of their funky, advanced grooves; concurrently they documented some singles including “Pop-Eye Stroll,” “The Morning After,” and “Philly Pet dog,” although non-e repeated the industrial achievement of “YESTERDAY EVENING.” In 1962 Cropper and Dunn still left the lineup to co-found the famed Booker T. as well as the MG’s. Various other personnel changes implemented, even though Mar-Keys continuing on for many more years prior to the name was ultimately dropped. Jackson after that shaped another top-notch program group, the Memphis Horns, while Axton led the Packers, credit scoring a 1965 strike with “Gap in the Wall structure.” Nix, in the meantime, mounted a single career, also creating records for performers including Freddie Ruler, Jeff Beck, and Furry Lewis.

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Full Name The Mar-Keys
Music Songs Last Night, Philly Dog, Grab This Thing, Pop-Eye Stroll, Sack O' Woe, About Noon, Plantation Inn, Muscles A-Comin' Home, Gigglin', Dear James" Medley, Sailor Man Waltz, Too Pooped To Pop-Eye, Ebb Tide, Walking With the Duke, It's Gonna Work Out Fine, Double or Nothing, One Degree North, Whot’s Happenin’!, Straight From The Can, Wimp-Burger, 'Cause I Love You, Squint-Eye, Cleo's Back, Bo-Time, Bush Bash, Sweet-P Crawl, Jive Man, Is It Because I'm Black?, Pop-Eye Rider, Creeper's Funkatrations, One With Sugar, Po' Dunk
Albums The Great Memphis Sound, Do the Pop-Eye, The Last Night!, Damifiknow! / Memphis Experience, In The Wild West, Last Night, Birth of Soul Music, Happy Sounds, Smalll Town City, Stax Instrumentals, Back to Back, Last Night! / Do the Pop-Eye, Night Before, Booker T. & The M.G.s + The Mar-Keys, Mellow Jelly, Bo-Time, Bound To Be a Winner, Christmas Bells Are Ringing, Quiescent Point, Gentleman Tunes, Turn Of The Year Masquerade, Big Hit Collection, Best of The Mar-Keys (The Classics), Pop Elite: Best Of The Mar-Keys, Long Play, Confectioner's, Love Caught, Mega Hits For You, Blue Haze, Bird Of Prey, A Bouquet Of Hits, Look at, Last Night - EP (Remastered), Black Or White, Mar-Keys - The Greatest Hits Collection, Over The Top Hits, The Lp Library, Comin' Home Baby (Hall of Fame), Id Like To Hear That Song Again, Soul Story USA (Remastered), Express Yourself, Sticks and Stones (Famous for Hits!), Get The Best Collection, Bitter And Sweet, 12 Hits, As Light As Straw, Always The Best Hits, Lets Have A Drink, The Mar-Keys Mastertakes, Your Christmas with the Mar-Keys, Art Collection


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