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The Mar-Keys is an American soul band, originally from Memphis, Tennessee, founded in 1958. It was the first studiosessie band for Stax Records. They formed the basis for the typical Memphis soul sound in the early 1960s. The group consisted of: Steve Cropper (guitar), Charlie Freeman (guitar), Donald "Duck" Dunn (bass guitar), Jerry Lee "Smoochie" Smith (saxophone), he portrayed Packy "Axton (tenor sax), Charles" Don Nix (saxophone), Terry Johnson (piano) and Wayne Jackson ( trumpet andtrombone).
The Group began in 1958 on the Messick High School under the name the Royal Spades. In the 1960s they started together with Rufus Thomas and Carla Thomas and other musicians of Satellite Records songs as a studio session group for this label. The founders of this record company were respectively the mother (Estelle Axton) and uncle (Jim Stewart) of Charles Axton. They changed their name from The Royal Spades in The Mar-Keys and scored their first-and only-instrumental hit Last Night in 1961.The Mar-Keys was a variation on the word ' tent ' (marquee), referring to the tent outside the Stax Studios.
The name was changed in The Mar-Keys were Stax Records the first studio session band of this record company, although they continued to release singles such as Pop-Eye Walk, After Morning and Philly Dog. The group gradually got other band members: Wayne Jackson, Andrew Love and Joe Arnold went play along and occasionally came Booker t. Jones and Isaac Hayes accompany the band in the studio. After they had played music in the studio and had toured with Sam & Dave, Eddie Floyd, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding and other great names of Stax Records, the group in 1971 officially apart.
He portrayed Packy Axton, formed his own group the Packers who had a hit in 1965 with Hole In The Wal Axton died of cancer In 1976. In the 1960s, Wayne Jackson and Andrew Love had a private group called The Memphis Horns.
|Album with any chart positions (and)
in the Dutch Album Top 100
|The Last Night!||1961||-|
|The Great Memphis Sound||1968||-|