Stax founder Jim Stewart dies, an unlikely giant of Southern soul

By , Daily Memphian Updated: December 08, 2022 11:26 AM CT | Published: December 05, 2022 7:56 PM CT

Stewart perhaps cut an unlikely figure for the founder of a label that became synonymous with Southern soul music, creating stars such as Otis Redding and Isaac Hayes amid releasing roughly 800 singles and 300 albums in an initial span of fewer than 20 years.


Jim Stewart Stax Museum of American Soul

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Chris Herrington covers the Memphis Grizzlies and writes about Memphis culture, food, and civic life. He lives in the Vollintine-Evergreen neighborhood of Midtown with his wife, two kids, and two dogs.


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