A Century Of Funk Rufus Thomas At 100

A Century Of Funk Rufus Thomas At 100
March 23, 2017 – August 31, 2017
Had it not been for Stax Records founder meeting Memphis music icon Rufus Thomas soon after he started his fledgling Satellite Records in 1957, Stax Records might never have become the soul and R&B powerhouse that it came to be. Having moved into the old movie theater at 926 E. McLemore Avenue to record country and rockabilly music, it was Rufus Thomas and his daughter Carla Thomas who opened Stewart’s eyes to R&B music with their regional Satellite hit, “Cause I Love You.” Rufus Thomas would go on to become of the one the label’s most influential artists until it was forced into involuntary bankruptcy in 1974.
March 26, 2017 marks what would have been “The World’s Oldest Teenager’s” 100th birthday and in commemoration, the Stax Museum presents this special new exhibit of photographs, promotional materials, stage costumes and other memorabilia to show the wide swath Thomas cut across Memphis music history — from the beginnings of black radio at WDIA to the glory days of Beale Street, as well as his crucial role as the first hitmaker for both the Sun and Stax labels.

Stax Museum of American Soul Music
926 E. McLemore Ave
Memphis, TN 38106
A Century Of Funk Rufus Thomas At 100

Hit the Road Stax!: Wayne Jackson, the Stax/Volt Revue, and the 1967 European Tour
April 7, 2017 – September 30, 2017
The Stax/Volt 1967 European Tour was one of the most pivotal events in the history not only of Stax Records, but also of taking the Memphis Sound to Europe and changing the lives of music lovers there forever. Booker T. & the MGs, Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Eddie Floyd, Arthur Conley, Wayne Jackson, Andrew Love, Joe Arnold and – for a brief time at the start of the tour – Carla Thomas, swept through England, France, Norway, and other European cities selling out show after show and exposing the continent to the raw, gritty, soul that was emanating from the tiny recording Stax studio in Memphis.

Working with the estate of Wayne Jackson, who was the consummate collector and amassed a treasure trove of memorabilia from the tour, and working with people from all walks of life who attended shows on the tour and kept mementos, the Stax Museum celebrates the 50th anniversary of this iconic concert tour with a special exhibit of clothing, photographs, news clippings, and more.