Friday, January 25, 2013

Record #0247: Last Night / Night Before – MAR-KEYS

Satellite 107 (original) USA, Jun. 1961
Music by:  Side A – credited for Mar-Keys, but actually written by Charles Axton, Floyd Newman, Gilbert C. Caple, Jerry Lee Smith, Chips Moman ; Side B – Mar-Keys
Musicians: Jerry Lee “Smoochy” Smith (organ), Charles “Packy” Axton (tenor sax), Donald “Duck” Dunn (bass), Steve Cropper (guitar on side B ?, holding the root note on the organ on side A), Terry Johnson (drums), Floyd Newman (sax), Don Nix (sax), Wayne Jackson (trumpet)
Recording sessions: Memphis, TN, 1961
Highest chart positions:  US #3, US R&B #2

This group had the beginnings for other Memphis groups like the Memphis Horns and Booker T. & the M.G.’s. Also, while being bands, the latter and the Mar-Keys were also house bands for Stax, playing on most of the records released by the label. (Satellite Records changed its name to Stax Records in Sep. 1961)

Cropper and Dunn (who passed away last May) both played in the Blues Brothers movies and soundtracks in 1980 and 1998.

Both tracks of this 45 are here.

List price:  Very Good+ is $15, Near Mint is $30

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