Stax Records was a record label from Memphis, Tennessee. Along with Sun and Motown, it has become one of the great cult labels to record collectors worldwide. The Stax label was originally founded in 1957 as Satellite Records, but was changed to Stax Records in 1961.
The label's first major hit was Last Night by the Mar-Keys, and that group's name was perhaps a play on the spelling of Marquis.
The Canadian versions of the Stax label releases are quite rare, and they are unique because of their special label designs created and used only for the Canadian market.
London Records Of Canada pressed and distributed Stax records in Canada from the outset in July 1961 through to the beginning of 1967 when Quality Records of Canada took over the distribution of both Stax and Volt.
|London Z-107||Mar-Keys||Last Night / Night Before|
|blue label, July 9 1961, The first pressings of "last Night" by Mar-Keys were issued on the blue London label. It's success led London Records of Canada Ltd. to come up with the Stax label for Canada which was a very simple silver print on a plain black label.|
|Volt V-103||Otis Redding||These Arms Of Mine / TBD|
|Stax Z-107||Mar-Keys||Last Night / Night Before|
|Stax Z 112||Mar-Keys||Diana / The Morning After|
|Stax Z 115||The Mar-Keys||Foxy / One Degree North|
|Stax Z.121||The Mar-Keys||Pop-Eye Stroll / Po-Dunk|
|Stax Z.126||Rufus Thomas||It's Aw'rite / TBD|
|Stax Z.127||Booker T And The MGs||Green Onions / Behave Yourself|
|Stax Z-129||The Mar-Keys||Sack O Woe / Sailor Man Waltz|
|October 1962, pictured here is Jack Cullen's personal copy of Stax Z-129 from October 1962|
|Stax Z 131||Booker T And The MGs||Aw' Mercy / Jelly Bread|
|Volt V-132||Otis Redding||Satisfaction / Any Ole Way|
|Stax Z 133||The Mar-Keys||The Dribble / Bo-Time|
|Stax Z 134||Booker T And The MGs||Big Train / Home Grown|
|Stax Z 137||Booker T And The MGs||Plum-Nellie / Chinese Checkers|
|Stax Z 140||Rufus Thomas||Walking The Dog / Fine & Mellow|
|Stax Z 169||Booker T And The MGs||Outrage / Boot-Leg|
Quality Records began to press and distribute for Stax and Volt in Canada and used the same numbering series for both Stax and Volt 45 RPM releases. Quality used the same labels for their pressings of The Turtles 45s on White Whale. After the blue label came the Yellow Label with the US logo.
|VOLT 148X||Bar-Kays||Soul Finger / TBD|
|VOLT 157X||Otis Redding||(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay / Sweet Lorene|
|VOLT 163X||Otis Redding||The Happy Song (dum dum) / Open The Door|
|Stax 201X||Albert King||Crosscut Saw / TBD|
|Stax 211X||Booker T and the MGs||Hip Hug-Her / TBD|
|Stax 224X||Booker T and The MGs||Groovin' / TBD|
|Stax 242X||Sam & Dave||I Thank You / TBD|
|STA. 0009X||Johnnie Taylor||Who's Making Love / I'm Trying|
|STA. 0012X||Eddie Floyd||Bring It On Home To Me / Sweet Things You Do|