At 926 East McLemore Avenue, home of the now-defunct Stax Records studio and one of the most famous addresses in American music history, the soul is returning to a run-down black neighborhood.
Stax was one of the most popular soul-music labels ever, second only to Motown in sales and influence. With its studio in a converted Capitol movie theater, Stax folded in 1975, and the surrounding neighborhood fell on hard economic times. Until now, that is.
In April a new museum, the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, and an adjacent music academy are due to open, part of an ambitious urban and cultural renewal program for the area dubbed "Soulsville USA" in the 1960s. The $20 million project is financed by federal, state and city funds as well as private donations.
Elvis recorded two times at the Stax Studio's in June and December 1973, which resulted in the album 'Raised On Rock'.