No More Elvis In Stax

Although Elvis recorded close to 30 songs at Stax, Elvis has been "erased" from its history. Until recently, visitors found one small display that refered to Elvis. The display contained 3 album covers and a karate gi he supposedly wore during one of the sessions. But even the album covers and gi are gone now. Elvis's name isn't mentioned during the tour, it's not on any plaque, nor can you find CD's or memorabilia in the gift shop. "Memphis is focussed on Elvis, but we want to show the world that Stax was more than the studio where he recorded", one of the workers commented. "Stax is about soul. That's our story." Asked if there was a chance that Elvis would be rehabilitated, the answer was: "no". Here's the list of songs Elvis recorded at Stax in 1973. Songs Elvis recorded at Stax (1973) 21 July If You don’t Come Back It’s Diff’rent Now Three Corn Patches Take Good care of Her 22 July Find Out What’s Happening I’ve Got a thing about You Baby Just a Little Bit 23 July Raised on Rock For Ol’ Time Sake 24 July Girl of Mine 25 July Sweet Angeline 10 December I Got a Feeling in my Body It’s Midnight 11 December You Asked me to If You talk in your Sleep 12 December Mr. Songman Thinking About You Love Song of the Year Help Me 13 December My Boy Loving Arms Good Time Charlie’s got the Blues 14 December Talk about the Good Times 15 December Promised Land Your Love’s Been a Long Time Coming There’s a Honky Tonk Angel 16 December If That Isn’t Love Spanish Eyes She Wears My Ring
Source: ElvisMatters / Updated: Mar 14, 2006 
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nrbl (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 18, 2006report abuse
Its just not right for them to take down what little they had of Elvis there it is an injustice. But the funny thing is that should Stax never have been mentioned as a place where Elvis recorded many songs they would have hell over it and would be looking for the recognition
Nilson Rego (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 18, 2006report abuse
In their points of view, Elvis´ sound and career has nothing to do with them and also consider his behavior during those sessions very embarrassing and disrespectful. They made it for professionalism and money but care and consideration belong to another universe. I agree with them? Naturally not. It´s an absurd! But I conceive that reality and Elvis' world are very alike sometimes.
corey3rd (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 17, 2006report abuse
First off - this Stax Soulsville museum isn't really the recording studio. That was demolished two decades ago. So it's not like you'll be standing in the space where Elvis recorded like a visit to Sun Studio. The guys at Stax stopped being part of the freebie (you should tip) shuttle that runs between Graceland, Sun and the Rock N Soul Museum. They're out to create their own identity even though they aren't within the normal tourist loop. And the people we talked to who went to Stax said there were the only ones in the exhibit space. The only employee sold tickets. We weren't going to pay for a cab to take us over there. I'm guessing the folks at Stax are somehow getting bitter that Sillerman is trying to take over the town. Although I wonder if there's any mention of Alex Chilton's Big Star in the museum.
Crawfish (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 16, 2006report abuse
This is absolutely crazy; can't wait to see their takings go down! Thank goodness Elvis is not alive to see this injustice!! We have to vote with our feet once more sadly!
cheerhater (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 15, 2006report abuse
I think Stax is dumb as well I'm just glad Rlvis did'nt see this injustus
Dixieland Rock (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 15, 2006report abuse
This is looks like racism to me. It seems like there is always a double standard when it applies to a white person though. Maybe I'm wrong, but it sure seems that way. Obviously if they remove any mention of Elvis from Stax Studio's history, they are also going to lose ALOT of financial revenue from this dumb choice. Most people that would even take the tour are probably coming to see the part where Elvis played in it's history. That would be the only reason for alot of people to go. And if Elvis isn't even a part of the tour then why go? Financially this is a bad decision on their part. But let them figure that out.
everett001 (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 15, 2006report abuse
Maybe all Elvis fans should consider NOT making STAX STUDIO TOUR a part of their activities during ELVIS WEEK. I know I wont visit it.And I enjoy and buy a lot of black blues artists including B.B. King.
elvisfan1958 (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 15, 2006report abuse
Oh, screw 'um. They can kiss where the sun doesn't shine, right along side the jerks that took away the plaque at Pearl Harbor. We don't need them!
Viva (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 14, 2006report abuse
I cannot believe the arrogance of these idiots. Elvis had more soul in his little finger than any of the artists at Stax had in their entire bodies. This is quite clrearly a decision based on prejudice and the inability of a section of the "black" music industry to accept the fact that they owe everything to Elvis (Be it for Soul music or any other kind for that matter) - a white man. I am only glad that Elvis never displayed the kind of contempt for his fellow man as those cretins at Stax so clearly have here. And one more point: Who the hell do they think the majority of their visitors are anyway? Isaac Hayes fans? Elvis gave these artists the freedom to perform their music to the masses, and now his fans help fund the Stax museum - and they hate him for it. I hope the place burns down you ungrateful, hippocritical bigots.
serpico (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 14, 2006report abuse
As usual The guy who put Stax on the map is ignored because why? He is White! Pity they don't close this recording studio for good.
hound216 (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 14, 2006report abuse
I agree with y'all, this is about race. Certain people are "allowed" to be racist, others of us are not!
jcorley (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 14, 2006report abuse
"Stax is about soul. That's our story."?? We're talking about the most 'soulful' singer and entertainer of all-time here. It's like they've taken the well known "Elvis has left the building" and turned it 180 degrees against him and his legacy. What a disgrace and injustice to not just Elvis, but to his fans worldwide as well. Elvis recording at least 1 song there should be enough to earn him a place in their exhibits, tours, and history. They should be presenting the King there more than he was before, not less. This is very upsetting and a down-right cruel act. I hope this gains more media attention. And, like others already said, this would be a major news item if a black artist was erased. But, many black artists, past and current, have given him much well-deserved credit and words of praise regarding his soulfulness. Also, the word 'soul' or 'soulful' is not, by definition, a phrase used only based on the color of the skin, but to the true ability of the artist, as in - "Full of or expressing feeling or emotion." I can't think of even a few artists that would come close to him by that definition. I think Stax needs to re-evaluate their "..story". Wasn't it James Brown that said "Elvis was the original soul brother"?? I don't mean to talk only about the soulfulness, but I would think any place on earth would be proud to have some memory of Elvis once gracing their 'hallowed' halls. Once again, Elvis has been pushed aside or forgotten, which is a disgrace. But, that's just my opinion. I don't know what else to add, to sum up how I feel about this Elvis-wrong, without venting much anger. On to the next fan's reaction now....
kev11467 (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 14, 2006report abuse
You've got to be sh*tting me????? If Elvis was a black artist and removed form Stax Jesse Jackson be on every news network screaming racism....
Clambake67 (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 14, 2006report abuse
Can you imagine if this was done to a Black artist of Elvis' stature? they would be crying like racism like crazy! What a shame that the city Elvis put on the map has attempted to distance themselves from him and his legacy as much as possible.
Tony C (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 14, 2006report abuse
Stax probably is about soul, but Elvis had a lot of soul in his music. Perhaps it's a racial issue.

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