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Prom 65: Stax Records - 50 Years Of Soul: Booker T Jones, Sam Moore, Tom Jones, Beverley Knight, James Morrison, Ruby Turner, William Bell, Eddie Floyd, Steve Cropper, Jools Holland & His Rhythm And Blues Orchestra
Founded in 1959, Memphis-based Stax Records was synonymous with Southern Soul – a distinctive blend of funk, gospel and R & B that brought listeners across America together at a time of racial conflict and political unrest.
In this Late Night Prom Jools Holland and His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra pay tribute to the pioneering label and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stax/Volt Revue’s first tour of the UK, in a concert featuring some of the label’s greatest surviving artists.
Stax legends Booker T. Jones and Sam Moore will appear alongside Sir Tom Jones, a longtime fan and interpreter of the Stax songbook, Beverley Knight, James Morrison and Ruby Turner.
This event takes place at Royal Albert Hall, which has achieved Silver Status for disabled access from Attitude Is Everything.
The Hammond B3 alchemist is one of America's most prolific, distinguished and instantly recognizable musical forces. Perhaps best known as the leader of instrumental groovesters Booker T & The MGs.
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One half of the legendary soul duo Sam and Dave who had hits in the 1960s with discs such as 'Soul Man', 'Hold On I'm Coming', 'I Thank You' and many more.
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Tom's long career all began with his first hit 'It's Not Unusual' in 1965. Now Tom has found a new audience, thanks in part to his coaching on ITV's 'The Voice', and also in reaching fans of traditional R'n'B and gospel material with the trio of critically acclaimed albums he's released since 2010.
Although he is best known for hits including 'It’s Not Unusual', 'Kiss', 'Delilah', 'What’s New Pussycat' and 'Green Green Grass Of Home', he is first and foremost an artist with a true rhythm and blues soul, as recent albums 'Praise & Blame', 'Spirit In The Room' and 'Long Lost Suitcase' have demonstrated, full of simple, raw and soulful songs.
Knighted by Her Majesty the Queen in 2006, Sir Tom is indeed a living legend. His irresistible show traverses musical eras and genres, cuts across class divides and appeals to young and old, male and female, mainstream and cutting edge. Tom has always been about the power of the song, the power of the voice.
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The sassy soulful singer, three times MOBO award winner and Lifetime Achievement recipient from the Urban Music Awards. Beverley is a versatile British soul sensation, able to record unforgettable catchy pop songs and perform in musical theatre, taking the lead role in UK productions of The Bodyguard and Memphis. Her true love is classic soul though, as her 2016 album 'Soulsville' demonstrated, containing a mix of classic soul cover versions and self-penned new soul tracks.
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The Rugby boy-done-good, whose emergence on the UK music scene at the age of just 21, left the music critics speechless. Hits so far have included the blues-soaked Wonderful World and the spine-tingling You Give Me Something.
'UK music's most expressive new voice.' - Big Issue.
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Ruby Turner is renowned for hits such as 'If You're Ready (Come Go With Me)', 'I'd Rather Go Blind' and the No 1 hit single in the US R'n'B chart 'Its Gonna Be Alright'. To date, she has released eight albums, and guested on releases for the likes of Brian Ferry, UB40, Steve Winwood and Jools Holland. This amazing singer/songwriter is blessed with a voice to die for and whether performing jazz, soul or r'n'b. In addition to her solo singing career, Ruby is an accomplished actress on TV, film, and West End stage.
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Vocalist who had a long collaboration with keyboard player Booker T. Jones.
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Eddie Floyd, born 25th June 1939 in Montgomery Alabama, is a singer/songwriter known for his 1966 hit song 'Knock on Wood' (which he co-wrote with Steve Cropper) and other songs from the Memphis Soul Music era at Stax Records. He wrote songs for himself and other artists including Wilson Pickett and Otis Redding. He is a member of the Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame, the Alabama Music Hall of Fame and has received other honours throughout his nearly 50 year career in music.
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Legendary guitarist and founding member of both Booker T. & The MG's and The Mar-Keys. He was also the co-writer of the classics (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay, Knock On Wood and In The Midnight Hour. Still an in-demand musician and producer, Steve has also contributed to albums by Paul Simon, Ringo Starr and Buddy Guy, to name but a few.
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Former Squeeze ivory-tickler and presenter of the legendary Later with Jools Holland. Since learning to play fluently at the tender age of eight, Jools has gone on to become one of the UK's most proficient jazz and blues pianists. Having toured extensively with his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, his charismatic personality, impeccably good taste and accessible music have made him one of the nations most well-respected, and well-loved, musicians. Jools was awarded an OBE in 2003 for his services to the British music industry. He is married with four children and lives in a world of his own.
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