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    William Bell on World Cafe In 1968, the influential Stax Records in Memphis, Tennessee released 134 singles, including songs by Otis Redding, The Staple Singers, and today’s guest William Bell. He joins host Talia Schlanger to share a look inside an integrated Stax Records fifty years ago, while racial tension broiled outside – There was rioting in the streets, and Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Musically, 1968 was a wildly productive year, and it's captured on a new box set called Stax ‘68, featuring all 134 singles. That's coming up, on the next World Cafe.
Bell tells stories of Stax Records' wildly productive years that's captured on a new box set called Stax '68: A Memphis Story.
Today, we're traveling back 50 years to 1968 Memphis, Tenn. to take a peek inside one of the most influential recording studios, Stax Records. Co-founded by brother and sister Jim Stewart and Estelle Axton, Stax was home to the likes of Otis Redding, the Staples Singers, Booker T. and the MG's, Judy Clay, Rufus Thomas, Carla Thomas, Isaac Hayes, and my guest today, William Bell. Bell's here to tell stories of the wildly productive time that's captured on a new box set called Stax '68: A Memphis Story. The box features all 134 singles that Stax put out that year.

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