Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Plaque Exhibits STAX Records Phillip Rauls


In the year 1974 STAX Records President Jim Stewart was going full steam ahead with the label's aggressive pursuit into the lucrative Pop Music field. Consulted by the label's influential Pop Music experts such as artist/producer Don Nix, Stax Attorney Craig Benson, Ardent Studio's John Fry and Pop Music coordinator Phillip Rauls, the label weaved their coordinated efforts with the marketing muscle and distribution system of CBS Records.

With STAX and Ardent artists on the road and touring the country, big results were anticipated. 

Fast forward the story to November 2022 when retired record industry executive, photographer and book author Phillip Rauls created an archived plaque for exhibit displaying his photographs with an original classic basketball jersey from STAX's corporate team from that very time period. The jersey is surrounded by album jackets from that memorable era with pics featuring (top to bottom) Rauls, Larry Raspberry and Don Nix, Booker T. Jones and Steve Cropper and with album covers of Booker T. & The MG's, Larry Raspberry & The Highsteppers, Don Nix and Big Star. Top right features Rauls standing in front of the business offices at the entrance of STAX Records and below that with him wearing the original basketball jersey from the mid-1970's. 

The plaque stands a 2' 30" long and 2' 26" wide. Licensing inquires are welcomed.


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