Wednesday, February 25, 2004

she was successful beyond all her expectations and wondered what could possibly be the capstone of her great career. and then she met rick dees.

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (AP) -- Estelle Axton, co-founder of the famed Stax Records Co., which generated hits from acts including Sam and Dave, Otis Redding Jr. and The Staple Singers, has died. She was 85.


"Were it not for her, there's no way Stax could have become what it became," said David Porter. [...] Between 1960 and 1975, Stax's roster also included Booker T. and the MGs, Rufus Thomas, Albert King, Johnnie Taylor, The Mar-Keys and the Bar-Kays.

Axton and other family members went on to establish the Fretone label which produced Rick Dees' 1977 hit "Disco Duck."
Update, 9:20pm: iTunes does not have "Disco Duck" available for online purchase!

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