Friday, June 29, 2012

Legendary Stax Guitarist "Bobby Manuel"

This week 'The Voice of Memphis' interviews Bobby Manuel, a legend in the Memphis Music scene.

Bobby Manuel joined Stax Records in the late 1960s and stayed through the label’s bitter end in 1975, after which he and Stax founder Jim Stewart opened Daily Planet studio and began doing independent productions together. At Stax, Manuel was a jack-of-all-trades, working as an engineer, mixer, songwriter, producer, and tour bandleader. But first and foremost, Bobby was and is a guitarist. 

He has recorded with Elvis Presley, Isaac Hayes, Al Green, Albert King, Little Milton, Billy Eckstine, Rufus Thomas, The MGs, Luther Ingram, The Bar-Kays, Leon Russell, John Mayall, Anne Peebles, Mavis Staples, and Eddie Floyd

After the demise of Stax Records, Manuel and Stax founder Jim Stewart operated a studio and production company. Shirley Brown was among their most notable signings. He later ran his own label, HighStacks (named to recall the glory of former Memphis R&B labels, Hi Records and Stax).

In 2004, Manuel organized and led a group of Memphis All-Stars with guest appearances by Marvell Thomas and Steve Cropper to celebrate the opening of the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, backing legends such as Isaac HayesMavis StaplesEddie Floyd,William BellSolomon Burke, and Al Green who performed in honor of the label.

This week's interview will air at the following times on

MONDAY July 2nd - 12:00 PM MEMPHIS Time CST


THURSDAY July 5th- 8:00 PM MEMPHIS  Time CST

The interview was conducted by Barry L. Shankman and K. Paul Compton and you'll love hearing stories from Bobby and his fascinating life that helped shape the Memphis Sound. The Voice of Memphis & All Memphis Music are preserving the artists, producers, the musicians and all those who helped create 'The Memphis Sound'
Paul Compton

All Memphis Music would like to thank the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau for their support of 
The Voice of Memphis and All Memphis Music

Jeffery Haas
Barry Shankman
Voice of Memphis Music
airing on AllMemphisMusic,com