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As the first house band for Stax Records, the Mar-Keys helped create the very sound of Southern soul, and at their peak they were arguably one of the finest instrumental party bands in the history of the universe. Still, they only had a single hit, the marvelous and classic "Last Night" from 1961, although — as this delightful anthology shows — they knew how to go to the well and they did it time and time again. "Last Night" is here, as are lesser-known gems like the deliciously greasy "Plantation Inn" and the elegant, precise, but still soulful "Walking with the Duke," making this a fine introduction to a criminally unsung group.


Formed: 1958 in Memphis, TN

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s

Despite scoring only one national hit, the 1961 instrumental smash "Last Night," the Mar-Keys remain one of the most important groups ever to emerge from the Memphis music scene. As the first house band for the legendary Stax label, they appeared on some of the greatest records in soul history, with their ranks also producing such renowned musicians as guitarist Steve Cropper and bassist Donald "Duck" Dunn. The Mar-Keys formed in 1958 and included drummer Terry Johnson, pianist Jerry Lee "Smoochie"...
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The Platinum Collection, The Mar-Keys
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  • £5.99
  • Genres: R&B/Soul, Music, Rock, Soul
  • Released: 19 March 2007

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