Stax's past influences future musicians in Memphis

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on May 16, 2013 at 2:03 AM

Updated Thursday, May 16 at 5:05 AM

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Decades after Stax Records died, its legacy in Memphis is still strong.

It's been 10 years since the Stax Museum of American Soul Music opened on the site of the old Stax Records studio, where Otis Redding, Booker T. and the MGs, Sam & Dave and others created some of American popular music's most memorable songs. Tourists flock daily to the museum, located in a neighborhood appropriately called "Soulsville."

Next to the museum sits the Stax Music Academy, an after-school program where teenagers from some of Memphis' poorest neighborhoods learn how to dance, sing and play instruments. The academy's students play annual shows in Memphis and have toured to Washington, Italy and Australia, helping spread the soulful "Memphis Sound."

Soulsville Charter School is adjacent to the museum and music academy.

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