Friday, March 1, 2013

Stax Records: Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven

With a style somewhat different than Stax Records’ standard R&B and soul fare, Albert King brought the blues to 926 East McLemore Avenue in South Memphis in 1966. Known for his smooth vocals, tasty leads, and his Gibson Flying V guitar, Albert King’s records with Stax brought him mainstream appeal. King was with label until 1974.

Don Nix, who had been a member of the Mar-Keys, wrote and produced “Everybody Wants to go to Heaven”; the song appeared on King’s 1971 “Lovejoy” album. The single peaked at #38 on the R&B chart and just barely missed the Hot 100 with a top position of 103.

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