Rock History

R.I.P. Estelle Stewart Axton of Stax Records

Estelle Stewart Axton, the “AX” in “STAX Records” passed away last Tuesday at the age of 85 in Memphis. As co-founder of Stax Records with her brother James Stewart, Stax Records brought us the immortal Otis Redding, the exciting Sam and Dave, the ultra-cool Wilson Pickett, Isaac “Shaft” Hayes and dozens more amazing sounds that rivaled Motown in quality and influence. Another rock and roll legend (let’s not argue semantics) passes on. R.I.P. Estelle and thanks for the music.