Stax Records is the other big recording studio in Memphis. Synonymous with "Southern Soul music", the company was originally founded in 1957 as Satellite Records by Jim Stewart and his sister, Estelle Axton. The name was changed to "STAX" in 1961 as a combination of the brother and sister's last names. Their integrated staff and performers was completely unheard of in those early days. Stewart and Axton set up shop in the Old Colonial theater ( six miles from downtown Memphis on the number 4 bus) because they liked the acoustical sounds of the old building. Artists, such as Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, Rufus and Carla Thomas, recorded on their label. The house band was Booker T. And the M.G.'s. Many of these artists lived in the neighborhood of the old Colonial theater, so they were easily attracted to the studio for recording their songs. The museum is a wonderful history of Stax Records and of Soul music in general. We were thrilled to have been able to visit it.