Bobby Manuel

Bobby Manuel (born November 13, 1945) is an American guitarist. In the early 1960s he was the lead guitarist for the local band, The Memphis Blazers. He was hired by Stax Records in the late 1960s as an engineer and also quickly began doing studio work as a guitarist, becoming one of the company's most dependable and oft-used session players.

Manuel's credits include playing with some of the genre's most iconic figures, including Albert King, Rufus Thomas, Luther Ingram, and Isaac Hayes.

Though Manuel's roles at Stax centered on engineering and playing guitar, he also co-wrote songs, produced artists such as Stefan, Ben Atkins, and Annette Thomas, and he released a one-off novelty country record under the pseudonym Dale Yard. In 1973, he subbed for Steve Cropper as a member of The MG's, alongside Carson Whitsett and Stax stalwarts Al Jackson, Jr. and Duck Dunn.

In 1976, Manuel produced the number one hit "Disco Duck" by Memphis dee-jay Rick Dees and His Cast of Idiots. It was initially released by former Stax co-owner Estelle Axton's Fretone label.

After the demise of Stax Records, Manuel and Stax founder Jim Stewart operated Daily Planet, a studio and production company in Memphis, TN. Shirley Brown was among their most notable signings. He later ran his own label, HighStacks (named to recall the glory of former Memphis R&B labels, Hi Records and Stax).

In 2004, Manuel organized and led a group of Memphis All-Stars with guest appearances by Marvell Thomas and Steve Cropper to celebrate the opening of the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, backing legends such as Isaac Hayes, Mavis Staples, Eddie Floyd, William Bell, Solomon Burke, and Al Green who performed in honor of the label.


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Everything's OK (album)

Everything's OK is the 28th studio album by American R&B singer Al Green (credited on the cover art and track credits of this album as "The Reverend Al Green"), produced by Willie Mitchell and Green, and released in 2005 on the Blue Note label. The album peaked at #19 on the R&B chart and #50 on the pop chart, Green's first album to place in the pop top 50 since 1975.

Let Me Live in Your Life

Let Me Live in Your Life was Ben E. King's 12th album and 11th studio album, and his fourth record with Atlantic Records. The album was released in 1978.

Some tracks from Rhapsody appear on this album. "Tippin'", "I See The Light", "Dark Storm on the Horizon", and "Spoiled" are new tracks. "Let Me Live In Your Life", "Fifty Years" and "Sweet Rhapsody" were originally recorded by Motown group The Originals for their 1975 Lamont Dozier-produced album California Sunset.

Robert Manuel

Robert Manuel may refer to:

Robert Manuel (veteran)

Robert Manuel (politician)

Rob Manuel - co-founder of B3ta

Bobby Manuel, American guitarist

Robert Manuel (baseball) (born 1983), American baseball player

Robert Manuel (actor) (1916-1995), French actor

Soul Survivor (Al Green album)

Soul Survivor is the 21st studio album by Al Green, released in 1987.

The MG's (album)

The MG's is a 1973 album recorded by the MG's for Stax Records, but by 1973, leader/keyboardist Booker T. Jones and guitarist Steve Cropper were both estranged from Stax and residing full-time in Los Angeles, so remaining members Donald "Duck" Dunn and Al Jackson, Jr. recruited Bobby Manuel and Carson Whitsett to replace Cropper and Jones respectively.Billed as "The MG's" since Jones was not involved with the project, the group released two singles, "Sugar Cane" and "Neck Bone". The singles and the album were not commercially successful, but were critically well received. By 1975, Jones and Cropper agreed to reform the original lineup with Jackson and Dunn, but just days before their scheduled reunion, Jackson was murdered at his home in Memphis, Tennessee.

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