Hip Records

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Hip 45 rpm label, by The Goodees singing "Condition Red"

Hip Records was a daughter label of Stax Records.[1] It was formed around 1967 for the purpose of recording and releasing material by Memphis and regional rock bands and groups. The Stax label had always recorded a small amount of non-soul material, and a few white rock bands like The Barracudas, The Cobras and the Memphis Nomads had releases on the Stax label itself. But after 1967, Stax began to set up new labels for different genres, Enterprise for jazz and Hip for rock and roll.[2][3] Jim Stewart imported singer Sharon Tandy from England to launch the label. Initially a singles label, Hip began to release albums after Stax's acquisition by Gulf & Western/Paramount in 1968. Albums were released by Paris Pilot, The Goodees,[4] The Southwest F.O.B.[5] and The Knowbody Else (Black Oak Arkansas).[6] In 1969, Don Nix was named head of the Enterprise label, and Hip was discontinued. Stax began placing most of its rock, country and jazz on Enterprise going forward.

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  1. ^ Robert Gordon (12 November 2013). Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion. ISBN 978-1596915770.
  2. ^ "Stax Launches Hip Label as Memphis Pop Entry". Billboard. 26 November 1966. Retrieved 27 February 2021.
  3. ^ Stax moves into International Artist, Film Areas. Billboard 29 Jun 1968.
  4. ^ Kim Cooper (29 February 2016). "Candy Coated Goodees: The Girl Group's Last Gasp". Scram Magazine. Retrieved 27 February 2021.
  5. ^ Ken Mansfield, Marshall Terrill (May 2015). Rock and a Heart Place: A Rock 'n' Roller-coaster Ride from Rebellion to Sweet Rebellion. ISBN 978-1424549993. Retrieved 27 February 2021.
  6. ^ Giles Hamilton. Black Oak Arkansas - They told me they could sell Crazy. Rock Candy Magazine.

External links[edit]

Hip Records discography at Discogs