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Atlas Music Publishing Purchases Legendary Soul Catalog6/24/2016
NEW YORK, NEW YORK (June 24th, 2016): Atlas Music Publishing Founder/CEO, Richard Stumpf, announced today the purchase of the music interests of the Al Jackson, Jr. Family Trust. Included in the purchase are publishing rights and recorded music revenue streams for iconic songs, such as “Let’s Stay Together” and “Green Onions”.
Stumpf remarked, “At Atlas, our goal is to only work with the best. Whether that’s active writers or song catalogs, it is our mission to focus on quality and not quantity. This principle is what allows us to remain a high service organization, which all of our clients benefit from. Al Jackson, Jr. was a legendary drummer, but he also wrote some legendary songs. For Atlas, this acquisition cements us in the top tier of 60’s/70’s soul music. We couldn’t be happier to be in a position to ensure that this music remains timeless, and we appreciate that the family has entrusted us with this mission."
Affectionately dubbed “The Human Timekeeper”, the drumming of Al Jackson, Jr. is the trademark of an era and a place; the famous backbeat of Stax and Hi Records. From the early 1960’s until his tragic death in 1975, he performed on countless hit soul records – “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay”, “Soul Man”, “In The Midnight Hour”, “I Can’t Turn You Loose”, “Green Onions”, “Try a Little Tenderness”, and “Knock on Wood” to name but a few. He played on virtually every recording by Otis Redding, Albert King, Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave, Carla and Rufus Thomas, Eddie Floyd, and William Bell. He also toured behind Otis on his famous European tour when Booker T. and the M.G.'s backed him on his only overseas trip.
He also contributed as a songwriter on some of the greatest musical works of this period. He is a co-writer on most all of the Booker T. and the M.G.’s works including “Green Onions”, “Time Is Tight”, "Hip Hug-Her”, "Soul Limbo”, “Chinese Checkers”, “Melting Pot” and many albums-worth more. Beyond this, he is also co-writer of many Otis Redding’s hits including “Let Me Come On Home” and four of Al Green’s greatest hits – “Let’s Stay Together”, “I’m Still In Love With You”, “You Ought To Be With Me”, and “Call Me”. Many have imitated his playing, but few have truly captured his strength and feel for the music, or his integral role in ‘60s and ‘70s soul music, and beyond. Al Jackson, Jr. is an inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Booker T. and the M.G.'s, and a two-time inductee into the Memphis Musicians Hall of Fame for both the M.G.’s and his session work. His drum set is on permanent display at The Stax Museum of American Soul Music in Memphis.
ABOUT ATLAS MUSIC PUBLISHING
Founded by Richard Stumpf (CEO) in 2013, Atlas Music Publishing is a service-oriented, digital market minded alternative to big box, high volume music publishing. Atlas was built on the belief that “Bigger is not better. Better is better.” Bringing together a team of veteran music publishing executives with proven track records, the company currently represents songs performed by top stars including Madonna, John Legend, Sam Hunt, Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, Dr. Dre, BJ the Chicago Kid, T.I., Justin Bieber and Tori Kelly. The company boasts a roster of hit-makers that spans multiple genres including Counting Crows, Van Halen, Toby Gad, Sean Garrett, Brian Howes, Dan the Automator, Mike & Keys, Matthew West and Ashley Gorley as well as emerging artists Oshea, Alex Winston, Alex Vargas, and Secret Weapons, amongst others. Well-funded by a mix of long-term strategic and financial partners with access to up to $400 million in capital, Atlas provides its writers with on the ground representation in every global territory, with its headquarters based in New York. For more information, visit www.atlasmusicgroup.com. For breaking news updates and behind-the-scenes information follow @atlasmusicpub on Twitter.
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