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Charles “Packy” Axton

  • Birth 17 Feb 1941 Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA
  • Death 20 Jan 1974 Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA
  • Burial Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA
  • Memorial ID 7728612

R&B Musician. The son of Estelle Axton and nephew of Jim Stewart, co-founders of the Stax Record Company, Axton was a member of the music group, 'The Mar-Keys.' The talented sax player formed the group in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1958, with guitarist Steve Cropper, bassist Donald 'Duck' Dunn, drummer Terry Johnson, trumpeter Wayne Jackson, saxophonist Don Nix, and pianist Jerry Lee 'Smoochie' Smith. Known as one of the most important groups to emerge from the Memphis, Tennessee, music scene, they joined the staff at Axton's mothers' Satellite Record Label in 1960, when they were a backup group to the likes of Rufus Thomas and his daughter Carla Thomas. The Satellite Record Label's name was later changed to the Stax Record Label. In 1961, the group released there one and only hit, 'Last Night.' The song went to the number three spot on the charts that summer. There next singles included, 'The Morning After,' 'Philly Dog,' and 'Pop-Eye Stroll.' In 1962, Cropper and Dunn left the group, and helped co-found the group, 'Booker T. and The MG"s.' Following the departures of Cropper and Dunn, the group went through other changes and the group eventually disbanded. The group members went onto form other groups or try there luck at solo careers and record producing. Jackson formed the group, 'The Memphis Horns,' and Nix became a solo artist and record producer for the likes of Jeff Beck, Freddie King, and Furry Lewis, among others. In 1965, Axton had a hit with his recording of 'Hole In The Wall,' with his band, "The Packers,' but no more. In January 1974, Axton suffered a fatal heart attack, at the age of 32. Other recordings by 'The Mar-Keys,' are, 'Sweet-P Crawl,' 'Straight From The Can,' 'Ebb Tide,' 'Sack o' Woe,' 'Sticks And Stones,' 'Diana,' and 'Muscles A-Comin' Home.'

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  • Originally Created by: Gary Flinn
  • Added: 1 Aug 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7728612
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Charles “Packy” Axton (17 Feb 1941–20 Jan 1974), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7728612, citing Forest Hill Cemetery East, Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .