Jackson in Hinds County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
Malaco Records, one of America’s foremost labels in the fields of southern soul, blues, and gospel, was founded at this site in 1967. Malaco’s studio was the first state-of-the-art recording facility in Mississippi. The label attained national stature with the success of Dorothy Moore’s “Misty Blue” (1976), Z.Z. Hill’s “Down Home Blues” (1982), and other records by the Jackson Southernaires, Denise LaSalle, Bobby Bland, Little Milton, Latimore, and Johnnie Taylor.
Malaco Records released its first record, a 45 rpm soul single by Cozy Corley from Hattiesburg, in 1968. By then the company had already been in business for several years as a booking agency, Malaco Attractions, founded by Tommy Couch and Mitch Malouf. Couch and fraternity brother Gerald “Wolf” Stephenson had booked bands as college students at Ole Miss in the early and mid-1960s, and after Stephenson joined the Malaco team, he became chief engineer at the studio which Malaco built at this site in 1967. Malouf left the business in 1975, but Couch continued with Stephenson and, later, Stewart Madison as partners.
During the 1960s and ‘70s, Malaco often worked with larger companies such as Capitol, ABC, Mercury, Atlantic, Stax, and T.K. to release and distribute the recordings
Utilizing top-notch songwriters (George Jackson in particular) and skilled arrangers and studio musicians, Malaco blended elements of blues and soul music on further albums by Hill and other singers who joined the Malaco stable, including Denise LaSalle, Latimore, Little Milton, Bobby Bland, Johnnie Taylor, Shirley Brown, Tyrone Davis, Floyd Taylor, and Marvin Sease. Groups such as the Jackson Southernaires, the Williams Brothers, and the
Erected 2008 by the Mississippi Blues Commission.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mississippi Blues Trail marker series.
Location. 32° 21.353′ N, 90° 13.447′ W. Marker is in Jackson, Mississippi, in Hinds County. Marker is on West Northside Drive half a mile east of Medgar Evers Boulevard, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3023 West Northside Drive, Jackson MS 39213, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cassandra Wilson (approx. 1.6 miles away); Queen of Hearts (approx. 2.5 miles away); Osburn Stand MFWC Headquarters (approx. 3.5 miles away); Millsaps College (approx. 3.5 miles away); Union Battery Position (approx. 3.6 miles away); Noel House (approx. 4.1 miles away); The Gowdy Community (approx. 4.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jackson.
Regarding Malaco Records. Considered one of the last soul music companies. In addition to it's blues releases, Malaco Records has maintained a large presence in the R&B and Gospel genres.
In April, 2011 the Malaco company complex was nearly entirely destroyed due to a tornado that ripped thru the area.
Also see . . .
1. The Malaco Story (Company website). (Submitted on November 2, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Wikipedia article on Malaco Records. (Submitted on November 2, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
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