(House of Representatives - April 17, 2013)

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                              MEMPHIS SOUL

  (Mr. COHEN asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 
  Mr. COHEN. Last night, PBS aired the ``Memphis Soul'' performance 
recorded last week at the White House. The performance featured many 
songs that were recorded at Stax Records located in Memphis.
  In 1998, Memphis civic leaders raised more than $10 million to build 
the Stax Museum on the original site of Stax Records. The museum honors 
all of the artists who recorded at Stax, including Isaac Hayes, Al 
Green, Otis Redding, Booker T and the MGs, and others.
  From Eddie Floyd's ``Knock on Wood'' to Booker T and the MGs' classic 
``Green Onions,'' Isaac Hayes' ``Shaft,'' and Sam and Dave's ``Soul 
Man,'' the recordings at Stax Records made significant contributions to 
the music of the era.
  Beyond honoring its history, Stax is about education. In 2005, the 
Soulsville Charter School opened its doors to 60 sixth graders. Now 
expanded to grades 6-12, the 2013 class of Soulsville Charter School 
has a 100 percent college acceptance rate and scholarships.
  I encourage everyone to come to Memphis to visit the Stax Museum and 
see the Soulsville Charter School to learn more about Memphis' 
contribution to music. I also hope you will tune in to PBS this 
afternoon to watch another performance of ``Memphis Soul'' at 5 o'clock 
eastern, 4 o'clock central.