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The Stax Museum of American Soul Music, located at the original site of Stax Records, 926 E McLemore Ave in Memphis, Tennessee, pays tribute to all of the artists who recorded there with a rare and amazing collection of more than 2,000 interactive exhibits, films, artifacts, items of memorabilia and galleries designed to keep Stax alive forever.
Recently Tim Sampson, the communications director for the Soulsville Foundation, the foundation responsible for preserving the history of Stax Records in the museum, selected his top five music artifacts and gave a story behind them. One of his selected artifacts was Isaac Hayes’ 1972 Cadillac El Dorado. Below is what Tim Sampson had to say about one of the most popular exhibits in the museum.
“Cadillac gave Isaac Hayes this car in 1972 as a reward for his Hot Buttered Soul album and as a PR stunt to go with the release of the Black Moses album. It’s trimmed with gold and lined with white fur and even has a refrigerator and a TV in it. I don’t know how long he had it for, but I know he drove it around town. It’s one of our most popular exhibits. I’ve never driven it, but I’ve sat in it.”