The Astors were a South Memphis soul group that recorded a handful of singles for the Stax label in the 1960’s. On Sunday April 28, 2013, they came together for the first time in 30 years to perform their single “Candy” for their friends, neighbors and fans at the Stax to the Max event at the Stax Museum in South Memphis, backed by the Gary Goin Band.
The stage set up on the back parking lot behind the museum and Stax Music Academy featured a series of performances from local and out-of-town school groups, as well as former Stax artists The Astors, The Temprees, The Mad Lads and William Bell. In addition there were children’s crafts and recreational activities and food vendors, and a crowd of several hundred turned out on Sunday, after the event was postponed from Saturday due to rain.
Also on Saturday’s busy day is ArtsMemphis’ Stax to the Max festival, featuring the appearance of three classic Memphis soul vocal groups The Temprees, The Mad Lads and The Astors, all of whom recorded for Stax back in the day. Although I was unable to get a detailed schedule, the flyer indicates who will appear.