MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Stax Museum says a street is being renamed for James Alexander, the last surviving member of The Bar-Kays band that backed soul music star Otis Redding.
Located near the Stax Records studios where the the soul-funk collective recorded, Stafford Avenue in Memphis is scheduled to get a new name on April 24: James E. Alexander Avenue.
The bassist is the founder and last living member of the Bar-Kays. Four band members and Redding died when their plane crashed into an icy lake in Wisconsin on Dec. 10, 1967.
The Bar-Kays had their first hit in 1967 with “Soul Finger.”