Stax: James Alexander of the Bar-Kays

James Alexander

James Alexander, bass guitarist for the Bar-Kays (Stax Record Label, Memphis) on the plane crash that killed his band mates and Otis Redding, and Dr. Kings assassination. “On April the 4th, 1968, we just happened to be in the studio recording. We couldn’t leave the studio and go home because all out on Macklemore they had National Guard there were a lot of riots and a lot of unrest in the city.”

See more of the story of  in this edition of Moments in Civil Rights History:

The Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

See more stories about the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King in the following first-hand accounts:

The Assassination of Dr. King: A First Hand Account

Dr. King: The Movement and the Legacy

A Child Learns of Dr. King’s Assassination

Racism and the Impact of the Civil Rights Leaders