Page 2 — Smoochy with the Mar-Keys
Pianist and singer Jerry Lee “Smoochy” Smith was an original
member of the Mar-Keys and played on their 1961-1962 instrumental hit “Last Night.”
was also a cowriter of the song.
The Mar-keys performing.
Packy Axton, Duck Dunn, Wayne
Jackson, Terry Johnson,
Don Nix, Steve Cropper and Jerry Lee “Smoochy” Smith on the right.
The Mar-Keys in the studio.
Packy Axton, Wayne Jackson,
Don Nix, Terry Johnson, Steve Cropper and Smoochy Smith
Short Biography of the
excerpts from All
Despite scoring only one national hit, the 1961 instrumental smash
"Last Night," the Mar-Keys remain one of the most important groups
ever to emerge from the Memphis music scene. They were the first
house band for the legendary Stax label.
Mar-Keys formed in 1958 and included drummer Terry Johnson, pianist
Jerry Lee “Smoochy” Smith, saxophonists Don Nix and Charles Axton,
and trumpeter Wayne Jackson in addition to Cropper and Dunn.
Originally dubbed the Royal Spaces, in 1960 the group joined the
staff at the Satellite label, backing artists that included Rufus
Thomas and his daughter Carla. A year later, the Mar-Keys headlined
Satellite changed its name to Stax, the Mar-Keys remained on board,
laying the foundation for the classic Memphis soul sound.
Mar-Keys were undoubted masters and became the house band for Stax
Records. The group underwent several changes. Smoochy left by 1962.
All Photo Gallery Pages
Photo Gallery—The Early Years
Jerry Lee with the Mar-Keys
Jerry Lee with the Sun Rhythm Section
Page 4: Jerry Lee—Miscellaneous
Page 5: Jerry Lee
Southern Music Studio