Like a lot of sub genres of Soul, the Memphis sound is dominated by a record label, that is "Stax Records" as well as "Hi Records", both based out of Memphis, Tennessee. The Memphis sound is a shimmering, sultry style of Soul produced in the 1960s and 1970s.
It featured melancholic and melodic horns, organ, bass, and drums, as heard in recordings by;-
Booker T. & the M.G.'s.;-
Booker T. & the M.G.'s. sometimes also played in the harder-edged Southern soul style. The Hi Records house band (Hi Rhythm Section) and producer Willie Mitchell developed a surging soul style heard in the label's 1970s hit recordings. Some Stax recordings fit into this style, but had their own unique sound.