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BORN: At Memphis, Tennessee based Stax Records in 1966 – they were the label’s house band, backing folks like Sam and Dave, Carla Thomas, Booker T. and The M.G.’s and Otis Redding.

BIG BREAK: Their first solo hit, “Soul Finger” which was released in 1966.

BACK STORY: The original Bar-Kays were tragically forced to regroup after four of them perished in the 1967 plane crash that also killed Redding. James Alexander and Ben Cauley, who survived the actual crash, (Alexander was on another plane) added Larry Dodson and other members and returned to their outstanding musicianship as the Stax house band, playing on the records of classic artists. They are known for their work with Isaac Hayes on his hit albums, including the “Shaft” soundtrack.

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Hear Part 1 of interview here

Hear what the Bar-Kays have to say about their new album and sound here

Check out their LIVE performance in the Red Velvet Cake Studio here

(Source: Black America Web)