Carla Thomas

Genres: Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock R&B / Soul R&B / Soul
Tags: soul stax female vocalists southern soul 60s Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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21 December 1942, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. The daughter of Rufus Thomas, Carla first performed with the Teen Town Singers. ‘‘Cause I Love You’, a duet with her father, was released on Satellite (later Stax Records) in 1960, but the following year she established herself as a solo act with ‘Gee Whiz (Look At His Eyes)’. Leased to Atlantic Records, the song became a US Top 10 hit. ‘I’ll Bring It On Home To You’ (1962 - an answer to Sam Cooke), ‘What A Fool I’ve Been’ (1963) and ‘Let Me Be Good To You’ (1965) then followed. ‘B-A-B-Y’, written by Isaac Hayes and David Porter, reached the US R&B Top 3, before a series of duets with Otis Redding proclaimed her ‘Queen of Soul’. An excellent version of Lowell Fulson’s ‘Tramp’ introduced the partnership. ‘Knock On Wood’ and ‘Lovey Dovey’ followed before Redding’s premature death. Thomas’ own...

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