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. Ill Bring It On Home To You (1962 - an answer to Sam Cooke), What A Fool Ive 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 Fulsons Tramp introduced the partnership. Knock On Wood and Lovey Dovey followed before Reddings premature death. Thomas own...
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