B-A-B-Y – Carla Thomas

Well I hope you had time to get comfy, and listen to some real romantic soul. This next artist ends this week's selection, but the beauty of R&B and Soul is that between the 1950s and 1990s, we have some of the best ballads whether released by either Black or White artists. The important thing is it was music that crossed-over, because it was just that, really great and memorable.
Carla Thomas never got the title of the Queen of Soul,” but during the period that Stax/Volt Records were a challenge to the Motown Sound, she was known as the “Queen of Memphis Soul.”
She is the daughter of Rufus Thomas and started her career very early, on her father's radio station. At the time the station sponsored a high school musical group called The Teen Town Singers a group of high school students from the area. An alumni of this group was Isaac Hayes, who would later become a notable force at Stax.
The age to be a member of this group was at minimum 14. Carla made it to the group at the age of 10, like stated previously, because her father was popular DJ.
Don’t think by being a member of the group she got off easy. She was required to maintain her school work and practice with the group. Those were the conditions of her being a member.
“Gee Whiz,” was her first Major hit reaching number five on the R&B Charts. Her next hit is our final spin for the day. “B-A-B-Y,” that reached number 14, on the Pop chart. She had several other hits that were popular on the R&B Charts including the song “Tramp,” that she recorded with Otis Redding on the “King & Queen album.
Here is Carla Thomas with “B-A-B-Y.”
Have a great work week and see you back here next Soulful Sunday, when we slip back in time and remember when the music touched your mind, touched your heart and touched your soul.

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