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A prime-time funk band that sounded like everybody else. Most of the original members of the Bar-Kays died in a fatal plane crash along with Otis Redding.This collection features one tune by the original Bar-Kays, "Soul Finger," their first hit. It's a bouncy instrumental with a party ambience. The '70s and '80s Bar-Kays kicks out the rest of these high-powered dancers, including uncut versions of "Lets Have Some Fun," "Shake Your Rump to Your Funk," "Your Boogie Body," and "Freak Show." Despite not having a clear identity, they excelled at incorporating others' styles into their funky mix.


Formed: 1966 in Memphis, TN

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Initially a funky instrumental soul combo on Stax/Volt, the Bar-Kays were nearly destroyed when most of the band perished in the same plane crash that claimed Otis Redding. Amazingly, the Bar-Kays not only regrouped but prospered, evolving into a popular funk ensemble over the course of the '70s. They continued to score hits on the R&B charts through much of the '80s as well, making for a career longevity that no one would have predicted for Stax's formerly star-crossed number-two house band. The...
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