The Wattstax concert was a snapshot of the Black-is-Beautiful movement; an early 70s salve for the wounds caused by the 60s.
Released in 1971, ‘Black Rock’ was the first important step towards making The Bar-Kays one of the most reliable and powerful funk groups of the decade.
In February 1971, '(Do The) Push & Pull' went No.1 R&B when Thomas had been recording for 20 years, and was already 53 years old.
The soundtrack album to the 1972 festival, ‘Wattstax: The Living Word’ captured the power, heart and sense of unity and purpose behind the pioneering event.
The series will focus on classic, newly reissued albums by Booker T. & the M.G.s, the Bar-Kays, Delaney & Bonnie, Johnnie Taylor and David Porter.
They include titles by the Bar-Kays, Booker T and the MGs, Delaney & Bonnie and Johnnie Taylor.
The influential career of Isaac Hayes will be anthologised by Craft Recordings with the 22 September 2017 release of The Spirit of Memphis (1962-1976).
Concord Music Group and Rhino Entertainment have announced the 22 September 2017 release of Soulsville U.S.A.: A Celebration of Stax.
In the summer of 1969, the reconfigured Bar-Kays were seeing their first US chart action, albeit modestly, with the album Gotta Groove.
What is funk? Some say it’s all about the groove, for others it’s the attitude, the glide in your stride, the dip in yo’ hip. Time to immerse yourself...
Bar-Kays co-founder Ben Cauley, who died Sept 21, connects Otis Redding, with whom the Bar-Kays toured, and Keith Richards, on whose new album he appears.
The original Bar-Kays got their name from a billboard for Bacardi rum with missing letters and because it was akin to another Stax band, The Mar-Keys.