BORN: At Memphis, Tennessee based Stax Records in 1966 – they were the label’s house band, backing folks like Sam and Dave, Carla Thomas, Booker T. and The M.G.’s and Otis Redding.
BIG BREAK: Their first solo hit, “Soul Finger” which was released in 1966.
BACK STORY: The original Bar-Kays were tragically forced to regroup after four of them perished in the 1967 plane crash that also killed Redding. James Alexander and Ben Cauley, who survived the actual crash, (Alexander was on another plane) added Larry Dodson and other members and returned to their outstanding musicianship as the Stax house band, playing on the records of classic artists. They are known for their work with Isaac Hayes on his hit albums, including the “Shaft” soundtrack.
RESUME: The Bar-Kays may be Stax’ best kept secret. The historic R&B label depended on their musicianship as the backbone for their success. One of their biggest groups was Booker T. and the M.G.’s, an interracial group who were one of the first to be successful. The Bar-Kays recorded their own hits as a group including “Freakshow On The Dance Floor,” “Attitude,” “Move Your Boogie Body,” “Sex-O-Matic,” “Anticipation,” “Hit And Run,” “She Talks To Me With Her Body,” and “Too Hot To Stop.”
FUN FACTS: The Bar-Kays are one of the most sampled groups in hip-hop due to their tight funk grooves. The have been sampled on records by Cameo, Will Smith, Coolio and Teddy Riley. Producer Jazze Pha, born Phalon Anton Alexander, who has worked with groups like LSG, Ciara, Left Eye, Trick Daddy, Big Boi, Li’l Wayne, Nelly and more, is James Alexander’s son. He was named after Phalon Jones, one of the BarKays members who was killed in the plane crash.
LATEST WORK: “Grown Folks”, the group’s 30th career release, is out now.
2. HAPPY CHILDREN=QUALITY PARENTING. We don't always see eye to eye on everything and that's normal. We're human beings. But we come together and do it right for what's important, the kids. We are not enemies, we are parents. And we are parents 1st. S/O to @monyettashaw for making Mason's bday memorable. S/O to @itscrystalsmith at home taking care of our other lil' Prince. ❤️❤️❤️ THIS IS WHAT CO-PARENTING LOOKS LIKE. #Blessed #Happy #AboveTheDrama #BiggerThanUs
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3. So happy to finally be able to share with you all that I’m the new Global Brand Ambassador for @Revlon! Follow my day on RevlonSnaps. Yay! Choose Love, Everybody! #RevlonXCiara #chooselove #ad
7. Today was not easy..but by the grace of God we all got through it. Words cannot express our gratitude for all of your Prayers, Positive thoughts and Support for us throughout the years. Tommy will be missed but most certainly never forgotten...And PLEASE don't ask "Where's Martin?.." he was there too...just not in this picture. Lol! God bless you all.. #LoveConquersAll #MartinShow
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9. West coast get ready for #RockyHorror. I will be live tweeting again. #letsdothetimewarpagain
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11. We about to ROCK at #KCABlackBall!! All for our life-changing effort to end 🌎 AIDS.
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12. Today's #SNAPJACK is brought to you by @yazzthegreatest 😂😂😂💋💋💋
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13. Damn girl you kinda old to be headed to the Go Go. You coming in at the age they leaving. LMAO
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14. Daddy daycare B-Boxin with @acewellstucker @shopraisingace
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15. #FBF Naviyd & URV "LIL MONSTERS"
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16. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ONE OF THE BIGGEST LEGENDS IN OUR HIPHOP HISTORY! @snoopdogg CONTINUED BLESSING AND LOVE FAMILY!!!!! REAL OG!
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17. Thank you for a beautiful night VSU! Let's do it again! #HOMECOMING
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18. Had a great time this morning with my familia Erica, Griff & Truth!!
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19. Check out my interview on @essence facebook live. #inmyownwords #nycpromo #day2
22. Why me and @coryhardrict got the same pose... and notee... new mouth #naked
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23. When my husband is my personal 'hype-man'! it kills me every time! 💜😂 #WHATNOW #lostfiles📷
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24. Diggy Simmons
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25. Hand full of @jacquieaiche 💙💎💍 @esnail_la 💅🏾
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26. SuperSoulers! You can watch my interview with Carl Lentz live from my Facebook page, tomorrow at 11a ET| 8a PT. #SuperSoulSunday
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27. 💋 .. When the friendship is easy like Sunday morning. ☀️
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28. Sunday mornings are the best........... hugs and cuddles with my angel
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29. #huggar16 #hellohuggars
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30. My gym is everywhere!.. #RnBMoney #TheGeneral 📸: @twelvepastseven
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31. Nothing I would rather be doing... Rocko setting up our movie, Romelō working on a puzzle & Laiyah singing and sharing all she's learning at school... I'm so grateful for the joy they've brought into my life ... Praying for peace , joy & love in the home of EVERY family ♥️ #HeadScarfPJSunday LOL 😂