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Carla Thomas

Singer
Female
Born Dec 21, 1942
Age 73
Hometown City of Memphis

Carla Thomas is an American singer, who is often referred to as the Queen of Memphis Soul. She is the daughter of Rufus Thomas.

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Timeline

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CHILDHOOD

1942 Birth Carla Thomas was born on December 21, 1942, in the Foote Homes Housing Project in Memphis, Tennessee. … Read More
1952 9 Years Old In Memphis, the African American centered WDIA radio station sponsored a rotating musical group of high school students called the Teen Town Singers; notable alumni include Anita Louis and Isaac Hayes. Although the requirements to join the Teen Town Singers stated that the person should be of high school age, Thomas became a member in 1952 at the age of 10. … Read More

TEENAGE

1960 17 Years Old …  Because of his belief in the song's potential, Rufus returned to Memphis and in the summer of 1960, Thomas would cut the teen love song that she penned when she was only 15 years old. … Read More
1961 18 Years Old However, by February 1961, the song was being distributed nationally through Atlantic Records just as Thomas was in the midst of her first year at Tennessee A&I University in Nashville. … Read More

TWENTIES

1971 28 Years Old After her last Stax recording in 1971, Love Means, Thomas slipped into relative obscurity when compared to her 1960s musical heyday. … Read More

FIFTIES

1993 50 Years Old In 1993, Thomas was awarded the prestigious Pioneer Award, along with such musical heavyweights as James Brown and Solomon Burke, from the Rhythm & Blues Foundation in honor of her career achievements.

LATE ADULTHOOD

2003 60 Years Old She was also featured in the 2003 documentary, Only the Strong Will Survive that was shown at the Cannes Film Festival and showcased important Stax recording artists. … Read More
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