Carla Thomas
American singer
Carla Thomas
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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An Essential New Otis Redding Collection
Mother Jones - over 3 years
Otis Redding The Complete Stax/Volt Singles Collection Shout! Factory Is Otis Redding the greatest soul singer of all time? Fans of James Brown or Solomon Burke, among others, might disagree, but the Big O certainly delivered the goods. There's no better place to explore the legacy of the Georgia great than this irresistible three-disc, 70-track set, which includes every original A- and B-side in its original mono mix (a recent trend in reissues that makes sense, since '60s singles were targeted to AM radio). While casual fans may already know "Respect" (which predates Aretha's cover), Redding's rowdy version of the Stones' "Satisfaction" or "(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay," his biggest hit, released shortly after his death in 1967, there's a wealth of other down-home R&Br to discover here. Backed by his ferocious Stax colleagues, including Booker T and the MGs and the horns of the Mar-Keys, Redding always went full-force, whether revamping the Sinatra standard "Try ...
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Matt Farmer: A Voice I No Longer Hear
Huffington Post - over 3 years
I had voices in my head on Father's Day. And I've got a pretty good ear for voices. Ten seconds into a recording, I can usually tell you that we're listening to Faron Young or Carla Thomas or Jimmy Witherspoon or Shirley Horn. In fact, just by typing those names, I can instantly conjure up the sounds of their singing (and, in some cases, speaking) voices. But I realized on Father's Day that I'm now having a hard time remembering what my dad's voice sounded like. Carla Thomas? I last heard her voice -- on record, mind you -- probably a month ago. My dad's voice? I haven't heard it since the morning of September 25, 1978. Unlike Carla, my dad wasn't a recording artist, so I can't pull a CD off my shelf when I want to hear his baritone. And YouTube is no help because my dad died before we became a nation that videotaped everything. I can't remember what we said to each other on that warm September morning, but I'm sure we had some rushed conversation while he go ...
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Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin: Dog Ears Music: Regrets & Resolution, Part III
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Guy Lombardo Song: Auld Lang Syne Album: Enjoy Yourself--The Hits of Guy Lombardo Genre: Pop Buy: iTunes.com Frank Sinatra Song: Drinking Again Album: Nothing But the Best--The Frank Sinatra Collection (Remastered) Genre: Vocal Buy: iTunes.com Muddy Waters Song: Champagne & Reefer (Live) Album: Muddy "Mississippi" Waters Live (Legacy Edition) Genre: Blues Buy: iTunes.com Radiohead Song: High and Dry Album: The Bends Genre: Alternative Buy: iTunes.com Julian Casablancas Song: 4 Chords of the Apocalypse Album: Phrazes for the Young Genre: Alternative Buy: iTunes.com Carla Thomas & Otis Redding Song: New Year's Resolution Album: R&B Christmas, Vol. 1--EP Genre: R&B Buy: iTunes.com Terry Reid Song: Marking Time Album: Superlungs Genre: Rock Buy: iTunes.com Aerosmith Song: Back in the Saddle Album: Rocks Genre: Rock Bu ...
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Tryouts Set for Tampa Bay Rain Dance Team
Bloomingdale-Riverview Patch - over 4 years
News Report The Tampa Bay Rain, Tampa Bay’s only professional basketball team, will be holding interviews and auditions for its dance team on Friday, June 22 and Saturday, June 23. Interviews will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. June 22 at the Tampa Bay Rain offices located at 1300 N. Westshore Dr., Suite 215. Interviews will be panel interviews. On Saturday, June 23, auditions will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. at Lifestyles Family Fitness – Bloomingdale, 3236 Lithia-Pinecrest Rd., in Valrico. Those who advance past the dance auditions phase will be invited to a five-day training camp where the final team will be selected throughout the training camp process. Candidates wishing to audition for the Tampa Bay Rain Dance Team should obtain the registration form and auditions waiver form online. Additionally, a $25 registration fee must be paid prior to the auditions at tampabayraindanceteam.eventbrite.com. Upon paying the registration fee, applicants will receive an email to select ...
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NJPAC Announces Schedule of Events
Belleville Patch - almost 5 years
The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) has announced its schedule for the 2012-13 season, which is filled with new festivals, curatorial and artistic collaborations, and community partnerships, programs and artist outreach that will take place within and beyond its stages. Throughout the season, NJPAC will continue to add performances. NJPAC is located at 1 Center St. "Our 2012-13 season will be filled with the sounds of surprise" said John Schreiber, NJPAC's president and CEO. "We've consciously scheduled more curtains and added significantly to the artistic mix. In addition to what audiences have come to love and expect from the Arts Center, we're introducing new programs that will be unique to the region. If you already love NJPAC, there's plenty on the roster for you. And if you haven't yet been to the theater or visited in a long time, we think our expanded schedule will offer something to engage everybody." Single tickets are now onsale and may be purchased by calling ...
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National Geographic's "Visions of Earth" Archives Online
Core 77 - almost 5 years
Nearly 2,000 canoes and kayaks floating on Fourth Lake in the Adirondacks, with all of the individual boaters holding hands in an effort to break the World's Largest Raft record - Nancie Battaglia, Sports Illustrated/Getty Images (image rotated 90 degrees to fit here) National Geographic has posted this year's "Visions of Earth" photo series, a sort of best-of-the-best of what our planet has to offer in terms of visual beauty, both natural and man-made. For some reason I find the top-down photographs the most compelling, as they literally broaden—or is that heighten—your perspective, showing you things you'd recognize from the ground but would have no opportunity to see from above. (Or in the case of the moth scales, at such magnification.) While there's nothing specifically industrial-design-related here, anyone interested in the visual arts is bound to find dozens of inspiring images; NatGeo has made not only this year's pick available for free viewing, but has also posted th ...
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(illustrative photo special to The Star) - Anniston Star
Google News - over 5 years
Poverty can have a dramatic affect on a child's health, according to Anniston pediatrician Dr. Carla Thomas. “If you're in poverty, a lot of times you don't have proper nutrition,” she said. “You don't have the ability to access the health care
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Breaking Ground for Groundbreakers - Cincinnati CityBeat
Google News - over 5 years
The guitarist, who is white, also played with Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Eddie Floyd, Johnnie Taylor, Carla Thomas and more Soul giants of the 1960s. In the 1970s, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd tapped him (and bass-playing MG's partner Donald “Duck”
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Father Basil Henry at St. Luke's Orthodox Church in Anniston. Photo: Trent ... - Anniston Star
Google News - over 5 years
The sandstone Tudor, built in 1924 by Charles A. Hamilton (the co-founder of the Anniston Pipe Company), was restored by Anniston physician Carla Thomas, herself a convert to Orthodoxy. The Hamilton house is one of four in Noble Park that were restored
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Roger Lee Thomas - Marietta Times
Google News - over 5 years
... Ky. and Mary Lou (Darrell) Wittenkind, Marietta; brothers, Don (Susie) Thomas and Ron (Deb) Thomas, Larry (Cheryl) Thomas and Jerry (Carla) Thomas, all of Newport, Ohio; grandchildren, Hunter Doggett, Sydni Lasure, Camron Earley and Keenan Earley
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Iconic Rock Guitarist Steve Cropper's "DEDICATED"???A Tribute to The 5 Royales ... - Review seeker (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
8, 2011: /PRNewswire/ -- Steve Cropper, the Grammy-nominated, Rock Hall of Fame guitarist who has played with Booker T. and the MG's as well as Otis Redding and Carla Thomas during the Stax era, is set for th
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Confirmed Media Includes NPR Weekend Edition, Wall Street Journal, USA Today ... - Virtual Press Office (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
8, 2011: /PRNewswire/ -- Steve Cropper, the Grammy-nominated, Rock Hall of Fame guitarist who has played with Booker T. and the MG's as well as Otis Redding and Carla Thomas during the Stax era, is set for the release of his 429 Records debut project,
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NASAs Boeing 747 shuttle carriers fly in formation - Seattle Post Intelligencer (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
(Carla Thomas / NASA) NASA's two modified Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft fly in formation over the Edwards Air Force Base test range on Aug. 2, 2011. (Carla Thomas / NASA) NASA's two modified Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft 905 (lower left)
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Classic pop, rock & country music news - Pasadena Star-News
Google News - over 5 years
Booker T. & The MGs were the house band for the famed label, backing up dozens of hits by Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave, Bill Withers, Carla Thomas and Rufus Thomas and many others. The MG's guitarist Steve Cropper and bassist Donald "Duck"
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INDEPENDENCE DAY Kids get a soaking at Roland Park Fourth of July parade - Baltimore Sun
Google News - over 5 years
... where red, white and blue popsicles waited on the steps of the Roland Park Presbyterian Church. Carla Thomas, 11, was one of dozens of kids who collected a popsicle and then got soaked by the spray from the fire hoses. What was the best part?
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NASA bids farewell to 'amazing' relic, the shuttle - Bernama
Google News - over 5 years
REUTERS/NASA/Carla Thomas/Handout/FilesBy Jane Sutton MIAMI, July 1 (Reuters) - When the United States embarked on its shuttle program decades ago, it set out to build a workhorse vehicle that would make space travel routine and beat the Soviets during
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July Events Set For David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center - Broadway World
Google News - over 5 years
Born in Memphis, TN, the daughter of legendary Stax Records singer Rufus Thomas, sister of soul sensation Carla Thomas, Vaneese Thomas has built a stellar musical career of her own with her distinctive brand of sultry vocals, tasteful arrangements and
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Search Past 7 days Archives - Boston Herald (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
The jam will feature an all-star soul band whose members have performed with Percy Sledge, The O'Jays, Wilson Pickett, The Temptations, Carla Thomas, Little Joe Cook, Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes and Clarence Carter. The evening will kick off with
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'A 40-minute neo-soul-gospel-themed jam session' - Tri State Defender
Google News - over 5 years
Thomas – daughter of Stax legend Rufus Thomas and sister of soul sensation Carla Thomas – fielded a few questions last Sunday (June 19) during a Youth Department benefit performance for Middle Baptist Church's, where the Rev. Robert L. Mason is pastor
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Radar for Mars gets flight tests at NASA Dryden - PhysOrg.com
Google News - over 5 years
(NASA / Carla Thomas) Southern California's high desert has been a stand-in for Mars for NASA technology testing many times over the years. So it was again as NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center and Jet Propulsion Laboratory flight-tested the next
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Carla Thomas
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2003
    Age 60
    She was also featured in the 2003 documentary Only the Strong Survive, that was shown at the Cannes Film Festival and showcased important Stax recording artists.
    More Details Hide Details Carla’s biggest influence was her father, Rufus. Besides accompanying him during his 'MC' days at the Palace Theater, Rufus also encouraged and believed in his daughter’s ability. According to Carla, “My dad probably discovered I could sing before I did”. He was also instrumental at setting the stage for her Teen Town Singers gig and for actively pursuing and promoting her breakthrough single, "Gee Whiz". Musically, Thomas was inspired by Jackie Wilson and Brenda Lee. Ref. Note that Billboard did not publish an R&B chart from late 1963 through early 1965.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1993
    Age 50
    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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1971
    Age 28
    After her last Stax recording in 1971, Love Means, and an appearance in Wattstax in 1972, Thomas slipped into relative obscurity when compared to her 1960s musical heyday.
    More Details Hide Details However, she was featured in a number of modern-day projects, notably including a 1994 compilation of her greatest hits, a 2002 live recording of a Memphis performance and the 2007 release Live at the Bohemian Caverns in Washington, D.C., a long lost live recording of Thomas in 1967. She would also occasionally tour during the 1980s and became heavily involved in the “Artists in the Schools” program that provided Memphis schoolchildren with access to successful artists. These workshops were organized to talk to teenagers about music, performing arts and drug abuse.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1961
    Age 18
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The success of the single also propelled Thomas into the spotlight, as she performed on American Bandstand. According to Thomas, “The record was young-sounding, romantic and it expressed what a lot of people wanted to say at that age, but still, I was surprised at how well it did”. Not only did this song provide a launching pad to Thomas' first album, but it also gave Stax Records national exposure and label recognition.
  • 1960
    Age 17
    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 wrote when she was only 15 years old.
    More Details Hide Details The song was released by Rufus and Carla in October 1960, to not much fanfare.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1952
    Age 9
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She was able to sneak into their ranks thanks to the fact that her father Rufus was an on-air personality for the radio station. This opportunity with the Teen Town Singers did not come without its drawbacks though. As a 10-year-old student, Thomas was responsible for not only attending classes and completing her schoolwork, but she also had to attend rehearsals on Wednesdays and Fridays after school and then perform at the station on Saturday. However, despite this grueling schedule, Thomas thoroughly enjoyed the experience. According to her, “It was a lot of fun, it really was.” She remained with the Teen Town Singers up until the end of her senior year. Although Thomas released albums in the 1990s and in the 2000s, she is best known for the work she completed for both Atlantic Records and most notably, Stax Records in the 1960s. Her first record, "'Cause I Love You", was a duet with her father, with brother Marvell on keyboards, that was released by Satellite Records, which eventually became Stax Records. Recorded when Thomas was still attending Hamilton High School in Memphis, the record drew enough local attention to catch the interest of Jerry Wexler of Atlantic Records. He signed a deal with the owners of Satellite Records, Jim Stewart and Estelle Axton, to distribute "Cause I Love You" and thus paved the way for Thomas’ most famous single, "Gee Whiz (Look at His Eyes)".
  • 1942
    Born
    Born on December 21, 1942.
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