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The Bar-Kays were originally formed in 1966 as a sextet and their biggest hit was 'Soul Finger'. They looked like they had a healthy career in front of them as a session band & recording outfit before the backbone of the group was killed, along with Otis Redding, in a horrific plane crash. Only Ben Cauley survived the crash and went on to form what could be dubbed Bar-Kays Mark II. James Alexander (Bass) was also one of the original members but was not aboard the plane because of limited seats on Redding's plane. For Alexander and Cauley and new members Michael Toles, Willie Hall, Ronnie Gordon and Harvey Henderson, the track 'Sang & Dance' was one of the first tracks from the new group, cut in late 1969.

PortraitVernon Burch
g, voc, bvoc *1955 US
PortraitWinston Stewart
key, syn
PortraitBen Cauley
tr 1947-2015 US
PortraitLloyd Smith
g *1953 US
PortraitFrank Thompson
PortraitMichael Toles
g US
PortraitWillie Hall
dr, tam *1950 US
PortraitMark Bynum
voc, key
PortraitJames Alexander
b, voc
PortraitMichael Beard
dr, perc
PortraitLarry Dodson
PortraitSherman Guy
voc, perc
PortraitHarvey Henderson
sax, ts, fl
PortraitCharles Allen
tr, voc US
Roy Cunningham
PortraitJimmy King
g 1949-1967 US
PortraitPhalon Jones
sax 1949-1967 US
PortraitRonnie Caldwell
org 1948-1967 US
PortraitCarl Cunningham
dr 1948-1967
Popular Tracks   
Too Hot To Stop '96 on Best Of Bar-Kays by Bar-Kays
If Loving You Is Wrong on Best Of Bar-Kays by Bar-Kays
Friday Night on Best Of Bar-Kays by Bar-Kays
The Way You Shake on United We Funk by Various Artists
Shake Your Rump To The Funk '96 on Best Of Bar-Kays by Bar-Kays
The Slide on Best Of Bar-Kays by Bar-Kays
Everybody Wants That Love on Best Of Bar-Kays by Bar-Kays
Soul Finger '96 on Best Of Bar-Kays by Bar-Kays
I Want You Back on Best Of Bar-Kays by Bar-Kays
Let's Get It On on Best Of Bar-Kays by Bar-Kays

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Band Membership

Title Artist Year Type
As One / Nightcruising / Propositions / DangerousBar-Kays2018Compil.
Do Your ThingIsaac Hayes And Bar-Kays2016Album
Light Of Life & InjoyBar-Kays2013Compil.
Grown Folks EPBar-Kays2012Album
Too Hot To Stop & Flying High On Your LoveBar-Kays2010Compil.
Melting Pot / Soul FingerBooker T & The MG's, Bar-Kays2007Album
House PartyBar-Kays2007Album
The Best Of Bar-KaysBar-Kays2005Compil.
Back2BackKool & The Gang & Bar-Kays2004Compil.
The Real ThingBar-Kays2003Album
Shaft / Son Of ShaftIsaac Hayes / Bar-Kays2002Album
Club Classics 13Delegation / Bar-Kays / Sylvester / Spargo2001Album
Funky Collector Part 12Cameo / Bar-Kays2001Album
Greatest Hits - Too Hot To StopBar-Kays2000Compil.
The Ballads CollectionBar-Kays1998Compil.
Hey Rufus! / Body FineRufus Thomas / Bar-Kays1998Single
Greatest HitsBar-Kays1998Compil.
Best OfBar-Kays1996Compil.
The Best Of Bar-Kays Volume 2Bar-Kays1996Compil.
The SlideBar-Kays1995Album
48 HoursBar-Kays1994Album
Old School Mega-Mix / Out Of My MindBar-Kays1994Album
Put A Little Nasty On ItBar-Kays1993Album
The Best Of Bar-KaysBar-Kays1993Compil.
Doing It To Death / SexomaticFred Wesley & The JB's / Bar-Kays1991Album
Gotta Groove / Black RockBar-Kays1990Compil.
Sexomatic / Shake Your Rump To The FunkBar-Kays1990Album
Animal / Time OutBar-Kays1989Album
Single Life (Extended Remix) / Your Place Or MineCameo / Bar-Kays1989Album
Green Onions / SoulfingerBooker T & The MG's / Bar-Kays1989Single
The Best Of The Bar-KaysBar-Kays1988Compil.
Struck By YouBar-Kays1988Album
The Best Of Bar-KaysBar-Kays1988Compil.
Holy Ghost / You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)Bar-Kays / Sylvester1987Album
Say It Through LoveBar-Kays1987Compil.
Certified TrueBar-Kays1987Single
Don't Hang UpBar-Kays1987Single
Banging The WallsBar-Kays1985Album
Your Place Or MineBar-Kays1985Album
Banging The WallBar-Kays1985Album
Freakshow On The Dance FloorBar-Kays1984Single
Dirty DancerBar-Kays1984Single
ForeverCon Funk Shun, Ray, Goodman & Brown, Bar-Kays1984Compil.
Freakshow On The Dance FloorBar-Kays1984Album
She Talks To Me With Her Body (Re-mix)Bar-Kays1983Album
She Talks To Me With Her BodyBar-Kays1982Single
She Talks To Me With Her Body / AnticipationBar-Kays1982Single
Do It (Let Me See You Shake)Bar-Kays1982Album
Hit And Run / Say It Through LoveBar-Kays1981Single
Traffic JammerBar-Kays1981Album
Budweiser Concert Of The MonthWar / Bar-Kays1981Album
Soul Finger / Last NightBar-Kays / The Mar-Keys1981Single
Freaky BehaviorBar-Kays1981Album
Work It Out = TrabájaloBar-Kays1981Single
Boogie Body Land / Running In And Out Of My LifeBar-Kays1980Single
Body FeverBar-Kays1980Album
As OneBar-Kays1980Album
See Saw / Mercy, Mercy / Last Night / Soul FingerDon Covay / The Mar-Keys / Bar-Kays1980Single
Take The Time To Love SomebodyBar-Kays1980Single
Move Your Boogie BodyBar-Kays1979Single
Today Is The DayBar-Kays1979Single
Get Up'N Do It / Give It UpBar-Kays1979Single
I'll DanceBar-Kays1978Single
Shut The Funk UpBar-Kays1978Single
Money TalksBar-Kays1978Album
Holy Ghost / MonsterBar-Kays1978Album
Light Of LifeBar-Kays1978Album
Let's Have Some Fun / CozyBar-Kays1977Single
Flying High On Your LoveBar-Kays1977Single
Attitudes / Can't Keep My Hands Off Of YouBar-Kays1977Single
Flying High On Your LoveBar-Kays1977Album
Son Of Shaft / SugarcaneBar-Kays / The M.G.'s1977Single
Shake Your Rump To The FunkBar-Kays1976Single
Too Hot To Stop (Pt. I)Bar-Kays1976Album
Too Hot To StopBar-Kays1976Album
You're So Sexy / SpellboundBar-Kays1976Single
Tramp / Soul FingerOtis Redding & Carla Thomas / Bar-Kays1973Single
Dance, Dance, DanceBar-Kays1972Single
Do You See What I See?Bar-Kays1972Album
Memphis At SunriseBar-Kays1972Single
You're The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me / You're Still My BrotherBar-Kays1972Single
It Ain't Easy / God Is WatchingBar-Kays1972Single
Black RockBar-Kays1971Album
Son Of Shaft / Sang And DanceBar-Kays1971Single
Dance To The Music / Montego BayBar-Kays1971Single
You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'Isaac Hayes With Bar-Kays, The Memphis Horns And The Memphis Symphony1971Single
Humpin' / Montego BayBar-Kays1970Single
Sang And Dance / I Thank YouBar-Kays1970Single
Don't Stop Dancing (To The Music)Bar-Kays1969Single
Copy Kat / In The HoleBar-Kays1969Single
Gotta GrooveBar-Kays1969Album
Midnight Cowboy / A.J. The House FlyBar-Kays1969Single
Soul Finger / Give Everybody SomeBar-Kays1969Single
No Puedes Sentarte / Bar-Kays BoogalooBar-Kays1968Single
A Hard Day's Night / I Want SomeoneBar-Kays1968Single
Give Everybody Some / Don't Do ThatBar-Kays1967Single
Hole In The Wall / You Can't Sit DownBar-Kays1967Single
Soul Finger / KnuckleheadBar-Kays1967Single
Soul FingerBar-Kays1967Album
Feels Like I'm Falling In LoveBar-KaysSingle
What Goes N Da Club Stays N Da ClubBar-Kays Featuring E-DubbAlbum
Tell Me Sumthin GoodBar-KaysSingle
Soul Finger / Bar Kays Boogaloo / You Can't Sit Down / Pearl HighBar-KaysSingle
Tramp / Soul FingerOtis Redding & Carla Thomas / Bar-KaysSingle
Montego BayBar-KaysSingle
Run AwayBar-Kays / Rae & ChristianAlbum
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