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Ms. Mavis Staples:Stax Princess!

Be sure to join us at the Stax Museum tomorrow for a book signing for the new bio out on Mavis Staples and the Staple Singers! Author Greg Kot will be with us f…rom 2 – 5 pm. More details at link below!

Otis & Carla: Secret Lovers?


According to sources –  during their hay-day as singers the Queen of Memphis soul (Carla Thomas) and Otis Redding were.. quite close for comfort. Sources exclusively spoke to Daily News:

I witnessed Carla & Otis together more than they should’ve been during the times they performed. In studio, out of studio, you name it, they were always together. Carla had a child in her younger days, but never made it public information because it had actually belonged to Otis Redding.  Redding & Thomas had an affair in the beginning, but ended when it became rather hot and people were beginning to ask questions. His wife Velma, eventually after his death severed ties with Thomas because of it.

The source went on to explain that,

Otis cheated on Velma so many  times during the beginning of their marriage before he died. He was having sex with numerous white women while out on the road, some underage girls.  He’d treat the white women so bad, because of the difference in their skin color; it was sickening.  One of his former band members, Mack, had threatened to go to the police if he hadn’t stopped beating on the women he had slept with which resulted in the two arguing over money, who did what, and who was in control.

Isaac Hayes:Rest In Paradise


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Otis Redding: At The White House

OtisReddingMemphis Soul | PBS, tonight, 8 ET/PT

The latest installment of In Performance at the White House, taped April 9 and hosted by the president, takes old-timers and music lovers back to the days of Sam & Dave and Otis Redding with a tribute to ’60s Memphis soul and the Stax/Volt beat.

Booker T. Jones and Steve Cropper lead the backup band, as Justin Timberlake, Ben Harper, Mavis Staples, Sam Moore with American Idol’s Joshua Ledet, Queen Latifah, Alabama Shakes and others re-create a singular moment in music history.

Justin Timberlake, Mavis Staples, and other perform LIVE at White House right now

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