Monday, September 10, 2007

Forget Spears, Gimme Carla Thomas

All the ink spilled and binary digits devoted to the dismal performance of a mediocre performer, which I detailed in my previous post, brought to mind a real singer, a stellar performer, a Tennessee girl who has become a national treasure. So some selections from the iconic Carla Thomas to close out this Monday.

She cut her first record at age 17 in Memphis, and in 1961 she recorded the hit "Gee Whiz", a simple love song with tremendous power. And she still can belt it out with astonishing style and talent - as evidence, this performance from 1989 on Dave Sanborn's "Night Music" TV show.

You can also listen to an early classic penned by Isaac Hayes, "B-A-B-Y" at this link.

After 40 plus years, a remarkable singer and award-winning career. In 40 more years, her work will still stand far above and away from all memory of this current pop star.


  1. Not to mention her wonderful duet with Otis on 'Tramp'..I never get tired of that song (or any of the ones you mention). She and her dad are icons.

  2. I love "Tramp" - it's so funny to hear her rag on Otis. And she clocked more than forty Top 40 singles from 1961 to 1970. A bona fide sensation.