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 involved with the band at the time of the crash. Along with 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.

Bar-Kays Discography


VOLT 417 Bar-Kays Soul Finger (Album) Volt VOLT 417 US 1965 Sell This Version
523 001 Bar-Kays Gotta Groove (Album) Volt 523 001 France 1969 Sell This Version
VOM 6011 Bar-Kays Black Rock (Album) Volt VOM 6011 US 1971 Sell This Version
VOS-8001 Bar-Kays, The* Do You See What I See? (Album) Volt VOS-8001 US 1972 Sell This Version
VOS-9504 Bar-Kays, The* Coldblooded (Album) Volt VOS-9504 US 1974 Sell This Version
SRM-1-1099 Bar-Kays Too Hot To Stop (Album) Mercury SRM-1-1099 US 1976 Sell This Version
6338 827 Bar-Kays Flying High On Your Love (Album) Mercury 6338 827 Australia 1977 Sell This Version
SRM-1-3732 Bar-Kays Light Of Life (Album) Mercury SRM-1-3732 US 1978 Sell This Version
STX 88036 Bar-Kays Money Talks (Album) Stax STX 88036 Germany 1978 Sell This Version
SRM-1-3781 Bar-Kays Injoy (Album) Mercury SRM-1-3781 US 1979 Sell This Version
SRM-1-3844 Bar-Kays As One (Album) Mercury SRM-1-3844 US 1980 Sell This Version
6337 198 Bar-Kays Nightcruising (Album) Mercury 6337 198 Brazil 1981 Sell This Version
SRM-1-4028 Bar-Kays Nightcruising(LP, Album) Mercury SRM-1-4028 US 1981 Sell This Version
6337 257 Bar-Kays Propositions (Album) Mercury, Mercury 6337 257 Netherlands 1982 Sell This Version
818 478 1, 818 478-1 M-1 Bar-Kays Dangerous (Album) Mercury, Mercury 818 478 1, 818 478-1 M-1 Jamaica 1984 Sell This Version
824 727-4 M-1 Bar-Kays Banging The Wall (Album) Mercury 824 727-4 M-1 US 1985 Sell This Version
830 305-1 Bar-Kays Contagious (Album) Mercury, Mercury 830 305-1 Europe 1987 Sell This Version
836 774-1 Bar-Kays Animal (Album) Mercury, Mercury 836 774-1 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
BXCD 9308 Barkays* 48 Hours(CD, Album) Basix Music BXCD 9308 US 1994 Sell This Version
IMRCD 4000 Bar-Kays House Party(CD, Album) I M Records, Right Now Records, KOCH Entertainment IMRCD 4000 US 2007 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

45-154 The Bar-Kays* Give Everybody Some / Don't Do That (Single) Volt 45-154 US 1967 Sell This Version
601014 The Bar-Kays* Soul Finger / Knucklehead (Single) Volt 601014 UK 1967 Sell This Version
169.030 Bar-Kays, The* I Want Someone / A Hard Day's Night (Single) Volt 169.030 France 1968 Sell This Version
H 312 Bar-Kays No Puedes Sentarte / Bar-Kays Boogaloo(7", Single) Atlantic, Hispavox H 312 Spain 1968 Sell This Version
ATL-NP 03051 Bar-Kays Soul Finger / Give Everybody Some Atlantic ATL-NP 03051 Italy 1968 Sell This Version

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September 24, 2015
edited 10 months ago
If you like Prince, Funkadelic/Parliament, The Ohio Players, Rick James, Newcleus, Jonzun Crew, The Egyptian Lover, ANYONE with an ounce of funk in their bones- don't miss the Bar- Kays. Call it luck, call it quality- these mother f**ers suffer from habitual genius. Tragically loosing four of the original line up in the same plane crash that also took the life of Otis Redding, the band reformed mid 70's & casually knocked out hit after hit. Be it late 60's heavy psychedelic rock, 70's funk or 80's electro boogie, the production was tight as a gnat's chuff all the way.


November 3, 2014
I love me some Bar Kays!


October 5, 2013
Decades of FUNK!
Check out the Bar Kays on my latest mix right here


August 30, 2013
also released 'Memphis At Sunrise' 45 on Volt VOA-4081 (US '72).

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