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 Tracks


Bar-Kays Soul Finger (Album) Volt South Africa 1967 Sell This Version
Bar-Kays Gotta Groove (Album) Volt France 1969 Sell This Version
Bar-Kays Black Rock (Album) Volt US 1971 Sell This Version
The Bar-Kays* Do You See What I See? (Album) Volt US 1972 Sell This Version
The Bar-Kays* Coldblooded (Album) Volt US 1974 Sell This Version
Bar-Kays Too Hot To Stop (Album) Mercury US 1976 Sell This Version
Bar-Kays Flying High On Your Love (Album) Mercury South Africa 1977 Sell This Version
Bar-Kays Light Of Life (Album) Mercury US 1978 Sell This Version
Bar-Kays Money Talks (Album) Stax Germany 1978 Sell This Version
Bar-Kays Injoy (Album) Mercury US 1979 Sell This Version
Bar-Kays As One (Album) Mercury US 1980 Sell This Version
Bar-Kays Nightcruising (Album) Mercury Brazil 1981 Sell This Version
BC-81-3 War / Bar-Kays War / Bar-Kays - Budweiser Concert Of The Month(LP, Transcription) Westwood One BC-81-3 US 1981 Sell This Version
Bar-Kays Propositions (Album) Mercury, Mercury Netherlands 1982 Sell This Version
Bar-Kays Dangerous (Album) Mercury, Mercury Jamaica 1984 Sell This Version
Bar-Kays Banging The Wall (Album) Mercury, Mercury US 1985 Sell This Version
Bar-Kays Contagious (Album) Mercury, Mercury US 1987 Sell This Version
Bar-Kays Animal (Album) Mercury Australia 1989 Sell This Version
BXCD 9308 Barkays* 48 Hours(CD, Album) Basix Music BXCD 9308 US 1994 Sell This Version
74017-2 Bar-Kays The Real Thing(CD, Album) JEA Music 74017-2 US 2003 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
314 514 823-4 Bar-Kays The Best Of Bar-Kays(Cass, Album) Chronicles 314 514 823-4 US Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

The Bar-Kays* Give Everybody Some / Don't Do That (Single) Volt UK 1967 Sell This Version
The Bar-Kays* Soul Finger / Knucklehead (Single) Volt UK 1967 Sell This Version
ATT 391 Bar-Kays Hole In The Wall/You Can't Sit Down(7", Single, 3 P) Atlantic ATT 391 1967 Sell This Version

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September 24, 2015
edited over 2 years 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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