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.


Bar-Kays - Soul Finger album art Bar-Kays Soul Finger (Album) Volt, Volt, Volt South Africa 1967 Sell This Version
Bar-Kays - Gotta Groove album art Bar-Kays Gotta Groove (Album) Volt France 1969 Sell This Version
Bar-Kays - Black Rock album art Bar-Kays Black Rock (Album) Volt US 1971 Sell This Version
Bar-Kays - Do You See What I See? album art The Bar-Kays* Do You See What I See? (Album) Volt France 1972 Sell This Version
Bar-Kays - Cold Blooded album art The Bar-Kays* Cold Blooded (Album) Volt US 1974 Sell This Version
Bar-Kays - Too Hot To Stop album art Bar-Kays Too Hot To Stop (Album) Mercury Brazil 1976 Sell This Version
MC 8 -1-1099 Bar-Kays - Too Hot To Stop album art Bar-Kays Too Hot To Stop(8-Trk) Mercury MC 8 -1-1099 US 1976 Sell This Version
Bar-Kays - Flying High On Your Love album art Bar-Kays Flying High On Your Love (Album) Mercury US 1977 Sell This Version
Bar-Kays - Light Of Life album art Bar-Kays Light Of Life (Album) Mercury US 1978 Sell This Version
Bar-Kays - Money Talks album art Bar-Kays Money Talks (Album) Stax Germany 1978 Sell This Version
Bar-Kays - Injoy album art Bar-Kays Injoy (Album) Mercury, Mercury US 1979 Sell This Version
Bar-Kays - As One album art Bar-Kays As One (Album) Mercury US 1980 Sell This Version
Bar-Kays - Nightcruising album art Bar-Kays Nightcruising (Album) Mercury US 1981 Sell This Version
BC-81-3 Bar-Kays - Budweiser Concert Of The Month album art 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 art Bar-Kays Propositions (Album) Mercury, Mercury Jamaica 1982 Sell This Version
Bar-Kays - Dangerous album art Bar-Kays Dangerous (Album) Mercury, Mercury Japan 1984 Sell This Version
Bar-Kays - Banging The Wall album art Bar-Kays Banging The Wall (Album) Mercury, Mercury US 1985 Sell This Version
BC 86-06 Bar-Kays - Budweiser Concert Hour album art Bar-Kays Budweiser Concert Hour(LP, Transcription) Westwood One BC 86-06 USA & Canada 1986 Sell This Version
Bar-Kays - Contagious album art Bar-Kays Contagious (Album) Mercury, Mercury US 1987 Sell This Version
Bar-Kays - Animal album art Bar-Kays Animal (Album) Mercury, Mercury Europe 1989 Sell This Version
BXCD 9308 Bar-Kays - 48 Hours album art Barkays* 48 Hours(CD, Album) Basix Music BXCD 9308 US 1994 Sell This Version
74017-2 Bar-Kays - The Real Thing album art Bar-Kays The Real Thing(CD, Album) JEA Music 74017-2 US 2003 Sell This Version
IMRCD 4000 Bar-Kays - House Party album art Bar-Kays House Party(CD, Album) IM Records (2), Right Now Records, KOCH Entertainment IMRCD 4000 US 2007 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Bar-Kays - Soul Finger / Knucklehead album art The Bar-Kays* Soul Finger / Knucklehead (Single) Volt UK 1967 Sell This Version
Bar-Kays - Give Everybody Some / Don't Do That album art The Bar-Kays* Give Everybody Some / Don't Do That (Single) Volt US 1967 Sell This Version

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May 24, 2020
Larry Dobson and the Bar-Kays bless y'all for the hard you put into the game you still have true fans thank you


September 24, 2015
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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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