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Carla Thomas

In the glorious decade and a half of sound that was Stax in the '60s and early '70s, Carla Thomas was the Queen of Memphis Soul. She was born in Memphis in 1942, and 18 years later she recorded a duet with her father Rufus Thomas, giving the fledgling Satellite label its first taste of success with the regional hit "Cause I Love You." As her 18th birthday drew nigh, she cut her first solo single, the teen ballad "Gee Whiz (Look at His Eyes)." Written a few years earlier and rejected by Vee-Jay in Chicago, it gave Satellite its first national hit, breaking the Top Ten mark on both the R&B and pop charts. Shortly thereafter Satellite became Stax, and Carla proceeded to claw her way onto the national charts another 22 times with such immortal slices of soul as her answer song to Sam Cooke, "I'll Bring It on Home to You," as well as "Let Me Be Good to You," "B-A-B-Y," "Tramp" (with Otis Redding), and "I Like What You're Doing to Me." Carla released six solo albums and, with Redding, one duet album on Stax between 1961 and 1971. In 2007 a live album she recorded for Stax at Washington's famed Bohemian Caverns back in 1967 was released in its entirety, including an impromtu cameo set from her father, Rufus Thomas. ~ Rob Bowman
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Sativah

1. Getting Paid

2. Earth Strong

3. News Night

4. Third Eye

5. Protocol

6. Yes Fam

7. Just Try

8. My Life

9. Happiness Is Changing

10. Alright

11. Happen Of Late

12. Touch Me

13. Your My Sativah

14. Your My Sativah (Live)

15. Touch Me (Live)

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Track List: Live: 1989 Memphis Music & Heritage Festival

1. Let Me Be Good To You (Live)

2. Medley: Stand By Me/Chain Gang/Don't Know Much About History/The Happy Song (Live)

3. Neither One Of Us (Live)

4. The Birth Of The Blues (Live)

5. Little Red Rooster (Live)

6. Gee Whiz (Live)

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Track List: Dance With Me (Succès De Légendes) (Remastered)

1. For You

2. The Love We Shared

4. Dance With Me

5. A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening

6. Your Love Indeed

7. Fools Fall In Love

8. To The Aisle

9. The Masquerade Is Over

10. A Love Of My Own

11. Promises

12. It Ain't Me

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Track List: The Queen Alone

1. Any Day Now

2. Stop Thief

3. I Take It To My Baby

4. I Want To Be Your Baby

5. Something Good (Is Going To Happen To You)

6. When Tomorrow Comes

7. I'll Always Have Faith In You

8. All I See Is You

9. Unchanging Love

10. Give Me Enough (To Keep Me Going)

11. Lie To Keep Me From Crying

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Track List: Gee Whiz

1. Gee Whiz, Look At His Eyes

2. Dance With Me

3. A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening

4. Your Love

5. Fools Fall In Love

6. To The Aisle

7. The Masquerade Is Over

8. A Love Of My Own

9. Promises

10. It Ain't Me

11. For You

12. The Love We Shared

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Track List: Carla Thomas - Stax Profiles

1. I've Got No Time To Lose

2. Give Me Enough (To Keep Me Going)

3. Gee Whiz (Look At His Eyes)

4. A Love Of My Own

5. Promises

6. My Man Believes In Me

7. What Is Love

8. You'll Lose A Good Thing

9. (Your Love Is A) Life Saver

10. I Play For Keeps

11. I Like What You're Doing (To Me)

12. Don't Say No More

13. I've Fallen In Love With You

14. Sugar

15. Precious Memories

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Track List: Comfort Me

1. Comfort Me

2. I've Got No Time To Lose

3. Yes, I'm Ready

4. Lover's Concerto

5. I'm For You

6. What The World Needs Now

7. Let It Be Me

8. A Woman's Love

9. Will You Love Me Tomorrow

10. Forever

11. Move On Drifter

12. Another Night Without My Man

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Track List: Rhino Hi-Five: Carla Thomas

1. Gee Whiz, Look At His Eyes

2. I'll Bring It Home To You

3. I've Got No Time To Lose

4. B-A-B-Y

5. Tramp (Feat. Otis Reading)

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Track List: Stop Look What You Are Doing

1. Stop! Look What You're Doing

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Track List: Carla (Mono Version)

1. B-A-B-Y

2. Red Rooster

3. Let Me Be Good To You

4. I Got You Boy

5. Medley: Baby What You Want Me To Do / For Your Love

6. What Have You Got To Offer Me

7. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

8. I Fall To Pieces

9. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me

10. Fate

11. Looking Back

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Track List: Carla

1. B-A-B-Y (Single)

2. Red Rooster

3. Let Me Be Good To You

4. I Got You Boy

5. Medley: Baby What You Want Me To Do / For Your Love

6. What Have You Got To Offer Me

7. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

8. I Fall To Pieces

9. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me

10. Fate

11. Looking Back

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Xox
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When your Young,you don't realize how great some of these singer are this lady was great
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There Blue
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This song will haunt me forever
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Great singer of soul n R&B
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Wow great song
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This is when music was truly music. Love the oldies but goodies.
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I think she was singing this song to me Lol
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Gee Wiz...Carla Thomas is one sweet soulful talent.
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Her best .GREAT.
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Could you please play gee whiz by Carla thomas.
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I have loved her music since I was 16 now 1m 69 love her
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I love this song "Gee Whiz" I dedicated it to my boyfriend when he passed away July 2014!!!!
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love her song gee whiz.did not know her other songs.
very talented, and very beautiful.
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Great Singer!
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Great somg
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Love her voice.
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christine_do m i n g u e z
That's for the fine o g z
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Gee Whiz was our house party jam. If you can remember, the good old days when house parties were top! Today's kids don't know anything about this; now they have drug parties. What a waste:::::RQ / r l h
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Family,Carla We Love You H-Town
Your still mending broken Hearts
"Any Day Now"Lo-Rolla z z z to Galveston
Memories Never Fade*978*4m1 4 y ~
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Carla was one super singer as well as a fantastic songwriter.R . I . P . C a r l a

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Gee Whiz gives me goosebumps every time I hear it…..has always been a favorite….si m p l e r times & great memories ;)
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Down to earth music.
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ashley_rober t a
WAKE UP AND LIVE YOUR GOOD LIFE
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Cheese Whiz
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Now this is some really good music...
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Bad a** singer love her style
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Love love love this song!
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love this song
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she is one of my gfav
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She has a great set of luv'songs!!!
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can i give a shout out to carla with a pooch for the measure, good type on the measure, son of a b**ches
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jrnbo
TO BE THAT YOUNG AND FREE AGAIN, STILL LOVE THAT 60'S MUSIC
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I THINK THE BEST THING YOU CAN SAY ABOUT THIS BEAUTIFUL BALLARD IS "GEE WHIZ"
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She is one of great woman,of all times.
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ckevans6
i have found things that i thought i never had when listing too her
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she's one of a kind.......
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SHE'S A BAD LADY !
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Love this song.
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Iam from Guyana, South America and I came up in 60s. I dance to songs like How do you and a boy name Tom Carla is and was all times favorite of all Guyanese.
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skw_doc
Often overlooked.. n e v e r forgotten... m y secret love since 1962. Here's a kiss for Sexy Carla.... well, at least my granny was black. That makes it just OK.
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sjtucker001
she is simply great!!
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sadconquors
Geez whiz right alongside of the single women singers of that era. Love Carla's unique voice.
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CARLA THOMAS----'' Y E S ' ' I REMEMBER MY FIRST HEARTBREAT AND THERE WAS CARLA SINGING NO TIME TO LOOSE. OF COURSE I SHE HELP ME TO TELL THE LOOSER I HAD NO TIME TO LOOSE, HIT THE ROAD JACK.

THANKS CARLA YOU WERE ONE OF THE GREAT SINGERS THAT PAVE MY CHILDHOOD WITH MEMORIES.HOP E YOU'RE STILL STIRRING GOOD MEMORIES SOMEWHERE.
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I never get tired of litening to Carlas music,just wish I could down load all the greatest hits
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l just love carla thomas music
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I love this song just as much as I did in 1960 and 1961.
It was a time of innocence.
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The lady's definitely got some kinda wonderful soul. I dig it!
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courtnea8
I went to school with Carla Thomas. She made my day with "Gee Whiz" Would U find "Gee Whiz, look at his eyes, Gee whiz how they hypmotize" Gee whiz, please play it on Carla Thomas Station. Thanks, Courtnea
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Love her...ole Rufus' daughter blends in fantasticall y with everything you've been playing for me this morning. Thank you good people. I was 'there' in the center of the School Gym floor in my socks back when all this 'Real and Fine' music was freshly spun on-to the good-ole-day s 45's. I love your (now mine!) wonderful Pandora music. Please don't stop. Once again, Thank you.

Raymond Morgan
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