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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, Rovi
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Love her voice.
christine_do m i n g u e z
That's for the fine o g z
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
Uuuuh....... . . . . . . . w h a t ? ? ? =-O
Our beloved Carla Thomas is still with us, last time I checked, rstone908... . . . . . . d a n g , that almost gave me an infarction!! ! I met Ms. Thomas several years ago, & she was
kind & gracious to this humble fan. Her father Rufus was a sweetheart, too!!! Sadly, he's been gone for a while, now. I still miss him......... . . . . : - ) :'(:-)
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 ~
Carla was one super singer as well as a fantastic songwriter.R . I . P . C a r l a

Gee Whiz gives me goosebumps every time I hear it…..has always been a favorite….si m p l e r times & great memories ;)
Down to earth music.
ashley_rober t a
WAKE UP AND LIVE YOUR GOOD LIFE
Cheese Whiz
Now this is some really good music...
Bad a** singer love her style
Love love love this song!
love this song
she is one of my gfav
She has a great set of luv'songs!!!
can i give a shout out to carla with a pooch for the measure, good type on the measure, son of a b**ches
jrnbo
TO BE THAT YOUNG AND FREE AGAIN, STILL LOVE THAT 60'S MUSIC
I THINK THE BEST THING YOU CAN SAY ABOUT THIS BEAUTIFUL BALLARD IS "GEE WHIZ"
She is one of great woman,of all times.
ckevans6
i have found things that i thought i never had when listing too her
she's one of a kind.......
SHE'S A BAD LADY !
Love this song.
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.
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.
sjtucker001
she is simply great!!
sadconquors
Geez whiz right alongside of the single women singers of that era. Love Carla's unique voice.
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.
I never get tired of litening to Carlas music,just wish I could down load all the greatest hits
l just love carla thomas music
I love this song just as much as I did in 1960 and 1961.
It was a time of innocence.
The lady's definitely got some kinda wonderful soul. I dig it!
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
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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