Stax Records legends the Bar-Kays held a press conference on Thursday at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, located at the original site of Stax Records, where their career began in 1964 as they were being groomed to be Stax Records' second house band and Otis Redding's touring band.
Unfortunately, when the plane carrying Redding and most of the Bar-Kays crashed in Wisconsin on December 10, 1967, all but two of the band members were kiilled, with only Ben Cauley and James Alexander surviving. But the music didn't stop. Alexander re-formed the band, bringing on Larry Dodson as the first lead singer for the formerly only instrumental group. The rest, as they say, is history. Today, Cauley performs with a Memphis-based group named the Bo-Keys, and the rest of the Bar-Kays are still going strong.
One of the main announcements of the press event is that the Bar-Kays will spend the remainder of the year working and raising money for non-profit organisations close to their hearts, including the Stax Music Academy.
So congratulations guys! What other band has for FIVE DECADES remained moving forward at all times, giving the world its own unique brand of FAMILY, PHILANTHROPY, AND FUNK!!!!!!
Stax Museum of American Soul Music
THE BAR-KAYS FIRST MAJOR CONCERT OF THIS ANNIVERSARY IS RIGHT HERE IN MEMPHIS ON APRIL 4TH AT MINGLEWOOD HALL!