Born in 1942 in Memphis, Carla Thomas was at Stax from the
beginning to the end, earning the crown of "Memphis Queen".
After a first hit duet with her father Rufus (Cause I Love
You) in a studio where the paint was still wet, she was
borrowed by Atlantic for several years before joining the actual
The duet with her father was released when she was in high
school in Memphis. The record paved the way for Carla’s first
and most famous solo single, .
Carla wrote this iconic song when she was only 15-years-old. She
was in her first year at Tennessee A&I University by the time it
was recorded and released. The single reached the Top 5 (R&B)
and Top 10 (pop) in 1961.
Carla recorded 6 albums for Stax between 1961 and
1971, including the 1967 Otis Redding collaboration,
King and Queen, and generated a number of charting
singles, such as the 1966 hit, B-A-B-Y.
This album was recorded live at a 2,000 year-old Roman
amphitheatre in Vienne, France during Carla’s 2003 European
tour. The opening track is an instrumental featuring her band:
Bobby Manuel (guitar), Steve Potts (drums), Jimmy Kinard (bass),
Paul Taylor (piano), Marvell Thomas (organ), Jim Spake (sax),
Scott Thompson (trumpet) and Jackie Thomas (Trombone).
Opening acts on the bill included Memphis gospel turned-soul
dynamo Jackie Johnson (tracks 2 and 3)
and Ellis Hooks, a dynamite soul showman originally
from Alabama (tracks 4 and 5).