Dude talk about the JB's, Parliament/Funkadelic, the Meters, Sly...all dem. But mentioning the Bar-Kays immediately puts you in the funkiest of circles, I'm convinced. Did lunch with Babu from the Dilated Peoples who was in town for our convention and we spoke briefly of the Bar-Kays after he mixed "Humpin'" into his set. From that conversation, I've begun immersing myself in their music and I gotta tell ya, these dudes were ill.
Tragedy struck the young band back in 1967 when, on their way to backing Otis Redding at a Wisconsin show, their plane crashed into Lake Monona killing Redding, four members of the Bar-Kays and managers. The only survivor was trumpeter Ben Cauley who would march on to reform the band with bassist James Alexander. They would later be the backing band for Isaac Hayes' seminal Hot Buttered Soul.
I'm up on a Friday morning talking about the Bar-Kays. What are you listening to?
C'mon, kid, you're col slippin'. You need to do the knowledge, homie.