#84 – Injoy by The Bar-Kays

I’ve been listening to The Bar-Kays’ early work for many years without really knowing much about them.  Just tonight, I learned about the tragedy that befell four of their founding members.  Only about six months after their biggest single to date, “Soul Finger,” was released, a plane carrying Otis Redding and about half of The Bar-Kays went down in Wisconsin.  Trumpet player Ben Cauley was the only survivor.  The remaining members reformed and continued on with a successful funk career.  Injoy was released about 12 years later and though it certainly features more polished recordings than the part of the catalog that I am familiar with, the funk roots shine through quite clearly.  It’s a remarkable feat to continue to be successful as a musician after the sudden loss of most of the driving creative forces in the band, but The Bar-Kays pulled it off.     

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