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CARLA THOMAS
Singer, born 21 December 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee.

Nicknamed "The Queen Of Memphis Soul", she was a recording artist for the legendary [l=Stax label in the 1960s and early 1970s. She's probably best known for the hits Gee Whiz (1961), B-A-B-Y (1966) and Tramp, her 1967 duet with Otis Redding.

Carla Thomas is the daughter of Rufus Thomas and the sister of Vaneese Thomas and Marvell Thomas.
 
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Carla Thomas 2002 Liner Notes
In the context of soul music history, Carla Thomas' "Gee Whiz (Look At His Eyes)" was much more than just a massive hit record in the early months of 1961. Not only did it launch the singer's career but it literally started a journey for a fledgling small independent Memphis-based record label that would ultimately make an indelible mark on the world of contemporary music. For, what started out as ‘a little poem' written about the natural feelings of a love-lorn teen, ended up giving Stax Record...
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