Hail From: Memphis, Tenn.
Song: 'Got to Get Back (to My Baby)'
Album: 'Got to Get Back!' [Amazon] [Electraphonic Recordings]
Sounds Like: Otis Redding, Eddie Floyd
About the Band: Soul music lovers and crate diggers eagerly awaited the June 21 release of 'Got To Get Back!' on Electraphonic Recordings from Memphis soul music standard bearers the Bo-Keys, their first in seven years. New converts to the genre via Sharon Jones and others will embrace it upon first listen. Powerhouse guest vocalists join the band, including Stax Records hit-maker William Bell, soul/gospel great Otis Clay, classic Atlantic Records singer Percy Wiggins, and blues legend Charlie Musselwhite, who also blows some of his signature harmonica.
Trumpeter Ben Cauley was the sole survivor of the plane crash that took the lives of Otis Redding and four members of the Bar-Kays, the singer's backing band. Cauley still has nightmares about regaining consciousness in the cold water of the Wisconsin lake where the plane went down. Was he afraid to fly after the accident? "No, no," says the Memphis musician. "Matter of fact, I flew back home after the crash."
After the plane crash, Cauley played for a few years with the reformed Bar-Kays but quit in 1971 to concentrate on raising his family. For years, he worked as a session musician, recording with Hayes, Al Green and many more of the city's greats.
Listen to 'Got to Get Back (to My Baby)'