In 1967 the newly formed Bar-Kays were signed to Volt, a subsidiary of Stax Records, where they quicky were groomed into the labels house band supporting artists such as Otis Redding and Sam & Dave. Later that year the The Bar-Kays released their first single Soul Finger, which set up the bands debut album. Otis Redding chose The Bar-Kays to back him on tour, and in December 1967 a plane carrying Redding and the band crashed in Wisconsin killing everyone onboard except for the trumpeter Ben Cauley - who survived. The band's bassist James Alexander had not been able to fit on the seven-passanger plane, and in 1968 the band's influential manager Allen Jones re-formed the band with Alexander, Cauley and a new line-up. Cauley left the often touring band in 1971 so he could take care for his young daughters at home, and the band went on to produce dozens of charting singles such as Shine, off their 1979 album Light Of Life.
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