Otis Redding and Carla Thomas, 'King and Queen'
The epitome of raw soul, Otis Redding made
better albums than any
other R&B artist of the Sixties. Carla Thomas was daughter to Rufus Thomas
of "Funky Chicken" fame, with the teen novelty "Gee Whiz"
and graduate school in English behind her. Together whenever conflicting
schedules didn't compel Carla to overdub, the sparrow and the bear chuckled and
moaned through the greatest duet album this
side of Ella and Louis. In addition to reconceiving Clovers and Sam Cooke oldies
and a bunch of current soul hits, they turned "Tramp" into their own
classic and "Knock on Wood" into everybody's.