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And The Band Plays On

The Life Story of
Larry Dodson of The Bar-Kays


Larry Dodson

Edited by Shelia E. Bell

Cover designed by Collin Johnson controlaltdesigns.com

Cover photo by Mike Kerr

2017 © Larry Dodson And the Band Plays On

The Life Story of Larry Dodson of The Bar-Kays

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Congratulatory Remarks

“Forty-seven years and 29 albums later…Man!!!! We have had a hell of a ride and still going strong. Our relationship is golden. As you often say, “Every man’s journey is different.” Here’s wishing you the very best on your new journey.” James Alexander, Founder and original leader of The Bar-Kays

“From the first time that I interacted ‘spiritually’ with Larry Dodson I saw, heard, and felt him as the “beginning” of the transition of The Bar-Kays from being an instrumental group to having and creating a new innovative vocal identity with Larry as this authentic, one–of–a–kind unique vocalist and rare performing artist! As I would meet and communicate with Larry, I knew there was something profoundly special about him (Not another one like the other one!)! Even though over the years we never had a chance to spend a lot of “one-on-one” time together, the times we shared were always good times (pleasurable and honorable) filled with intelligence and understanding. Larry possessed integrity – the inner source and being of The Bar-Kays. I knew this about them from their beginning. But I will ALWAYS remember Larry Dodson as a profoundly creative artistic rarity that elevated The Bar-Kays into the class of Phenomenal Artistic Entertainment Performers!!! He is an eternally highlighted part of the existence of the Stax and Memphis Sound. I am proud, humbled, and thankful to call Larry Dodson My Dear, Precious Friend.” Very Respectfully, Al Bell, CEO Al Bell Presents and Former President of Stax Records

“What many artists and fans today may not realize is that Larry Dodson influenced some of the most prominent artists of our time. Prince, Michael Jackson, Rick James were not the first to wear risqué attire and engage in suggestive dancing. It was Larry Dodson doing it before them. His preparation is his separation...a consummate pro.” Bobby Harris, Leader/Founder, The Dazz Band

“Mr. Dodson, for the years that we have worked together, it has been truly wonderful and great to me. I consider you a great, great friend and truly a wonderful brother. Thank you! Many Blessings.” Mark Bynum, Keyboard Player, Background Vocalist & Longtime Member of The Bar-Kays

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