published Monday, March 17th, 2014

Bar-Kays celebrating 50 years in music

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The soul-funk band Bar-Kays is celebrating 50 years in music by donating proceeds from their performances this year to five charities.

The band says it plans to give a portion of the proceeds raised during the year to the Down Syndrome Association of Memphis, United Way of the Mid-South, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Stax Music Academy and the Allen Jones-Marjorie Barringer-Bar-Kays Scholarship Fund.

The presentation will be made during the Bar-Kays' 50th anniversary celebration Dec. 4 in Memphis.

The group was conceived in 1964 and became the house band at the influential Stax Records in 1966.

They also were Otis Redding's touring band. Redding and four Bar-Kays died in a plane crash in 1967.

The band re-formed, releasing songs such as "Soul Finger" and "Son of Shaft."

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