Chart Position: 17

  • Written by Jimmy King, Phalon Jones, Ben Cauley, Carl Cunningham, Ronnie Caldwell and James Alexander
  • Guitar: Jimmy King
  • Keyboards: Ronnie Caldwell
  • Trumpet: Ben Cauley
  • Saxophone: Phalon Jones
  • Recorded in Memphis TN
  • Produced by Jim Stewart
  • The opening riff is from the children’s nursery rhyme ‘Mary Had a Little lamb’
  • The chorus who repeatedly shouts ‘Soulfinger’ is made up of neighborhood children
  • ‘Soul Finger’ is a play on the 1964 mega-hit James Bond Agent 007 film titled ‘Goldfinger’
  • This is Bar-Kays biggest hit single
  • Bar-Kays are from Memphis TN
  • Otis Redding selected Bar-Kays to be his touring backup band in summer 1967
  • Four members of the band died with Otis Redding on Dec 10, 1967 when their touring plane crashed near Lake Momona WI
  • Later recorded by Willie Mitchell (1967), Merrit Hemingson (1968), Moe Koffman (1968), Goran Zetterlund (1974), Blues Brothers (1980), Bobby Radcliff (1991),  Dexy’s Midnight Runners (1981), Soul Fingers (1994) and Michael Lington (2016)


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