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"Soul Finger" is the first single released by R&B group the Bar-Kays. It was issued by Stax Records on the Volt Records label on April 14, 1967. The song was written by the Bar-Kays while they were rehearsing with Norman West to perform a cover of J.J. Jackson's "But It's Alright". It begins with the melody of the popular children's song "Mary Had a Little Lamb" and then cuts into the main riff, punctuated with a high trumpet trill. It features a chorus of neighborhood children who had been loitering outside the recording studio; they were instructed to shout "Soul Finger!" and were paid with Coca-Cola. The idea for the title and the shouts came from the Stax songwriters Isaac Hayes and David Porter.

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  • "Soul Finger" is the first single released by R&B group the Bar-Kays. It was issued by Stax Records on the Volt Records label on April 14, 1967. The song was written by the Bar-Kays while they were rehearsing with Norman West to perform a cover of J.J. Jackson's "But It's Alright". It begins with the melody of the popular children's song "Mary Had a Little Lamb" and then cuts into the main riff, punctuated with a high trumpet trill. It features a chorus of neighborhood children who had been loitering outside the recording studio; they were instructed to shout "Soul Finger!" and were paid with Coca-Cola. The idea for the title and the shouts came from the Stax songwriters Isaac Hayes and David Porter.
  • Soul finger was de eerste single van The Bar-Kays. Het is de eerste track van hun debuutalbum met dezelfde titel. De B-kant Knucklehead geschreven door Booker T. Jones en Steve Cropper was trouwens de tweede track. Het plaatje werd uitgegeven op Stax Records op hun sublabel , verspreid door Atlantic Records. Het lied werd een bescheiden aantal keer gecoverd. Dan Aykroyd en Jim Belushi zongen het als The Blues Brothers (album Made in America) en Dexy’s Midnight Runners namen het op voor The projected passion revue. Daarbij was het te horen in films als , Superbad en Soul Men.
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  • "Soul Finger" is the first single released by R&B group the Bar-Kays. It was issued by Stax Records on the Volt Records label on April 14, 1967. The song was written by the Bar-Kays while they were rehearsing with Norman West to perform a cover of J.J. Jackson's "But It's Alright". It begins with the melody of the popular children's song "Mary Had a Little Lamb" and then cuts into the main riff, punctuated with a high trumpet trill. It features a chorus of neighborhood children who had been loitering outside the recording studio; they were instructed to shout "Soul Finger!" and were paid with Coca-Cola. The idea for the title and the shouts came from the Stax songwriters Isaac Hayes and David Porter. "Soul Finger" was a hit in the United States, peaking at number 3 on the U.S. Billboard R&B singles chart and number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100. The B-side of the single was "Knucklehead", written by Booker T. Jones and Steve Cropper, which reached number 28 on the R&B singles chart and number 76 on the Hot 100. "Soul Finger" and "Knucklehead" were the first two tracks of the Bar-Kays' first LP, Soul Finger, issued on July 10, after nine more tracks had been recorded on June 23.
  • Soul finger was de eerste single van The Bar-Kays. Het is de eerste track van hun debuutalbum met dezelfde titel. De B-kant Knucklehead geschreven door Booker T. Jones en Steve Cropper was trouwens de tweede track. Het plaatje werd uitgegeven op Stax Records op hun sublabel , verspreid door Atlantic Records. Het is origineel werk van de heren van The Bar-Kayes, maar begint met de melodielijn uit . Daaropvolgend een triller op de trompet en daarna volgt een feestelijk nummer. De enige tekst van het lied is Soul finger, dat gezongen werd door hangjongeren rondom de geluidsstudio, die een vergoeding kregen van Coca-Cola. De tekst en manier van zingen waren een idee van Isaac Hayes en David Porter, huiscomponisten bij Stax. Het lied werd een bescheiden aantal keer gecoverd. Dan Aykroyd en Jim Belushi zongen het als The Blues Brothers (album Made in America) en Dexy’s Midnight Runners namen het op voor The projected passion revue. Daarbij was het te horen in films als , Superbad en Soul Men.
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