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Marvell Thomas
Marvell (*1941 in Memphis, TN) was a keyboardist, record producer and arranger known for his work in Memphis Soul. Marvell's studio career started at the age of 17. He was the first piano player to punch the clock at Stax Records. He played on the label's earliest national hits, including "Burnt Biscuits" (by the short-lived group The Triumphs, later covered by Booker T. & the MGs), childhood friend William Bell's "You Don't Miss Your Water", and the company's first hit "Cause I Love You" (featuring a sixteen-year-old Booker T. Jones on saxophone), a duet by Rufus and Carla Thomas. He also played on some of Wilson Pickett sessions at Stax and at Muscle Shoals. More sessions at Muscle Shoals included Clarence Carter, Eddie Hinton, and Denise LaSalle.
Thomas worked frequently as keyboardist and arranger, appearing on albums by Johnnie Taylor, The Staple Singers, Little Milton, The Emotions, Albert King, Mavis Staples, Yvonne Elliman, and Etta James. Thomas co-produced and played keyboards on the multi-platinum Isaac Hayes album, Hot Buttered Soul. His touring credits include concerts with The Temptations, and acting as music director for Peabo Bryson, Isaac Hayes, his father Rufus Thomas, and his sister Carla Thomas (the 'Memphis Queen'). Marvell died in 2017.
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King, Does The King's Things
Stax STS 2015
released 1969
Albert King, guitar, vocals
Steve Cropper, guitar
Michael Toles, guitar
Marvell Thomas, organ, piano
James Alexander, bass
Donald "Duck" Dunn, bass
Willie Hall, drums
Al Jackson jr., drums
On The Loose
Westbound Records WB 2016
released 1973
Denise LaSalle, vocals
Lewis Collins, horn
Andrew Love, horn
Gene Miller, horn
James Mitchell, horn
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges, guitar
Leo LeBlanc, steel guitar
Michael Toles, guitar
Charles Hodges, organ
Marvell Thomas, organ, piano
Leon Aldridge, bass
Leroy Hodges, bass
Howard Grimes, drums
Charles Jenkins, drums
Very Blue Highway
Bullseye Blues BB 9528
released 1993
recorded in Town Creek, AL and Memphis, TN/USA
Eddie Hinton, guitar, keyboards, vocals
Andrew Love, tenor sax
Wayne Jackson, trombone, trumpet
Ron Levy, organ
Marvell Thomas, organ
Joe Walk, piano
Dave Albert Allen, congas
Owen Brown, bass
Jeff Simpson, drums, percussion
A Woman's Love
Segue Records PW2091
recorded in Bronx, NY/USA
Vaneese Thomas, vocals, organ
Dave Mann, sax
Kirk Whalum, sax
Joe Mennonna, horn, sax
Phil Hamilton, guitar
Nick Moroch, guitar
Gil Parris, guitar
Shelton Becton, piano
Rob Mathes, piano
Michael Colina, keyboards
Philippe Saisse, keyboards
Marvell Thomas, keyboards, organ
Liam Nelson, organ
Ricky Peterson, organ
Mark Ahearn, bass
Will Lee, bass
Wayne Pedzwater, bass
Shawn Pelton, drums
Wayne Warnecke, drums
David Charles, percussion
Memphis Soul Beat
Jasmine Records JASCD 758
Booker T. Jones, organ
The MG's
The Mar-Keys
The Triumphs
Charles "Packy" Axton, tenor sax
Gilbert Caples, tenor sax
Floyd Newman, baritone sax
Wayne Jackson, trumpet
Steve Cropper, guitar
Chips Moman, guitar
Marvell Thomas, organ, piano
Jerry "Smootchy" Smith, keyboards
Donald "Duck" Dunn, bass
Lewie Steinberg, bass
Curtis Green, drums
Howard Grimes, drums
Al Jackson jr., drums

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