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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
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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