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THE BAR KAYS released Nineteen albums from 1967 till 2003. The first album THE BAR KAYS released in the is 'Soulfinger' on Records. Other albums that THE BAR KAYS recorded are 'As One', 'Contagious', 'Injoy', 'Nightcruising'. Two hundred and seventy one albums of THE BAR KAYS reached the billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The highest charted album was 'Banging The Wall' from 1985. This album debuted in 1985 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and reached number 11 and lasts 0 weeks on this chart. Other charted albums are `Banging The Wall' #11 (The Billboard 200) and `Contagious' #11 (The Billboard 200) and `Banging The Wall' #11 (Top R&B Albums) and `Black Rock' #12 (Black Albums) and `Light Of Life' #15 (Black Albums) and `Sexomatic' #15 (Hot Dance Music/Club Play) and `Light Of Life' #15 (Top R&B Albums) and `Injoy' #2 (Black Albums) and `Money Talks' #21 (Black Albums) and `Contagious' #25 (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums) and `Injoy' #35 (Pop Albums) and `Animal' #36 (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums) and `Gotta Groove' #40 (Black Albums) and `Dangerous' #41 (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums) and `Do You See What I See?' #45 (Black Albums) and `Flying High On Your Love' #47 (Pop Albums) and `Propositions' #51 (Pop Albums) and `Dangerous' #52 (The Billboard 200) and `Nightcruising' #55 (Pop Albums) and `As One' #57 (Pop Albums) and `Nightcruising' #6 (Black Albums) and `As One' #6 (Top R&B Albums) and `Nightcruising' #6 (Top R&B Albums) and `Too Hot To Stop' #69 (Pop Albums) and `Dangerous' #7 (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums) and `Flying High On Your Love' #7 (Black Albums) and `Dangerous' #7 (Top R&B Albums) and `Money Talks' #72 (Pop Albums) and `Too Hot To Stop' #8 (Black Albums) and `The Best Of Bar-Kays' #80 (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums) and `Light Of Life' #86 (Pop Albums) and `Propositions' #9 (Black Albums) and `Black Rock' #90 (Pop Albums) From 1967 till 1995 THE BAR KAYS released also forty one singles. The first single THE BAR KAYS released in the is 'Give Everybody Some' on Records. Other released tracks are 'Boogie Body Land (1980 / MERCURY)', 'Do It (1982 / MERCURY)', 'Freakshow On The Dance Floor (1984 / MERCURY)', 'Hit And Run (1981 / MERCURY)'.

The Bar-Kays were a popular Memphis, Tennessee, soul, R&B, and funk group performing from 1966 and continue to perform today, although with only one original member. They began as a favorite soul studio sessions group backing major artists at Stax Records, chosen in 1967 by Otis Redding to play as his backup band.

On December 10, 1967, Redding, his manager, and four of the Bar-Kays died in a plane crash in Lake Monona while on their way to a performance in Madison, Wisconsin. Trumpeter Ben Cauley and bassist James Alexander survived and rebuilt the group. The reformed band consisted of Cauley; Alexander; Harvey Henderson, saxophone; Michael Toles, guitar; Ronnie Gorden, organ; and Willie Hall, drums. The group backed dozens of major Stax artists on recordings afterwards, including on Isaac Hayes' Hot Buttered Soul album, and changed direction in the 1970s to have a successful funk music career. They continued to score hits on R&B charts well into the 1980s and have performed all over the world.

Lloyd Smith joined the Bar-Kays in 1973.

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