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Random Notes (Concert Preview)

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Rolling Stone, August 31, 1972

Wattstax - Bar-Kays The Bar-Kays

Stax Records, having one of its most successful years since the Otis and Sam & Dave years, will present almost its entire roster in a benefit for the Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation and the Martin Luther King Hostpital in Watts in L.A.'s 100,000-seat Coliseum August 20th. "Wattstax '72," as the $1-a-ticket benefit is called, will feature the Staple Singers, Carla Thomas, Johnnie Taylor, Rufus Thomas, Albert King, the Emotions, the Soul Children, David Porter, the Bar-Kays, William Bell, Eddie Floyd, Eric Mercury, and Mel & Tim. Also: Luther Ingram, whose "If Loving You is Wrong I Don't Want to be Right" Is headed for Number One (he also wrote "Respect Yourself"), and Isaac Hayes, who will interrupt his Moses act to be Grand Marshall. Stax and the Schlitz Brewing Company are hooking up to produce to eshow, which will be the last event of this year's Watts Summer Festival.

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, August 31, 1972
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