Carla Thomas is music royalty in Memphis. Her father was Rufus Thomas, who was a huge presence in Memphis as a DJ and a master of ceremonies before becoming an artist on the Satellite and Stax Records labels. She sang duets with Otis Redding before his sudden death. She caught the attention legendary Atlantic A&R man Jerry Wexler while in high school. She is to Memphis what someone like Professor Longhair or Clifton Chenier was to New Orleans, a regional treasure that many tourists would probably be unfamiliar with. Her most recognizable song is probably “Gee Whiz (Look At His Eyes)”—which helped catapult Stax to a national level in 1960—but I think her best single was the one co-written by two other Memphis institutions, Isaac Hayes and Dave Porter: “B-A-B-Y.” Because it was a single recorded at Stax, the backing band is Booker T. & the M.G.’s which means that Steve Cropper’s blues rhythm guitar is on point and perfect and Booker T. Jones’s wizardry is on display. Jones starts out playing piano with a nice fluid movement and he also plays an organ that skates and flourishes in a old school night club kind of way. Add in some horns and Thomas’s playful, soulful, flirty way of singing “baby” and “I can’t stop loving you” and you have a sub-three minute gem from the late ’60s Memphis scene.