And the Band Plays On: The LIfe Story of Larry Dodson of The Bar-Kays

And the Band Plays On: The LIfe Story of Larry Dodson of The Bar-Kays


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Finally, it's here! The much anticipated and surprisingly candid memoir of songwriter, producer, gold and platinum-selling artist, Larry Dodson, lead singer of the iconic Funk and R&B band, The Bar-Kays. With the help of author/editor Shelia E. Bell, Dodson opens up to let the world in on what this journey has been like for him.

From overcoming difficult family problems to battling and overcoming drug addiction and alcohol abuse, industry controversy, and all of the demons that often come along with being a living Funk legend for almost five decades, Larry recalls and talks candidly about the peaks and valleys of The Bar-Kays’ career. His wonderful wife, Marie, without a doubt has been the saving grace that has gotten him to this point. Only a handful of bands share the history that The Bar-Kays share. With Larry’s recent surprise announcement to his band, family, fans, and friends that he is retiring from The Bar-Kays, fans will find this book to be not only an extra special read, but a collector’s item.

Backing up soul legends such as Otis Redding and countless other soul and R&B icons both in and out of the recording studio, teaming up with music giants like Isaac Hayes to help create the Oscar-winning sound tracks theme from Shaft, collaborating with Funk legends such as Sly Stone, Larry Dodson and The Bar-Kays have done it all and Larry talks about it all in “And the Band Plays On.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780999268117
Publisher: LaMarie's Entertainment Complex
Publication date: 11/01/2017
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 590,477
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author

Larry Dodson is a multi-gold and platinum selling, singer, songwriter, and producer who for more than 47 has been the lead singer of one of music's most influential Funk and R&B bands, The Bar-Kays. With a career that has rewarded him with 10 top ten singles, 10 top ten albums, 5 gold albums and 1 platinum album from the 29 albums that he has recorded with The Bar-Kays, Larry has proven that he is a musical icon. Having been inducted into the R&B Hall of Fame, the Memphis Music Hall of Fame, having a music note on world famous Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee and pieces of his stage garments exhibited in the Stax Museum, the Smithsonian Institute, and in museums all over the world, Larry has surely left his legacy in the music industry. In addition to being the lead singer of the legendary Bar-Kays, Larry gives back to the community by supporting HBCU colleges through The Bar-Kays Scholarship Fund and The Bar-Kays Foundation whose mission statement is simply "To help those who cannot help themselves." Larry Dodson is truly a living legend.

Shelia E. Bell is an award winning author of close to two dozen fiction and nonfiction titles, specifically in the areas of inspirational fiction, women's fiction, and teen fiction. In addition to her career as an author, she is a much sought after freelance book editor and ghostwriter, having assisted hundreds of aspiring authors and numerous veteran authors with bringing their stories to life. Her own personal books can be found in Print and Digital from your favorite online eTailers and can be ordered from your favorite brick and mortar stores. You may contact her at or

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