Feb 192014
 

In this episode of the Wait Wait… We recorded our show in Memphis, Tenn., this week, where Carla Thomas is a soul legend. Born in Memphis, Thomas scored her first hit single for Stax Records at the age of 18, and had many more, including duets with Otis Redding and other stars.

We’ve invited her to play a game called “Thomas, meet Thomas.” Three questions about other people who are also named Thomas.

Transcript:
PETER SAGAL, HOST:
And now the game where we show royalty what it is like for the common folk. The game is called Not My Job.
Memphis is legendary for its music, and Carla Thomas is a legend in Memphis. She scored her first hit single for Stax Records at the age of 18, had many more, including duets with Otis Redding and other stars.
(APPLAUSE)
SAGAL: It’s exciting. She was born in Memphis, she lives in Memphis, and she is known on Beale Street as the queen of Memphis soul. Carla Thomas, welcome to WAIT WAIT…DON’T TELL ME!
(APPLAUSE)
CARLA THOMAS: Pleasure, thank you, Peter. Thank you very much.
SAGAL: So first, your majesty, you are known as the queen of Memphis soul. What rights and responsibilities come with that title?
THOMAS: Oh, you would be surprised.
(LAUGHTER)
ROXANNE ROBERTS: First of all, nobody touches her nuts.
THOMAS: That’s right.
(LAUGHTER)
SAGAL: You carry it well. You look good in a crown and the big gown. That’s exciting.
THOMAS: Thank you, thank you.
SAGAL: I mean, do you sit around and, like, issue proclamations about who has soul and who doesn’t?
THOMAS: That’s right, like what is soul.
SAGAL: Well I, that was my next question because I was trying to figure out, you know, there’s R&B, there’s rock ‘n’ roll, and there’s soul. What is soul music?
THOMAS: Well, soul is this expressive thing. You know, it comes from the spirit. And you can’t sing soul music unless you have a spiritual feeling for the music, you know.
SAGAL: Right, so it’s sort of like gospel music, but instead of Jesus, you’re singing about sex.
(LAUGHTER)
(APPLAUSE)

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