I've been listening to the "Beg, Scream & Shout" set lately and I have a new favorite song. It's the Bar-Kays' "Soul Finger". Man, this song is fun. I love the way they keep shouting, "Soul finger! Soul finger! Soul finger!". It's like there's a party in your speakers. Awesome.
Here's part of their biography from allmusic.com, it's pretty interesting.
Initially a funky instrumental soul combo on Stax/Volt, the Bar-Kays were nearly destroyed when most of the band perished in the same plane crash that claimed Otis Redding. Amazingly, the Bar-Kays not only regrouped but prospered, evolving into a popular funk ensemble over the course of the '70s. They continued to score hits on the R&B charts through much of the '80s as well, making for a career longevity that no one would have predicted for Stax's formerly star-crossed number-two house band.Listen:
Bar-Kays > Soul Finger