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Marvell Thomas

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The music world is mourning the loss of famed Memphis keyboardist Marvell Thomas.

Thomas was the son of legendary R&B and soul singer Rufus Thomas. His sisters are also noted singers Carla and Vaneese.

He made a name for himself being a highly in-demand keyboardist playing with artists such as Johnnie Taylor, The Staple Singers, Little Milton, The Emotions and Etta James, just to name a few.

Thomas was also the keyboardist on Isaac Hayes’ classic album called Hot Buttered Soul.

He was 75.

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