Thursday, September 1, 2005

Soul Queen of New Orleans Missing

UPDATE: Irma Thomas is OK, thank God. Thanks to Charles G. Hill for the tip.

Irma Thomas, the great soul singer whose version of "Time Is on My Side" moved the Rolling Stones to record the song that would be their first U.S. Top Ten hit, is among the missing in New Orleans.

Other music legends missing include Fats Domino. [UPDATE, 7:29 p.m.: He's alive.] Allen Toussaint is holed up in the Superdome.

I interviewed Thomas, the "Soul Queen of New Orleans," by phone in 1992 for her EMI best-of CD. (A fellow fan's online bio of her starts with a quote from those notes.) She was exceedingly kind and gracious to me. Please, keep praying for all the storm's victims.