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Irma Thomas at the Wrong Place and Right Time

The queen of New Orleans soul would have been a bigger star if she had moved to New York or Los Angeles earlier in her career, argues rock historian Ed Ward. Despite her local success, Thomas only had a few national hits. But by all accounts, she's happy now, performing in regional blues circuits and raising her four children.


Other segments from the episode on April 25, 1989

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, April 25, 1989: Interview with Maxine Hong Kingston; Commentary on Irma Thomas; Interview with Bob Balaban; Review of Simon Schama's book "Citizens."


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