The Soul Children
This Memphis, Tennessee Stax Records mainstay was formed by Norman West (formerly of The Del-Rios), and included John Colbert aka J. Blackfoot, Anita Louis and Shelbra Bennett. The group was formed by Isaac Hayes and David Porter in order to fill the gap that Sam & Dave had left after Stax's parting from Atlantic Records ended Stax's association with the popular duo. They scored 15 R&B hits between 1968 and 1978.
Norman R. West, Jr., a country preacher's kid, grew up in Louisiana, and sang in church with his brothers (Joe, James, and Robert). West also was a member of various quartets and groups in his formative years, before he began singing in local clubs, then later formed The Soul Children.
'J. Blackfoot' was a nickname Colbert picked up during his early years, due to his habit of walking without footwear on the tarred sidewalks of Memphis during the hot summers. He spent six months as lead singer with a new line-up of The Bar-Kays after the original members were killed with Otis Redding in a plane crash. He later launched a solo career as J. Blackfoot with the single "Taxi", which reached the Top 10 in the US Billboard R&B chart.
West still tours with his solo career, and released a single in 2008 called "Long Ride Home." J. Blackfoot died in Memphis on November 20, 2011.