Nights at the Roundtable with Irma Thomas and her deep-soul classic "Anyone Who knows what love is (will understand)" from 1964.
September 1, 2011

Irma Thomas - Queen of New Orleans soul.

When I was mentioning Imperial Records last night (and doing it in disparaging terms), I neglected to mention one of the many influential singers who graced that label before things got out of hand.

One of those was the great Irma Thomas, whose deep-Soul classic Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (Will Unerstand), was big hit for Thomas in 1964 and what we're putting up on the turntable tonight.

Irma Thomas was responsible for so many great soul hits throughout her career that a list of them reads like a set list from a British Invasion band on the mid-1960's. Clearly, she has every reason to claim she is the Queen of New Orleans Soul. I don't think there's a person alive who would contest that.

And tonight you get to hear why.

Can you help us out?

For nearly 20 years we have been exposing Washington lies and untangling media deceit, but now Facebook is drowning us in an ocean of right wing lies. Please give a one-time or recurring donation, or buy a year's subscription for an ad-free experience. Thank you.


We welcome relevant, respectful comments. Any comments that are sexist or in any other way deemed hateful by our staff will be deleted and constitute grounds for a ban from posting on the site. Please refer to our Terms of Service for information on our posting policy.