Soul legend and BMI songwriter Carla Thomas is receiving the Governor's Award from the Memphis chapter of NARAS, the Recording Academy, during the March 30th Premier Players ceremony. The award is the highest honor that can be presented by a local chapter of the Record Academy. Carla Thomas was one of the reigning Soul Queens at the Memphis-based Stax Records throughout its history. Daughter of one of the city's other musical legends, Rufus Thomas of "Walking The Dog" fame and long-time DJ on WDIA, she topped the charts several times, most notably with "B-A-B-Y" in 1965. She also recorded a series of duets with the late Otis Redding, including their memorable cover of Lowell Fulsom's "Tramp." Carla Thomas received a Pioneer Award from the Rhythm & Blues Foundation in 1993.