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Rewind: Irma Thomas is known as the Soul Queen of New Orleans, with a string of almost-hits dating back to "You Can Have My Husband (but Please Don't Mess with My Man)" in 1959.
Fast-Forward: The Grammy winner's new disc, Simply Grand (Rounder), pairs her with an all-star roster of pianists, including Norah Jones, Randy Newman, Ellis Marsalis, and Dr. John (who played guitar on Thomas's first single).
Play It Again: Her home, which was damaged in Hurricane Katrina, still isn't quite furnished, but Thomas told us which CDs line the shelves in her heart.
From the August 2008 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
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