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Artist Profile: Toto

Formed in 1977 in Los Angeles, California, Toto is a rock band that is currently composed of David Paich on…

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Artist Profile: Luther Vandross

Luther Vandross was a singer-songwriter and record producer. He started his career as an in-demand background vocalist for several well-known…

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Artist Profile: N.W.A

N.W.A or N Wit Attitudes was a hip-hop group that originated from Compton, California. They were one of the first…

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Artist Profile: Kenny Loggins

Kenny Loggins is a singer-songwriter and guitarist who used to be a part of the duo Loggins and Messina. But…

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The Pointer Sisters – So Excited

The Pointer Sisters are an American versatile pop and R&B singing group who came from Oakland, California. It was during…

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Introduction to GQ

  Introduction GQ was an American disco and R&B group who scored a handful of hits on the disco and…

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Con Funk Shun

Introduction Con Funk Shun is a funk and R&B band formed during the late 1960s. From a backup band, Con…

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One-Hit Wonders: Joe Jeffrey Group

Introduction One of the numerous “one hit wonder” groups, The Joe Jeffrey Group fleetingly surfaced in the 60s music scene. …

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One-Hit Wonders: Joe Jones

Introduction Joe Jones was an American R&B singer-songwriter, who was responsible with forming the all-girl group The Dixie Cups.  His…

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Introduction to Jimmy Jones

Introduction Jimmy Jones (1937-2012) was an American singer-songwriter whose distinct vocal quality has been described as an effortlessly soulful falsetto. …

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Music Legends: Ray Charles

Introduction Ray Charles was an American R&B and soul singer-songwriter and pianist who became one of the pioneers and most…

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Music Legends: Otis Redding

  Introduction The late Otis Redding was one of the popular artists during the 60s music era. He is now…

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One-hit Wonder: Lipps Inc.

Introduction Lipps Inc. is a short-lived R&B and disco group who scored a hit single and now-oldies music classic tune…

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One-hit Wonders: Carl Douglas

Introduction Carl Douglas is an R&B and pop singer-songwriter, recording artist and “one hit wonder” from Jamaica known for his…

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The Short Life and Career of Minnie Riperton

Introduction Minnie Riperton is most known for her 70s music era-hit “Lovin’ You” which features her very’ high “whistle register”…

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One-hit wonders: The Weather Girls

The Weather Girls The Weather Girls are a female R&B and dance music duo originally consisting of Izora Armstead and…

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Artists Profile: Prince

Introduction Prince (born Prince Rodgers Nelson) is an American singer-songwriter and musician, known for his groundbreaking, eclectic style and flamboyant…

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Music Legends: Whitney Houston

Introduction Whitney Houston was an American singer, actress, film and record producer. She first rose to fame during the 80s…

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Artists Profile: Lionel Richie

Introduction Lionel Richie is one of the most successful artists from the 80s music era, only to be eclipsed by…

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Artists Profile: Daryl Hall & John Oates (aka Hall & Oates)

Introduction Daryl Hall & John Oates aka Hall and Oates were one of the most popular acts during the late…

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Artists Profile: Chairmen of the Board

Introduction Chairmen of the Board was an American soul group mostly active during the 70s music era. Their famous hits…

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Artist Biography: C.J. and Company

Introduction American disco group C.J. and Company achieved recognition for their disco hit “Devil’s Gun”  which peaked at #36 on…

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Artist Biography: Brenda and the Tabulations

Introduction  Brenda and the Tabulations were an American R&B act formed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1966. The original formation consisted…

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Artist Biography: Brook Benton

Introduction Brook Benton (1931-1988) was a prolific and successful R&B/pop/soul/rock and roll singer-songwriter who amassed several R&B as well as…

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One-Hit Wonders: Bull and the Matadors

Introduction Bull and the Matadors are a defunct American funk band from Illinois, known for their 60s music era-hit single…

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Brick and Their Disco Hit “Dazz”

Introduction Consisting of Jimmy Brown, Regi Hargis Hickman, Ray Ransom and Eddie Irons, Brick is an American funk/R&B, disco group…

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The Life and Music of Bobby Day

Introduction American rock n roll and R&B singer/songwriter Bobby Day was a former member of the L.A.-based Hollywood Flames (who…

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Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans

Introduction to Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans were an American early…

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One-Hit Wonder Billy Bland

Introduction to Billy Bland American R&B artist Billy Bland (born on April 5, 1932, Wilmington, North Carolina) achieved fame with…

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The Life and Music of Ruth Brown

Introduction to Ruth Brown Ruth Brown was an American blues singer who brought elements of pop music into her usual…

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Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band

Introduction Studio 54 fixtures during the 70s music era, Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band was a disco musical ensemble formed…

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One-Hit Wonders: Brighter Side of Darkness

Introduction Brighter Side of Darkness is now a defunct American R&B and soul group whose way to their brief fame…

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Alvin Cash and the Crawlers

Introduction to Alvin Cash and the Crawlers Alvin Cash and the Crawlers was a group consisting of Alvin Cash (1939-1999)…

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Bobby Hebb and His Famous Song “Sunny”

Introduction to Bobby Hebb Bobby Hebb (born in 1938 – died in 2010) was an American singer-songwriter best known for…

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The Funk Music of Bloodstone

Introduction to Bloodstone Bloodstone is a American funk/R&B/soul act formed in Kansas City, Missouri during the early 1960s. Led by…

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The Music of the “Philly Soul” Group, Blue Magic

Introduction to Blue Magic Blue Magic is the name of one of the best-known Philly soul groups during the 70s…

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B.T. Express, Funk and Soul Group in the 1970s

Introduction B.T. Express was one of the funk/disco/soul acts who enjoyed a string of hits during the 70s music era.…

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The Five Satins, R&B Legends

Introduction The Five Satins are an R&B vocal group famous for their R&B hit in 1956 “In the Still Of…

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The Crystals and Their Big Hits in the 1960s

  Introduction: The Crystals are an American pop and R&B vocal group formed in New York, one of Phil Spector’s…

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One-Hit Wonders: Claudine Clark

Introduction: Claudine Clark is an American R&B singer born in Georgia but spent her formative years in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her…

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The History of R&B Legends The Clovers

Introduction The Clovers were one of the biggest-selling acts of the 1950s, having scored numerous high-charting R&B singles, and a…

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Carl Carlton and His Hit “Everlasting Love”

Introduction: Carl Carlton is an American artist who sings R&B, soul and funk. Born in Detroit, Michigan in 1953, he…

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The Story and Music of Chris Kenner

  Introduction to Chris Kenner Chris Kenner was an R&B singer and songwriter originating from New Orleans.  He started his…

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Introduction to Chuck Jackson

Who is Chuck Jackson? Rhythm-and-blues balladeer Chuck Jackson has one of the most beautiful, versatile voices in modern music, with…

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Bunker Hill and His Only Hit “Hide and Go Seek”

Introduction to Bunker Hill Bunker Hill (born David Walker on May 5, 1941 – died in the 1980s) was an…

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The Legendary Bluesman Bo Diddley

  Introduction to Bo Diddley Armed with his signature rectangular guitar, Bo Diddley (born Ellas Otha Bates in 1928 –…

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The Story and Music of The Intrigues

Introduction to The Intrigues The Intrigues were a Philadelphia trio (formed in 1968) whose own slick brand of soul brought…

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The Life and Music of the Dixie Cups

  Introduction to The Dixie Cups The Dixie Cups were one of the more well-known all-girl groups to ever emerge…

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Barbara George and Her Hit “I Know (You Don’t Love Me No More)”

Introduction Barbara George (born Barbara Ann Smith in 1942 – died in 2006) was an American R&B singer-songwriter fondly remembered…

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The Life and Music of Sonny Knight

Introduction to Sonny Knight Sonny Knight (born Joseph Coleman Smith 1934-1998) was an African-American R&B and pop singer-songwriter, musician and…

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Ashford and Simpson, the Husband and Wife Music Duo

Introduction to Ashford and Simpson Ashford & Simpson are a husband, Nickolas “Nick” Ashford (5/4/1942 – 8/22/2011) & wife, Valerie…

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Love Unlimited Orchestra and Their Hit “Love’s Theme”

Introduction to Love Unliimted Orchestra Singer Barry White and the all-girl trio Love Unlimited’s own backing band, The Love Unlimited…

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The Story and Music of The Falcons

Introduction to The Falcons The Falcons were an R&B vocal group, famed for their single “You’re So Fine”, released on…

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The Story and Music of The Exciters

  Introduction to The Exciters The Exciters were a 60s music era R&B/soul group consisting of three female members –…

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Thurston Harris and His Big Hit “Little Bitty Pretty One”

Introduction to Thurston Harris Thurston Harris (1931-1990) was an R&B and pop/rock singer whose claim to one-hit wonder fame was…

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Valerie Carr and Her Only Hit “When the Boys Talk about the Girls”

Introduction to Valerie Carr Valerie Carr (born 1936), is a New York-born African-American singer whose exquisite vocal talent led her…

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The Story and the Music of The Larks

Introduction to The Larks The Larks were a North Carolina-originated R&B/soul/gospel group from the 50s music era, not to be…

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The Story and the Music of The Esquires

Introduction to The Esquires The Esquires were an R&B/doo-wop vocal group hailing from Milwaukee, Wisconsin; originally they had been a…

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The Jive Bombers

Introduction to The Jive Bombers The Jive Bombers are a one-hit wonder group formed in New York City from the…

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The Story and Music of The Equals

  Introduction to The Equals Deriving their name from the fact that the group was racially integrated, The Equals’ sound…

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The Independents and Their Hit “Leaving Me”

Introduction to The Independents The Independents were a R&B vocal group in the 70s music era, originating from Chicago, Illinois.…

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The Story and Music of the R&B and Soul Group, The Honey Cone

Introduction to The Honey Cone The Honey Cone was a late 60s to early 70s music era all-girl R&B group…

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The Career and Music of The Hollywood Flames

Introduction to The Hollywood Flames were an American doo-wop/R&B vocal group formed in Los Angeles, California in 1949. The original…

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The Four Voices — A “One-Hit Wonder” of the 1950s

Introduction to The Four Voices were an R&B vocal group consisting  of Allan Chase, Sal Mayo, Bill McBride and Frank…

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The Life and Music of The Four Knights

  Introduction to The Four Knights The Four Knights had a prolific two-decade career as one of the in-demand doo-wop…

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One-Hit Wonders the Aquatones

Introduction to The Aquatones The Aquatones were a 50’s music era doo-wop group out of Valley Stream, New York.  They…

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The Life and Music of Sonny Charles

Introduction to Sonny Charles Born Charles Hemphill in 1940 in Indiana, Sonny Charles is an American soul singer. He was…

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Robert Knight with “Everlasting Love”

Introduction to Robert Knight Robert Knight is an American soul singer primarily known for his late 60s music era hit…

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The Life and Music of Ronnie Dyson

Introduction to Ronnie Dyson Ronnie Dyson was an American singer and actor, best known for his 1970 Top 10 single…

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Ray Bryant and His Prolific Music Career

Introduction to Ray Bryant Ray Bryant (born December 24, 1931 – died June 2, 2011) was American jazz pianist and…

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Paul Humphrey and the Cool Aid Chemists

Introduction to Paul Humphrey and the Cool Aid Chemists Paul Humphrey (born Paul Nelson Humphrey on October 12, 1935 in…

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The History of the Beatles, the First Classic Rock Band

If you think back to the music of the 60s, you probably remember The Beatles. There are few musical groups…

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The Story and Music of Little Willie John

  Introduction to Little Willie John William Edward John (famous as “Little Willie” because he was small and childlike, even…

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Little Joe and the Thrillers

Introduction to Little Joe and the Thrillers Little Joe and the Thrillers (sometimes called Little Joe Cook and the Thrillers)…

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The Story and Music of Little Milton

Introduction to Little Milton Little Milton (born James Milton Campbell Jr.) was an R&B/soul/blues singer, guitarist and also a sometime…

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Les Cooper and the Soul Rockers

Introduction to Les Cooper and the Soul Rockers Les Cooper and the Soul Rockers was a band led by, of…

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Lee Dorsey – From Boxer to Singer

Introduction to Lee Dorsey Lee Dorsey was an American R&B and pop crooner who achieved successful recording career in the…

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LaVern Baker and Her hit “Tweedlee Dee”

  Introduction to Lavern Baker LaVern Baker, born Delores Lavern Baker (November 11, 1929 – March 10, 1997) was an…

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Lady Flash – From Back-Up Vocalists to Recording Stars

Introduction to Lady Flash The vocal trio, called Lady Flash, were created as a backing  group for Barry Manilow in…

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The Story and Music of Lamont Dozier

Introduction to Lamont Dozier Lamont Dozier (born in 1941 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American songwriter, record producer and a…

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Child Stars of The 1990s

If you were a 90s kid, you most surely know about many of the child stars from way back then. But…

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One Hit Wonders of the 60s

The 1960s is probably the most phenomenal decade when it comes to music — there’s the British Invasion, folk and…

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One Hit Wonders of the 1980s

The term “one-hit wonder” refers to an artist who enjoys a hit on the national US chart — most specifically…

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One Hit Wonders of the 1990s

For almost all artists, having a hit on the US Billboard charts (most importantly the Hot 100 or pop chart)…

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The Story and Music of Ketty Lester

Introduction to Ketty Lester Ketty Lester is an American traditional pop/R&B singer and actress of the early 60s music era. …

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The Music of Jesse Belvin

  Introduction to Jesse Belvin Jesse Belvin was an R&B singer-songwriter/pianist who was credited by having co-written the song “Earth…

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The Story and Music of Jessie Hill

Introduction to Jessie Hill Jessie Hill (1932-1996) was an American singer-songwriter, performing in R&B and Louisiana blues. The New Orleans-born…

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Jay and the Techniques

Introduction to Jay and The Techniques One of the earliest known racially integrated bands, Jay & the Techniques’ material is…

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The Story and Music of J.J. Jackson

Introduction to J.J. Jackson Jerome Louis Jackson, more popularly known as J.J. Jackson, is an R&B and soul singer, whose…

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Jackie Lee and His Hit “The Duck”

Introduction to Jackie Lee Singer-songwriter Earl Lee Nelson was a part of the R&B/doo-wop duo vocal duo in the 60s…

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The Music of H. B. Barnum

Introduction to H.B. Barnum H.B. Barnum (born Hidle Brown Barnum, on 15 July 1936) achieved his only hit “Lost Love”…

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The Music of Hank Ballard and the Midnighters

Introduction to Hank Ballad and the Midnighters Hank Ballard and The Midnighters began in the early 1950’s as a doo…

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The Venerable Singer Gloria Lynne

Introduction to Gloria Lynne Gloria Wilson, known by the stage name of Gloria Lynne, was an American jazz singer from…

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Introduction to Gonzalez

Career summary Gonzalez was a British band, specializing on R&B and funk. Personnel change occurred too frequently and amounted to…

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Fontella Bass – “Rescue Me”

Introduction to Fontella Bass Fontella Bass (born on July 3, 1940 in St. Louis, MO) was an American soul and…

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Gene Allison and His Hit “You Can Make It If You Try”

Introduction to Gene Allison 50s music-era singer Gene Allison (Versie Eugene Allison) was born in Pegram, Tennessee and grew up…

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The Music of Frankie Ford

Introduction to Frankie Ford New Orleans rock and roller Frankie Ford rose to distinction during the 50s music scene with…

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Introduction to Garland Green

Short career summary on Garland Green Garland Green (born Garfield Green Jr. in 1942) is an American R&B and soul…

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The Life and Music of Fred Hughes

Introduction to Fred Hughes Fred Hughes (not to be confused with another singer Freddie Hughes, who hailed from Oakland, California…

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The Music of Etta Jones

Introduction to Etta Jones Etta Jones (not to be confused with the legendary singer Etta James) was an  American 60s…

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Ernie K-Doe and his hit “Mother-in-Law”

Introduction to Ernie K-Doe Ernest Kador Jr., aka Ernie K-Doe, was an American R&B singer known for his hit song,…

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Introduction to Ernie Freeman

Career Summary Ernie Freeman (born Ernest Aaron Freeman in 1922 – died in 1981) was a 1950s music-era African-American pianist,…

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The Music of Ernie Fields

Introduction to Ernie Fields Ernie Fields (born Ernest Lawrence Fields in 1904 – died in 1997) was an African-American bandleader.…

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Sam Cooke, the King of Soul

Introduction to Sam Cooke Sam Cooke (1931-1964) was an American R&B/soul singer-songwriter and businessman. During the 60s music era, Cooke…

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Introduction to Earl Grant

Introduction Earl Grant (born in 1931 in Idabel, Oklahoma – died in Lordsburg, New Mexico in 1970) was an American…

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Introduction to the Bar-Kays

Introduction To The Bar-Kays The Bar-Kays are a 1967 formed soul, R&B and funk group that went through a major…

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The King of ‘Rhythm’ and ‘Blues’: Johnny Ace

Johnny Ace’s short but significant career The history of music is filled with tragic endings and sudden accidents that marked…

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Johnny Ace: A Life of Unfulfilled Dreams

Early life Even though he passed away at the young age of 25, the life Of Johnny Ace had been…

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The Fiestas – “So Fine”

A short introduction to the Fiestas The Fiestas hailed from Newark, New Jersey and formed in 1958. New York-based Old…

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The Chakachas – “Jungle Fever”

Who are the Chakachas? The Chakachas were a group of studio musicians based in Belgium, first appearing the in the…

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Barbara Acklin

The R&B legend was born… Barbara Acklin a renowned singer and songwriter in the early years of her career were…

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The Music of L.T.D.

Introduction to L.T.D. L.T.D. is a North Carolina-originated R&B/funk group who are known for their hits such as “Love Ballad,”…

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Evelyn “Champagne” King – “Shame”

Introduction to Evelyn “Champagne” King Evelyn “Champagne” King is an American disco/dance and R&B singer. Discovered while working as an…

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Who are the Three Degrees?

Formation and early days The all-girl vocal group trio The Three Degrees was the brainchild of producer and songwriter Richard…

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Don and Juan – “What’s Your Name”

Short career summary on Don and Juan Don and Juan were an R&B/doo-wop vocal group consisting of Roland Trone and…

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Introduction to Dean and Jean

Short career summary on Dean and Jean Dean & Jean were a short-lived R&B/pop/soul duo from Ohio. They recorded material…

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Little Sister – “You’re The One”

Introduction to Little Sister Little Sister is the name of the short-lived R&B vocal harmony trio. It was formed by…

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One-hit wonders High Inergy and their hit “You Can’t Turn Me Off (In the Middle of Turning Me On)”

Introduction to High Inergy High Inergy were a 1970s all-girl R&B/soul/disco quartet. They consisted of sisters Vernessa and Barbara Mitchell,…

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Ben E. King – his story and music

Introduction Ben E. King was one of the singers of the R&B/doo-wop vocal combo The Drifters before launching his solo…

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Roy Brown – The Pioneer of Rock and Roll

Introduction to Roy Brown Singer-songwriter Roy Brown is widely considered as the pioneer of rock and roll. Brown was born…

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Introduction to Cheryl Lynn

Who is Cheryl Lynn? Cheryl Lynn is an American singer who is popularly known for her 1978 disco hit “Got…

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History of the Isley Brothers

Introduction The Isley Brothers was formed in 1954, originally as a vocal trio consisting of brothers O’Kelly Jr., Rudolph and…

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History of the Impressions

Introduction to the group The Impressions are an R&B/doo-wop/soul band formed in Chicago, Illinois. Formed in 1958, the band’s original…

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Wilbert Harrison of “Kansas City” Fame

Introduction to Wilbert Harrison Wilbert Harrison (1929-1994) was an American R&B/rock and roll/pop singer-songwriter, pianist and guitarist, hailing from North…

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Introduction to Joe Simon

Early life and career Joe Simon, who was born in Louisiana in 1943, began singing at a local church where…

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Linda Jones – “Hypnotized”

Introduction to Linda Jones The late Linda Jones was an American soul songstress. She began her recording career in 1963,…

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Rick James, the Father of Punk Funk

Introduction to Rick James Rick James was an American singer-songwriter, produder and musician who popularized funk music particularly in the…

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Norman Connors – “You Are My Starship”

Short introduction to Norman Connors Norman Connors is a noted American jazz drummer. Among the several R&B hits that have…

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Biography of Ivory Joe Hunter

Introduction Ivory Joe Hunter was an American singer-songwriter and pianist, covering in a number of genres that included R&B, blues,…

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First Choice – “Armed and Extremely Dangerous” & “Doctor Love”

Short introduction First Choice were an American all-female vocal trio in 1971. They were a group with a lot of…

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One-hit wonders the Crescendos with their song “Oh, Julie”

Short introduction on the Crescendos The Crescendos were a short-lived American rock and roll group, originating from Nashville, Tennessee. Their…

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King Floyd – “Groove Me”

Introduction to King Floyd King Floyd was an American soul and funk singer and songwriter. After his time in the…

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The Detroit Emeralds – “Feel the Need in Me”

Introduction The Detroit Emeralds were an American R&B vocal group, who had undergone several lineup changes. Their first real hit…

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Jimmy Castor – “Troglodyte”

Introduction to Jimmy Castor Jimmy Castor (1940-2012) was a former singer and funk/pop saxophonist. Castor’s first solo hit as a…

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Dyke and the Blazers: the Pioneers of Funk Music

Introduction Dyke and the Blazers were an R&B and funk group formed in 1965. One of their first singles “Funky…

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The Music and Hits of Gary U.S. Bonds

Introduction Gary U.S. Bonds is an R&B/pop/rock and roll singer-songwriter and musician. Anderson, who was born in Florida, moved to…

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The Life and Music of William DeVaughn

Introduction to William DeVaughn William DeVaughn is an American R&B singer-songwriter and musician, a government employee who hit it big…

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Latimore – “Let’s Straighten It Out”

Introduction to Latimore Latimore, the professional and family name of Benjamin Latimore, is an American R&B singer, pianist and songwriter…

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The Contours – “Do You Love Me”

Introduction to the Contours The Contours were an R&B group, one of the first acts the Berry Gordy’s fledgling label…

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Introduction to Sly and the Family Stone

Sly Stone’s early life and formation of his band Sly Stone was born Sylvester Stewart in 1944 in Denton, Texas…

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Slim Harpo – “Baby Scratch My Back”

Introduction to Slim Harpo Slim Harpo was an American blues singer-songwriter, guitarist and harmonica player who got his name from…

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The Impalas of “Sorry (I Ran All the Way Home)” Fame

Introduction to the Impalas The Impalas were an American doo-wop vocal group in the late 1950s, one of the few…

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Introduction to the Whispers

Starting on R&B and soul R&B/soul/dance vocal group The Whispers formed in Watts, a neighborhood in Los Angeles, California in…

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Brenda Holloway and Her Soul Brilliance

Short career summation on Brenda Holloway Brenda Holloway is an American singer-songwriter, and was a Motown Records artist during the…

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Dick and Dee Dee – “The Mountain’s High”

Short career summation on Dick and Dee Dee Dick and Dee Dee are an American R&B/pop duo of singer-songwriters who…

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Sibling Act Inez and Charles Foxx

Short career summation on Inez and Charlie Foxx Siblings Inez and Charlie Foxx were a pair of singer-songwriters, active during…

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Jimmy Charles – “A Million to One”

Career summary on Jimmy Charles Jimmy Charles is a former American R&B singer. Charles was born in Paterson, New Jersey…

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Madeline Bell – “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me”

Who is Madeline Bell? Madeline Bell is an American singer who has done prolific session work, notably with friend Dusty…

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Frederick Knight – a One Hit Wonder with “I’ve Been Lonely for So Long”

Short introduction to Frederick Knight One-hit wonder Frederick Knight had a significant hit with “I’ve Been Lonely For So Long”…

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The Cleftones – “Heart and Soul”

Introduction to the Cleftones American R&B and doo-wop group the Cleftones were known for their 1961 hit “Heart and Soul.”…

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Introduction to Laura Lee

 Who is Laura Lee? Laura Lee is an American R&B/soul/gospel singer-songwriter. Her songs, especially during the 1960s and the 1970s,…

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Instant Funk – “I Got My Mind Made Up (You Can Get It Girl)”

Short introduction to Instant Funk were a funk and disco group, formed in the 1970s. Intially they performed as back-up…

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8th Day – “She’s Not Just Another Woman”

Introduction to 8th Day 8th Day was a 1970s American R&B group, actually put up together by the Motown songwriting…

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Introduction to Love Unlimited

Who was Love Unlimited? Love Unlimited was an R&B vocal group formed by Barry White. The all-girl trio (which comprised…

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Introduction to Joe Tex

    Early life and music career Soul singer-songwriter Joe Tex was born Joseph Arrington Jr. in Rogers, Texas, in…

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Five Flights Up – “Do What You Wanna Do”

Short introduction to Five Flights Up Five Flights Up was an American R&B quintet, virtually coming down to history as…

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The Music and Harmonies of the 5th Dimension

  Introduction of the 5th Dimension The 5th Dimension are an American vocal group, formed in Los Angeles, California in…

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Gloria Gaynor – The Queen of Disco

Gloria Gaynor is an American and former disco singer, best known for the massively famous disco hit “I Will Survive.”…

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The Cookies – “Don’t Say Nothin’ Bad (About My Baby)”

  Who are the Cookies? The Cookies were a 50s-60s all-girl R&B group originating from Brooklyn, New York. Aside from…

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History of The Jackson Five

Introduction to one of the greatest pop/R&B groups The Jackson Five (The Jackson 5, or the Jacksons) are an American…

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History of the Spinners

Formation and early career The Spinners were formed in Michigan, in 1957. Five friends — Billy Henderson, Henry Fambrough, Pervis…

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Jean Knight – “Mr. Big Stuff”

Jean Knight’s short career summary Known for her huge hit single “Mr. Big Stuff,” Grammy-nominated soul and funk singer Jean…

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Johnnie and Joe – “Over the Mountain, Across the Sea”

A short introduction to Johnnie and Joe Johnnie and Joe were a duo particularly active in the 1950s. They consisted…

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The Jelly Beans – “I Wanna Love Him So Bad”

Who are the Jelly Beans? The Jelly Beans are one of those bands who were fleetingly active, in this case,…

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The History of the Chambers Brothers

Career in a summary The Chambers Brothers are a racially-integrated American band founded during their formative years in the early…

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The Friends of Distinction – “Grazing in the Grass”

Introduction to the Friends of Distinction The Friends of Distinction were an R&B vocal group whose original and classic lineup…

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The Floaters and Their Classic Hit “Float On”

Introduction The Floaters were a short-lived R&B vocal group in the 1970s who achieved fleeting fame via their #2 Billboard…

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The Essex of “Easier Said Than Done” Fame

Introduction to the Essex The Essex were an American R&B group mostly remembered for their #1 hit in 1963, “Easier…

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Introduction to War

War had their beginnings in Long Beach, California way back in the early 1960s. High schoolers Howard E. Scott (guitars)…

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History of the Stylistics

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