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80s Music

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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80s Music

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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70s Music

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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70s Music

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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60s Music

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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60s Music

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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80s Music

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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70s Music

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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80s Music

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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80s Music

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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70s Music

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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70s Music

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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60s Music

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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60s Music

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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70s Music

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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70s Music

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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60s Music

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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60s Music

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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60s Music

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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70s Music

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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60s Music

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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60s Music

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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70s Music

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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70s Music

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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60s Music

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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60s Music

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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70s Music

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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60s Music

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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60s Music

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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60s Music

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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60s Music

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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70s Music

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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70s Music

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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60s Music

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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70s Music

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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70s Music

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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60s Music

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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80s Music

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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60s Music

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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70s Music

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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60s Music

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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70s Music

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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60s Music

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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60s Music

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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60s Music

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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60s Music

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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60s Music

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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60s Music

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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60s Music

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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70s Music

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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70s Music

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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All Music

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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All Music

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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All Music

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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60s Music

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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60s Music

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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60s Music

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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60s Music

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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70s Music

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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60s Music

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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60s Music

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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60s Music

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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60s Music

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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60s Music

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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60s Music

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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60s Music

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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60s Music

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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60s Music

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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60s Music

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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60s Music

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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60s Music

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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60s Music

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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60s Music

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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70s Music

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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60s Music

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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70s Music

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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70s Music

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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70s Music

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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60s Music

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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60s Music

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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70s Music

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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70s Music

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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60s Music

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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60s Music

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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70s Music

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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60s Music

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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60s Music

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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60s Music

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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60s Music

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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60s Music

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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70s Music

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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70s Music

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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60s Music

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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70s Music

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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60s Music

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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70s Music

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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70s Music

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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70s Music

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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60s Music

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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60s Music

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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70s Music

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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70s Music

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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60s Music

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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70s Music

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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60s Music

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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60s Music

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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70s Music

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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60s Music

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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60s Music

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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60s Music

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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60s Music

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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60s Music

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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70s Music

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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60s Music

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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70s Music

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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70s Music

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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70s Music

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

One of the defining Philly soul acts The Stylistics is one of the most popular groups to come out of…

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Introduction to Gladys Knight and the Pips

Introduction Gladys Knight & The Pips were a family R&B/soul vocal group. Together with Knight are her cousins who served…

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The Music of Hot Chocolate

Introduction Known for their global hit “You Sexy Thing,” British pop band Hot Chocolate started out in 1969, formed by…

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Introduction to the Commodores

Where, why and how was the group formed? The roots of the Commodores were in Tuskegee, Alabama in the late…

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The Short Life and Career of Tony Clarke

Introduction to Tony Clarke Tony Clarke (1940-1971) was an American soul singer-songwriter whose claim to fame during his short lifetime…

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History of B.B. King

An Introduction To One of the Most Influential Guitarists of All Time B.B. King (birth name Riley B. King) is…

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Robert John – “Sad Eyes”

Introduction to Robert John Born Robert John Pedrick Jr. in 1946, Robert John is an American singer-songwriter possessing a falsetto…

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Introduction to Rita Coolidge

Introduction to Rita Coolidge The very versatile and Grammy Award-winning vocalist Rita Coolidge is known for her hit songs “We’re…

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Shirley Ellis – “The Name Game”

Introduction to Shirley Ellis Shirley Ellis was an American R&B/soul singer-songwriter best-known for a number of hit such as “The…

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The Bobbettes – “Mr. Lee”

Introduction to the Bobbettes The Bobbettes were an American R&B group. Their first single, the uptempo track called “Mr. Lee”,…

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The Danleers – “One Summer Night”

Introduction to the Danleers The Danleers were an American R&B/doo-wop vocal group in the 1950s-1960s. The band’s single “One Summer…

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Denise LaSalle, Queen of the Blues

Introduction to Denise LaSalle Denise LaSalle is a R&B/soul singer songwriter who achieved an R&B chart-topper with “Trapped By A…

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Major Lance — One of the Major Figures of 1960s Chicago Soul

Introduction to Major Lance Major Lance was an American R&B singer who was famed for 1963 single “Um, Um, Um,…

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Major Harris – “Love Won’t Let Me Wait”

Introduction to Major Harris Major Harris was an American rhythm and blues singer who had collaborated with various groups including…

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King Curtis – The Saxophone Virtuoso

Introduction to King Curtis King Curtis was an American professional saxophone player and sometime bandleader and session musician. He once…

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Who are The Jones Girls?

Introduction to the Jones Girls Sisters Brenda, Valorie and Shirley Jones started their career as the R&B/soul group the Jones…

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The Legendary Sammy Davis Jr.

Introduction Sammy Davis Jr. is considered one of the legendary all-around entertainers. Initially a tap dancer, he fought against all…

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The Story of the Dramatics

Introduction The Dramatics were an R&B/soul/pop vocal group originating from Detroit, Michigan in the USA. Before labeling themselves as The…

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History of Kool and the Gang

Introduction Kool & the Gang are a New Jersey-originated jazz/R&B/funk/soul band that have become one of the successful groups on…

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Facts of Life – “Sometimes”

Brief career summary Facts of Life was an American soul and disco group, assembled in the 1970s by singer Millie…

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Introduction to the 1970s balladeers Enchantment

Who is Enchantment? Enchantment are an R&B and soul vocal band, formed in Detroit, Michigan in 1967 Under the label,…

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History of Larry Graham

Introduction to Larry Graham Larry Graham is an American bass player and soul singer who is credited with the slapping…

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Introduction to Rose Royce

Formation as Total Concept Unlimited Formed in Los Angeles, California, the band that would be Rose Royce started as an…

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Introduction to Rufus

A little bit of introduction about the group Rufus was a multi-racial American funk group who produced one of the…

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The Coasters — R&B and Rock ‘n Roll Legends

Introduction The Coasters were an American doo-wop/R&B/rock and roll group first formed in Los Angeles, California in 1955. The Coasters’…

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Biography of Clarence Carter

Early life and teaming with Calvin Scott Clarence George Carter was born on January 14, 1936 in Montgomery, Alabama. Blind…

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The Edsels – “Rama Lama Ding Dong”

Introduction to the Edsels Known today primarily for their hit single “Rama Lama Ding Dong,” the Edsels were formed in…

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The Romantic Chicago Soul of Tyrone Davis

Who is Tyrone Davis? Tyrone Davis was an American soul singer, also known as Tyrone The Wonder Boy. For the…

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William Bell – “You Don’t Miss Your Water”

Introduction to William Bell William Bell is an American R&B and soul singer-songwriter who has achieved a degree of success…

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Teresa Brewer – the Versatile Singer

Introduction to Teresa Brewer Teresa Brewer was an American popular singer. She started singing when she was quite young, and…

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Shirley Brown – “Woman to Woman”

Introduction to Shirley Brown Shirley Brown is an American R&B singer best known for his #1 R&B hit single, “Woman…

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The Chantels – “Maybe”

Introduction to the Chantels The Chantels, an all-girl African-American group, took part on the airwaves in the late 1950s, tackling…

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Betty Everett – “The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in His Kiss)”

Introduction to Betty Everett Betty Everett was an American R&B and soul singer as well as pianist. Everett released the…

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Introduction to Average White Band

The band’s career in summary Average White Band (AWB) is a Scottish funk, disco, soul and R&B band that had…

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History of the Temptations

One of the most important acts to come out of the 20th century is the R&B/soul vocal group the Temptations.…

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Introduction to Chi-Lites

Formation and early days Unlike many emerging sweet-sounding soul vocal groups at that period who hailed from Memphis, Tennessee or…

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Jimmy Clanton: More Than Just a Teen Idol

Introduction to Jimmy Clanton Jimmy Clanton (born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) is an American singer. Clanton hit the peak of…

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The Dreamlovers – “When We Get Married”

Short introduction to The Dreamlovers Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s The Dreamlovers appeared on the music scene in the early 1960s with two…

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Shorty Long – “Here Comes the Judge”

Introduction to Shorty Long Frederick Earl “Shorty” Long was an R&B singer-songwriter and a multi-instrumentalist known for his 1968 song…

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Luther Ingram – “(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want to Be Right”

Introduction to Luther Ingram Luther Ingram was an American R&B singer-songwriter, popular in the 1970s. He achieved his first R&B…

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History of James Brown

The Inventor of Funk and The Godfather of Soul James Brown is one of the most influential artists, leading him…

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Introduction to the Staple Singers

A family that loves music The family patriarch and founder of the Staple Singers was Roebuck Staples who was born…

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Biography of Tommy Edwards

A short introduction to Tommy Edwards Tommy Edwards (1922-1969) was an R&B/jazz/pop American singer, songwriter and pianist, born in Richmond,…

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Biography of Barbara Mason

Introduction Known for her self-penned Top 10 hit song “Yes, I’m Ready” in 1965, sweet-voiced Barbara Mason exemplified the “Philly…

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Introduction to The Emotions

Who are the Emotions? The Emotions were an all-girl R&B group who hailed from Chicago, Illinois. They consisted of three…

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Biography of Millie Jackson

Her career in a summary Mildred “Millie” Jackson is an American R&B and soul singer and songwriter. She is also…

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Introduction to Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes

 Formation and early career phase Despite the group’s name carrying founder (and sometime lead singer) Harold Melvin’s name, it was…

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Biography of Natalie Cole

Introduction Natalie Cole was an American African-American singer, songwriter and musician. More than just the daughter of the legendary crooner…

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Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder was born Stevie Hardaway Judkins on May 13, 1950 in Saginaw, Michigan. He has been blind since infancy.…

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Introduction to Chuck Berry

Welcome to our site for Chuck Berry. Here you will find videos, resources, articles, news and much more all about…

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The Devotions – Third Time’s the Charm with “Rip Van Winkle”

Short career summation on the Devotions The Devotions are a doo-wop group known for their novelty song “Rip Van Winkle”…

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Eruption – “I Can’t Stand the Rain”

Short career summary Eruption is an R&B/disco band formed in the London, UK in 1974. After a few minor successes,…

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The Adlibs – “The Boy from New York City”

Short career summary of the Adlibs The Ad Libs were a black Doo-wop group from Bayonne, NJ. In late 1964…

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The Crests – “Sixteen Candles”

The Crests were an interracial R&B/doo-wop vocal group who achieved the peak of their career in the late 1950s until…

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Introduction to Roy Hamilton

Introduction to Roy Hamilton Roy Hamilton was an American singer best know for his versions of “You’ll Never Walk Alone”…

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Biography of Rufus Thomas

Born to entertain Oldies music fans could very well call Rufus Thomas an all-around entertainer. Aside from being a singer…

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The Free Movement – “I’ve Found Someone of My Own”

A short introduction to The Free Movement The R&B group The Free Movement’s career was fleeting, highlighted by their only…

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Marv Johnson – the Artist with the First Motown Single

Career summary on Marv Johnson Marv Johnson was a Michigan-born singer-songwriter and pianist, known in the modern music history as…

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Introduction to Al Hibbler

Short career summary on Al Hibbler Al Hibbler was a baritone singer, blind from birth. His versatility led him to…

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Jan Bradley – “Mama Didn’t Lie”

Introduction to Jan Bradley Jan Bradley is an American soul singer-songwriter who is best known for her 1963 hit R&B…

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The Fuzz – “I Love You for All Seasons”

Introduction to the Fuzz The Fuzz were an American all-girl R&B vocal trio. D.C., initially calling themselves The Passionettes. The…

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Biography of Maxine Brown

Introduction to one of the most underrated singers Maxine Brown is an American R&B, soul and gospel songstress from the…

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History of the Dells

Introduction The Dells were an R&B vocal group, formed in Harvey, Illinois in 1952. The original members were Johnny Funches,…

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The Flirtations – “Nothing But a Heartache”

Introduction to the Flirtations The Flirtations were an all-girl R&B vocal group who started their professional career in the 1960s.…

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Mel Carter – “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me”

A short summary on Mel Carter’s career Mel Carter is a R&B and pop singer principally famous for his 1965…

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Introduction to Eddie Harris

Introduction Eddie Harris (born in 1934 – died in 1996) was an American jazz musician and comic recording artist, proficient…

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History of Eddie Holman

Introduction Eddie Holman (born in Norfolk, Virginia in 1946), is an American singer who performs in several genres such as…

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The History of Don Covay

Introduction Don Covay (born in 1938) is an American singer-songwriter distinguished for his compositions for other artists as well as…

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The History of Dobie Gray

Introduction Dobie Gray (born Lawrence Darrow Brown in 1940 – died in 2011) was an American R&B/soul/country/pop whose claim to…

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The Amazing Nappy Brown

  Nappy Brown and his music at a glance Nappy Brown was an American R&B singer who was known for…

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Introduction to Bobby Hendricks

Introduction Bobby Hendricks (born in 1938, in Columbus, Ohio) is an American singer-songwriter who built his reputation by being a…

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Introduction to Bobby Freeman

Introduction Bobby Freeman (born in 1940) is an American R&B/soul/pop singer-songwriter best remembered for his 1958 single “Do You Wanna…

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Bill Doggett and His “Honky Tonk” Hit

Introduction Bill Doggett (born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1916 – died in 1996) was an American R&B jazz pianist, organist…

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Arthur Alexander – Country and R&B Pioneer

What is Arthur Alexander’s most successful song? Alexander’s most successful hit was the R&B classic “You Better Move On” which…

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Introduction to Eddie Floyd

Introduction to Eddie Floyd Eddie Floyd (born Eddie Lee Floyd in 1937 in Montgomery, Alabama) is an African-American R&B singer-songwriter.…

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The Story of Barbara Lynn

Introduction Barbara Lynn (Ozen) is a Texan-born R&B guitarist and singer-songwriter. She learned to play piano, but got hooked up…

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Barbara Lewis – “Hello Stranger”

Introduction to Barbara Lewis Barbara Lewis is considered one of the pioneers of R&B due to her smooth style and…

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Introduction to the Chiffons

Who are the Chiffons? The Chiffons were an African-American all-girl vocal group primarily known for their hits “He’s So Fine”…

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KC and the Sunshine Band

The band’s career in a summary KC and the Sunshine Band is an American funk/R&B/disco group known for their hits…

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Introduction to Parliament

George Clinton: the founder of Parliament (as well as Funkadelic and P-Funk) The architect of Parliament, Funkadelic and P-Funk was…

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The Prince of Soul, Marvin Gaye

Short introduction to Marvin Gaye Marvin Gaye was an American R&B/soul/funk singer-songwriter and musician who was responsible trailblazing a new…

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Meet “The Reverend” Al Green

Who is Al Green? Al Green is one of the most influential soul singers the 20th century has ever produced.…

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Little Richard – The Rock and Roll Dynamo

Who doesn’t know Little Richard and his iconic style? He was a force in the forming of modern rock and…

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Earth, Wind and Fire – One of the biggest acts of the 1970s

Introduction to Earth, Wind and Fire Grammy Award-winning Earth, Wind and Fire are one of the most popular, commercially successful…

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