The History of Dobie Gray

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 music immortality is rested on his 1973 hit “Drift Away”, which had become his signature hit. Primarily intending to be an actor, the Texan-born Brown arrived in Los Angeles in the … Read more

The Amazing Nappy Brown

Nappy Brown

Nappy Brown and his music at a glance Nappy Brown was an American R&B singer who was known for his 1955 Top 40 hit “Don’t Be Angry.” Brown was known for his distinctively melismatic singing. He began his music career as a gospel singer. But when he moved to Newark, New Jersey … Read more

Introduction to Bobby Hendricks

Bobby Hendricks

Introduction Bobby Hendricks (born in 1938, in Columbus, Ohio) is an American singer-songwriter who built his reputation by being a member of The Swallows, The Flyers, and the Drifters. After his short tenure with the Drifters, Hendricks went for a solo career in 1958. He charted two solo singles: one was “Itchy … Read more

Introduction to Bobby Freeman

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 Dance?”. The San Francisco, California-born Freeman began his professional singing/recording career on Dootone Records, with a group called Romancers; and later the West Coast Vocaleers, which Freeman himself formed. Next he moved … Read more

Bill Doggett and His “Honky Tonk” Hit

Bill Doggett

Introduction Bill Doggett (born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1916 – died in 1996) was an American R&B jazz pianist, organist and arranger known for his multi-million selling single “Honky Tonk” in during the 50s music era. This song is now an oldies music classic. Gaining his skills in playing the piano from … Read more

Arthur Alexander – Country and R&B Pioneer

Arthur Alexander

What is Arthur Alexander’s most successful song? Alexander’s most successful hit was the R&B classic “You Better Move On” which was recorded in Muscle Schoals, AL. The song was later covered by the Rolling Stones, the Hollies, George Jones, and Johnny Paycheck. Impressive to say the least. Early life and influences Singer-songwriter … Read more

Introduction to Eddie Floyd

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. He has been known for his long and fruitful association with Stax Records where he was one of the label’s most prolific and productive songwriters. Floyd one of the founding members of … Read more

Barbara Lewis – “Hello Stranger”

Barbara Lewis

Introduction to Barbara Lewis Barbara Lewis is considered one of the pioneers of R&B due to her smooth style and approach. A talented individual, Lewis began writing songs when she was a kid, and was already recording during her teens under the wings of producer Ollie McLaughlin (who also handled the careers … Read more

Introduction to the Chiffons

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” and “One Fine Day.” They were one of the top female groups in the early 1960s. The Chiffons were originally a trio, consisting of Judy Craig on lead vocals, Patricia Bennett and … Read more

KC and the Sunshine Band

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 such as “Please Don’t Go,” “Give It Up,” “I’m Your Boogie Man,” “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty,” “Keep It Comin’ Love,” and “That’s The Way (I Like It).” Hailing from Miami, … Read more

The Prince of Soul, Marvin Gaye

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 sound when he was in Motown Records in the 1960s, as well as his artistic independence helped loosen the reins of other artists. Gaye achieved his first Motown hit single “Stubborn Kind … Read more

Meet “The Reverend” Al Green

Al Green

Who is Al Green? Al Green is one of the most influential soul singers the 20th century has ever produced. Sometimes called Reverend Al Green, the singer-songwriter also recorded many gospel songs aside from the secular material. By the time he released his 1972 album Let’s Stay Together, it became a hit … Read more