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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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History of Soul Music

Soul music is a combination of gospel music and Rhythm and Blues or R&B. And it all began in the…

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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 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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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: Arthur Conley

  Introduction Arthur Conley (1946-2003) is the late American soul singer-songwriter who attained a considerable success during the 60s music…

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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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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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James Brown and His Backing Group The JB’s

Introduction to The JB’s The JB’s (also billed under the names The J.B.s, The James Brown Soul Train, Maceo and…

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Introduction to Eddie Holland

Who is Eddie Holland? Eddie Holland Jr. (born Edward Holland in Detroit, Michigan in 1939) is an American recording artist,…

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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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Dennis Coffey and the Detroit Guitar Band

Introduction to Dennis Coffey and the Detroit Guitar Band Dennis Coffey (born Dennis James Coffey in Detroit, Michigan in 1940)…

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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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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 Life and Music of Betty Harris

  Introduction to Betty Harris Betty Harris is an American soul singer who has been esteemed particularly by fans of…

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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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The Short Music Career of Bell and James

Introduction to Bell & James Bell and James were an American duo hailing form Philadelphia, Pennsylvannia.  LeRoy Bell and Casey…

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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 Flaming Ember

Introduction to The Flaming Ember The Flaming Ember was one of the few white soul bands to figure on the…

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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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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 Barretto – Puerto Rico’s Musical Pride

  Introduction to Ray Baretto Ray Barretto (born April 29, 1929, died February 17, 2006) was born in Brooklyn, New…

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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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The Story and Music of Leon Haywood

Introduction to Leon Haywood Leon Haywood (born in 1942 in Houston, Texas) is an American funk/soul singer-songwriter and keyboardist, as…

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Biography of Len Barry

Introduction to Len Barry Len Barry (born Leonard Borisoff in Philadelphia, PA on June 12, 1942) is a retired blue-eyed…

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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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The Soul Music of Jerry Butler

  Introduction to Jerry Butler Jerry Butler (born in 1939 in Sunflower, Mississippi) is an American R&B and soul singer-songwriter,…

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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Theola Kilgore – “The Love of My Man”

Introduction to Theola Kilgore Theola Kilgore was an American soul and gospel singer. She had been singing gospel since she…

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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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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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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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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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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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Ace Cannon – One of the premiere saxophonists during his day

Short career summary on Ace Cannon Ace Cannon is an American tenor and alto saxophonist born in Mississippi in 1934.…

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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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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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El Chicano – “Viva Tirado”

Who are El Chicano? El Chicano are an American music group formed in the 1970s, whose repertoire include chicano rock…

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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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The Crusaders – “Street Life”

Introduction to the Crusaders The Crusaders are a group of musicians who are distinctively versatile — having their roots in…

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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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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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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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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 Cadets – “Stranded in the Jungle”

Introduction to the Cadets The Cadets are a doo-wop group, formed in Los Angeles in the late 1940s.They started as…

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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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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 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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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 Hues Corporation – “Rock the Boat”

Introduction to the Hues Corporation The Hues Corporation were an American soul/pop/disco act known for their #1 1974 hit “Rock…

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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 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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Introduction to Ohio Players

From The Ohio Untouchables to Ohio Players Ohio Players’ lineup, throughout their lifetime, had been constantly shifting. It was in…

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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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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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Introduction to the Delfonics

A summary on the Philly soul pioneers The Delfonics were an R&B/soul vocal group, known for pioneering the Philly soul…

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R.B. Greaves – “Take a Letter, Maria”

R.B. Greaves’ short career summary R. B. Greaves was an American pop and soul singer whose 1969 single “Take A…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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History of the Doobie Brothers

How the Doobie Brothers was formed? The Doobie Brothers are primarily known for their 70s music era-hit “What a Fool…

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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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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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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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Biography of Johnnie Taylor

Taylor’s early career and association with Sam Cooke Johnnie Taylor might well be known especially for oldies music fans as…

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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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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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Biography of Boz Scaggs

Early life and career Blue-eyed soul, classic rock and jazz singer Boz Scaggs was born William Royce Scaggs on June…

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The Blue Jays – One-Hit Wonders with “Lovers Island”

Brief introduction to the Blue Jays The Blue Jays were an American vocal doo-woop group who surfaced fleetingly in 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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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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History of Aretha Franklin

An Introduction to the Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin is hailed as one of the most successful female performers of…

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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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Joe Hinton – “Funny How Time Slips Away”

Introduction to Joe Hinton Joe Hinton (1929-1968) was an American gospel/R&B/soul singer, born in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Hinton was a gospel…

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The Lost Generation – “The Sly, Slick and Wicked”

Introducing the Lost Generation The Lost Generation were an R&B/soul vocal group hailing from Chicago, Illinois. Some of the members…

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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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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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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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Introduction to Three Dog Night

Formation of the band Three Dog Night Three Dog Night is an American pop/rock/blue-eyed soul band originating from Los Angeles,…

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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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