History of Soul Music

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 United States during the late 1950s. It may seem that soul has a lot in common with R&B, but if you will listen closely, soul has a greater emphasis on vocalists, it … Read more

Music Legends: Ray Charles

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 important figures of soul during the 50s and 60s music era. He is called “The Genius” of soul music. He combined soul, R&B, gospel, pop and country to create enduring oldies classic … Read more

Music Legends: Otis Redding

Music Legends: Otis Redding

Introduction The late Otis Redding was one of the popular artists during the 60s music era. He is now one of oldies music’s legends, and his influence cannot be denied, even almost 50 years after his untimely death. He was a soul and R&B singer-songwriter who was known as “the voice of … Read more

Music Legends: Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston

  Introduction Whitney Houston was an American singer, actress, film and record producer. She first rose to fame during the 80s music era and her fame was extended well into the 1990s. Houston is known for her megahits: “Saving All My Love for You,” “How Will I Know,” “Greatest Love of All,” … Read more

Artists Profile: Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie

Introduction Lionel Richie is one of the most successful artists from the 80s music era, only to be eclipsed by Michael Jackson and Prince. Richie first gained recognition as one of the members of the R&B/soul group the Commodores. After he left the group during the early 80s he embarked on a … Read more

Artists Profile: Chairmen of the Board

Chairmen of the Board

Introduction Chairmen of the Board was an American soul group mostly active during the 70s music era. Their famous hits include “Give Me Just a Little More Time,” “Pay to the Piper,” “(You’ve Me) Dangling on the String,” and “Everything’s Tuesday.” They are considered one of the most popular and smoothest soul … Read more

Artist Biography: Arthur Conley

Arthur Conley

Introduction Arthur Conley (1946-2003) is the late American soul singer-songwriter who attained a considerable success during the 60s music era. He is known for his #2 Billboard pop and R&B hit “Sweet Soul Music.” The hit single was actually re-written by Conley and his mentor and another oldies music legend Otis Redding, … Read more

The Life and Music of Ruth Brown

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 blues and R&B repertoire. It was under Atlantic Records where Brown gained prominence especially during the 50s music era, scoring a series of Top 10 R&B hits like “So Long,” “I’ll Wait … Read more

Introduction to Eddie Holland

Eddie Holland

Who is Eddie Holland? Eddie Holland Jr. (born Edward Holland in Detroit, Michigan in 1939) is an American recording artist, songwriter and record producer best known as being part of the Holland-Dozier-Holland songwriting and production team, along with his own brother Brian, and another member Lamont Dozier. They were responsible for writing … Read more

The Funk Music of Bloodstone

Bloodstone

Introduction to Bloodstone Bloodstone is a American funk/R&B/soul act formed in Kansas City, Missouri during the early 1960s. Led by guitarist and lead singer Charles Love, they were initially a doo-wop group, but as the years followed Bloodstone had begun to change gears and evolve to become one of the most recognizable … Read more

The History of R&B Legends The Clovers

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 lone Top 40 hit single “Love Potion #9.” The R&B vocal group composed of Harold Lucas, Billy Shelton and Thomas Woods – all were Armstrong High School students in Washington, D.C. With … Read more

The Life and Music of Betty Harris

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 Deep Soul. She was born in Orlando, Florida in 1939 but grew up in Alabama. She sang gospel at a local church choir, but she also favored secular music. Harris started her professional … Read more