History of Rhythm and Blues

a saxophonist and a guitarist performing on the stage

Rhythm and blues, also called rhythm & blues or R&B, is a type of music genre predominantly performed in the African communities during the 1940s. Rhythm and blues was also responsible for developing subsequent genres, notably rock and roll, doo-wop, disco, and hip hop or rap music, among many others. Where did … Read more

Artist Profile: Toto

Formed in 1977 in Los Angeles, California, Toto is a rock band that is currently composed of David Paich on keyboards and vocals, Steve Lukather on guitars and vocals, Joseph Williams on lead vocals, and Steve Porcaro on keyboards. Aside from being a rock band, Toto is also known for their different … Read more

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

One-hit wonders: The Weather Girls

The Weather Girls

The Weather Girls The Weather Girls are a female R&B and dance music duo originally consisting of Izora Armstead and Martha Wash. Initially known as Two Tons o’Fun, the Weather Girls scored a big hit and now- camp oldies classic hit (as well as party anthem and “gay anthem”) “It’s Raining Men” … 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: Daryl Hall & John Oates (aka Hall & Oates)

Hall & Oates

Introduction Daryl Hall & John Oates aka Hall and Oates were one of the most popular acts during the late 70s to mid 80s music. Their music consists of classic rock and roll, new wave and blue-eyed soul, sometimes they themselves referred to their style as “rock soul. The duo tasted their … 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

Artist Biography: Brenda and the Tabulations

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 of Brenda Payton, Eddie Jackson, Jerry Jones and Maurice Coates. They amassed several hits from the mid-60s music to early 70s music era. In 1971, the three male members left the group … Read more

Artist Biography: Brook Benton

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 pop chart hits particularly from the late 50s to early 60s music era, although he also scored sizable hits up to the 1970s. He wrote or co-wrote many of his big hits … 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

James Brown and His Backing Group The JB’s

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 the Macks, The First Family, A.A.B.B., Fred Wesley and The J.B.’s, The JB Horns and the Last Word), were a supporting band of musicians formed and led by legendary funk/soul singer James … 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

One-Hit Wonders: Brighter Side of Darkness

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 and success in the early 70s music scene was their single “Love Jones.” It reached the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100 and Top 10 of the Billboard R&B singles chart. … Read more

Alvin Cash and the Crawlers

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) and his brothers. From his hometown in St. Louis, Missouri, Cash and his three brothers moved to Chicago, Illinois where they eventually got signed to One-der-ful Records. Their biggest was a single … Read more

Bobby Hebb and His Famous Song “Sunny”

Bobby Hebb

Introduction to Bobby Hebb Bobby Hebb (born in 1938 – died in 2010) was an American singer-songwriter best known for his best-selling 60s music era single “Sunny,” now an oldies music classic pop tune. Born to blind parents who were also both musicians, he entered show business at age three when he … Read more

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 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 Music of the “Philly Soul” Group, Blue Magic

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 music era. Founded and led by Ted Mills, they generated a handful of Billboard pop and R&B chart smashes such as “Look Me Up,” “Stop to Start,” “Three Ring Circus” and … Read more

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

B.T. Express

  Introduction B.T. Express was one of the funk/disco/soul acts who enjoyed a string of hits during the 70s music era. The Brooklyn, New York-based group, formed in the early 70s music era scored four Top 40 hits the Billboard Hot 100 during their heyday: “Do It (‘Til You’re Satisfied),” “Express,” “Give … Read more

Dennis Coffey and the Detroit Guitar Band

Dennis Coffey

Introduction to Dennis Coffey and the Detroit Guitar Band Dennis Coffey (born Dennis James Coffey in Detroit, Michigan in 1940) is an American guitarist, who was one of the first few white musicians at that time who did session work with many soul and R&B recording, including the ones for Motown Records. … 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

Carl Carlton and His Hit “Everlasting Love”

Carl Carlton

Introduction: Carl Carlton is an American artist who sings R&B, soul and funk. Born in Detroit, Michigan in 1953, he started his career during the 1960s when he was still a kid. In 1968, he signed a contract with Back Beat Records, after which he moved to Texas. His single for Back … Read more

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

Bunker Hill

Introduction to Bunker Hill Bunker Hill (born David Walker on May 5, 1941 – died in the 1980s) was an American R&B/soul/gospel singer, born David Walker in Washington D. C. He started out as a boxer, a heavyweight contender who previously sparred with Archie Moore. Walker then left the boxing profession to … 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

Ashford and Simpson, the Husband and Wife Music Duo

Ashford and Simpson

Introduction to Ashford and Simpson Ashford & Simpson are a husband, Nickolas “Nick” Ashford (5/4/1942 – 8/22/2011) & wife, Valerie Simpson (born 8/26/1946) R&B recording & songwriting duo.  In the mid 1960’s after having little success as the vocal duo “Valerie & Nick” they joined former Ikette member Josie Jo Armstead to … Read more

The Short Music Career of Bell and James

Bell and James

Introduction to Bell & James Bell and James were an American duo hailing form Philadelphia, Pennsylvannia.  LeRoy Bell and Casey James had worked together previously as songwriters and also as both members of Special Blend before they got together as a duo.  They were signed to A&M Records to record a full … Read more

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

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 from Los Angeles, California consisting of original members: lead singer Edna Wright, Carolyn Willis and Shelley Clark. All three members had sung in other groups: Willis was a member of The Girlfriends, … Read more