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  • Curtis Mayfield (1942 - 1999)
    Curtis Mayfield's Greatest Hits Full Album - Best Songs Of Curtis Mayfield Curtis Lee Mayfield (June 3, 1942 – December 26, 1999) was a soul, R&B, and funk singer-songwriter, guitarist, and ...
  • Billy Stewart (1937 - 1970)
    Billy Stewart (March 24, 1937 – January 17, 1970) was an American musical artist, with a highly distinctive scat-singing style, who enjoyed popularity in the 1960s. Biography Stewart was 1...
  • Prince
    Prince Rogers Nelson (born June 7, 1958), known by his mononym Prince , is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actor. He has produced ten platinum albums and thirty Top 40 singles...
  • Sammy Strain
    Sammy Strain, who was a member of both Little Anthony and the Imperials and the O'Jays.[3] Strain is one of the few artists in music history that is a double Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, having...
  • Yvonne Fair (1942 - 1994)
    Yvonne Fair got her start as a latter-day member of the Chantels and the James Brown Revue. Signed to Motown in the early ’70s as a result of her work with Chuck Jackson, she appeared in a min...

Rhythm and Blues (R&B) singers and groups since 1965 and 1970, many of which started in the United States. Wikipedia

We have to give props to the musicians that made all this possible!

  • Standing in the Shadows of Motown -- The Funk Brothers, Motown -- The Funk Brothers -- Film Documentary Soundtrack. In 1959, Berry Gordy gathered the best musicians from Detroit's thriving jazz and blues scene to begin cutting songs for his new record company. Over a fourteen year period they were the heartbeat on "My Girl," "Bernadette," I Was Made to Love Her," and every other hit from Motown's Detroit era.

By the end of their phenomenal run, this unheralded group of musicians had played on more number ones hits than the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones, Elvis and the Beatles combined - which makes them the greatest hit machine in the history of popular music. They called themselves the Funk Brothers.



List of R&B musicians



Record Labels

  • Arista Records
  • Atlantic Records
  • Motown
  • Anna
  • Tamla
  • Gordy
  • Soul
  • V.I.P.


List of number-one rhythm and blues hits (United States)

List of artists who reached number one on the Billboard R&B chart