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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.


(Those with asterisks (*) after their names have profiles being worked on).


List of R&B musicians


  • A Taste of Honey
  • Sister Sledge
  • The Whispers
  • The Dramatics
  • Gladys Knight and the Pips*
  • Heatwave
  • Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes
  • The Jones Girls
  • The Pointer Sisters
  • Delfonics*
  • The Jackson 5
  • The O'Jays
  • Earth, Wind and Fire
  • The Spinners
  • Chic
  • The Commodores
  • The Floaters
  • Cameo
  • Gap Band
  • GQ
  • DeBarge
  • Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
  • The Marvelettes
  • The Contours
  • Martha Reeves and the Vandellas
  • Diana Ross and the Supremes
  • The Temptations
  • Jr. Walker and the All Stars
  • Four Tops
  • The Undisputed Truth
  • The Sylvers
  • Brenda and the Tabulations*
  • [​p185992/biography The Delicates]
  • 5th Dimension
  • Stylistics*
  • Little Anthony and the Imperials
  • Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions*
  • The Toys
  • The Manhattans


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