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Rhythm and Blues Singers and Groups

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  • Percy Sledge (1940 - 2015)
    Percy Tyrone Sledge (November 25, 1940 – April 14, 2015) was an American R&B, soul, gospel, and traditional rhythm and blues singer. He is best known for the song "When a Man Loves a Woman", a N...
  • William Guest (1941 - 2015)
    Guest was an American R&B/soul singer, best known as a member of Gladys Knight & the Pips. He was Gladys Knight's cousin. Guest, along with the group, was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in ...
  • Gladys Knight
    Gladys is an American recording artist, songwriter and actress. A seven-time Grammy Award-winner, she is best known for the hits she recorded during the 1960s and 1970s, for both the Motown and Buddah ...
  • Linda Jones (1944 - 1972)
    Linda Jones (December 14, 1944 - March 14, 1972)[1] was an American soul singer with a strong gospel-influenced style. Biography Jones was born in Newark, New Jersey. She started singing in her f...
  • Jesse Lorenzo Belvin (1932 - 1960)
    Jesse Lorenzo Belvin (December 15, 1932 – February 6, 1960) was an American R&B singer, pianist and songwriter popular in the 1950s, whose success was cut short by his death in a car crash aged ...

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.

Singers

List of R&B musicians

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Record Labels

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


Songwriters

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

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

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