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The Jones Girls - 100% match to Ashford & Simpson

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This US vocal trio comprised Brenda Jones, Shirley Jones and Valerie Jones (17 April 1956, d. 2 December 2001), and first came to public attention after backing Diana Ross on tour. In the past they had opened for artists including B.B. King, the Four Tops and Little Richard. It was through Ross that they gained their first studio session, but it was not until 1977 that they Read more

Dwele - 83% match to Ashford & Simpson

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Andwele Gardner, Detroit, Michigan, USA. That this innovative nu soul artist’s full first name means ‘God has brought me’ in Swahili is frequently cited as fitting for a man considered as an outstanding talent. This may be overstating the case but, nevertheless, the former rapper’s juxtaposition of R&B, spoken word, jazz and the swagger of underground Read more

Stephanie Mills - 82% match to Ashford & Simpson

Genres: Disco Electronic & Ambient R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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22 March 1957, Brooklyn, New York, USA. Mills found early fame at the age of nine, winning an influential talent show at Harlem’s famous Apollo Theatre for six weeks running. Soon afterwards, she appeared on Broadway in the play Maggie Flynn. She toured with the Isley Brothers, and in 1973, recorded her debut, Movin’ In The Right Direction, for the Paramount label. Read more

L.T.D. - 67% match to Ashford & Simpson

Genres: Disco R&B / Soul
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The Whispers - 64% match to Ashford & Simpson

Genres: Disco Holiday & Seasonal Holiday & Seasonal R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in the Watts section of Los Angeles, California, USA in 1964, soul group the Whispers were originally comprised of Nicholas Caldwell (5 April 1944, Loma Linda, California, USA), twin brothers Wallace and Walter Scott (b. 23 September 1943, Fort Worth, Texas, USA), Marcus Hutson (b. 8 January 1943, St. Louis, Missouri, USA) and Gordy Harmon. The group recorded its firs Read more

Whispers, The - 64% match to Ashford & Simpson

Genres: R&B / Soul
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Shalamar - 60% match to Ashford & Simpson

Genres: Dance Disco Electronic & Ambient Funk Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This act was created by Dick Griffey, booking agent for US television’s Soul Train show, and Simon Soussan, a veteran of UK’s northern soul scene. The latter produced ‘Uptown Festival’, a medley of popular Motown Records favourites, which was issued on Griffey’s Solar label. Although credited to ‘Shalamar’, the track featured session musicians Read more

Change - 58% match to Ashford & Simpson

Genres: Dance Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Although the group was led by Paolo Granolio (guitar) and David Romani (bass), this was ostensibly a studio creation by producers Jacques Fred Petrus and Mauro Malavasi, who first linked to form Goody Music in 1975. With material recorded in Bologna (where the producers’ own 24-track studio was based) and New York, The Glow Of Love launched the group on a high note, with s Read more

Melba Moore - 57% match to Ashford & Simpson

Genres: Christian & Gospel Disco R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Melba Hill, 29 October 1945, New York City, New York, USA. The daughter of singer Bonnie Davis, the New York-based Moore first attracted attention in the 1969 Broadway production of Hair. Although she continued her thespian inclinations, winning a Tony Award for her performance in the musical Purlie, Moore also forged a successful singing career. ‘This Is It’, a mi Read more

Patrice Rushen - 57% match to Ashford & Simpson

Genres: Disco Funk Jazz R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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30 September 1954, Los Angeles, California, USA. Rushen grew up in Los Angeles and attended the University of Southern California. She started learning classical piano when she was three, and turned to jazz in her teens. A group with which she was playing won an award for young musicians at Monterey in 1972. She played with a host of artists, including Abbey Lincoln, Donald Read more

Deniece Williams - 56% match to Ashford & Simpson

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Funk Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Vocals
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Deniece Chandler, 3 June 1951, Gary, Indiana, USA. Williams is a gospel/soul singer whose successes span the 70s and 80s. As a child she sang in a gospel choir and made her first recordings in the late 60s for the Chicago-based Toddlin’ Town label. After training as a nurse, she was hired by Stevie Wonder to join his Wonderlove vocal backing group. She contributed to fo Read more

Evelyn "Champagne" King - 56% match to Ashford & Simpson

Genres: Dance Disco Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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b 1 July 1960, the Bronx, New York City, New York, USA. A former office cleaner at Gamble And Huff’s Sigma Sound studios, King was overheard singing Sam Cooke’s ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’ by Theodore Life, a member of the company’s writing and production staff. He coached the aspiring singer on recording technique and was instrumental in preparing King Read more

Crown Heights Affair - 55% match to Ashford & Simpson

Genres: Dance Disco Electronic & Ambient R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This US disco group, formed in New York City in the early 70s, was initially known as the Neu Day Express. They took their new name from a district of their native Brooklyn. The group comprised Neu Day Express members Philip Thomas (vocals), William Anderson (guitar/vocals), Arnold ‘Muki’ Wilson (bass/vocals) and Raymond Rock (drums/percussion/vocals), alongside James Read more

Jeffrey Osborne - 55% match to Ashford & Simpson

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Vocals
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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9 March 1948, Providence, Rhode Island, USA. The son of a jazz trumpeter, Osborne sang with L.T.D (Love, Togetherness And Devotion) from 1970 until its disbandment 12 years later. However, he remained subject to the L.T.D. contract with A&M Records for whom he recorded five albums as a solo artist. Under George Duke’s supervision, his 1982 self-titled debut album co Read more

Phyllis Hyman - 55% match to Ashford & Simpson

Genres: Disco Jazz R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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6 July 1949, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 30 June 1995, New York, USA. A singer, actress and fashion model, Hyman was one of several acts nurtured by vocalist Norman Connors in the mid-70s. Hyman began singing professionally in 1971, appearing with R&B bands such as New Direction and All The People. Relocating to New York, she worked as a legal secretary during the Read more


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