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Carolyn Crawford - 100% match to Barbara McNair

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1990s
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US-born soul singer Carolyn Crawford won a 1963 talent contest staged by radio station WCHB in Detroit, the prize being a contract with the city’s biggest label, Motown Records. Her debut single, ‘Forget About Me’, proved unsuccessful, but she had a minor US hit in 1964 with Smokey Robinson’s ‘My Smile Is Just A Frown (Turned Upside Down)’. Her thi Read more

Brenda Holloway - 94% match to Barbara McNair

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1990s 2000s
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21 June 1946, Atascadero, California, USA. Holloway began her recording career with three small Los Angeles labels, Donna, Catch and Minasa, in the early 60s, recording under the aegis of producer Hal Davis. In 1964, Holloway made an impromptu performance at a disc jockeys’ convention in California, where she was spotted by a Motown Records talent scout. She signed to Read more

Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers - 82% match to Barbara McNair

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1990s 2000s
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Bobby Taylor (Robert Taylor; lead vocals), Tommy Chong (b. Thomas B. Kin Chong, 24 May 1938, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; guitar/vocals), Eddie Patterson (guitar), Wes Henderson (bass), Robbie King (keyboards) and Ted Lewis (drums) joined forces in Vancouver, Canada in the mid-60s. Originally known as Little Daddy And The Bachelors, they were signed to Motown Records in 1967 a Read more

The Monitors - 81% match to Barbara McNair

Genres: Doo Wop R&B / Soul
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Kim Weston - 68% match to Barbara McNair

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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Agatha Natalie Weston, 20 December 1939, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Kim Weston received her musical education with the Wright Specials gospel group, an influence that survived throughout her subsequent career. Torn between pursuing music or acting, she was persuaded to join the Motown Records label in the early 60s by Johnny Thornton, the cousin of two of the label’s top Read more

Shorty Long - 51% match to Barbara McNair

Decades Active: 1960s 1990s 2000s
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Frederick Earl Long, 20 May 1940, Birmingham, Alabama, USA, d. 29 June 1969, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Multi-instrumentalist Long received tutelage from W.C. Handy and Alvin Robinson before joining Harvey Fuqua’s Tri-Phi label in 1961. This Detroit-based company was later acquired by Motown Records and Long acted as master of ceremonies on his new outlet’s touring re Read more

Eddie Holland - 48% match to Barbara McNair

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s
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30 October 1939, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Like his brother Brian Holland, Eddie was active in the Detroit music scene from the mid-50s onwards, leading the Fidelatones vocal group, and producing demo recordings for Jackie Wilson. In 1958, he met Berry Gordy, who produced a series of solo singles for Holland on Mercury Records and United Artists Records. Gordy signed Holland t Read more

Marv Johnson - 47% match to Barbara McNair

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1990s 2000s
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Marvin Earl Johnson, 15 October 1938, Detroit, Michigan, USA, d. 16 May 1993, Columbia, South Carolina, USA. The gospel training that Johnson received as a teenager in the Junior Serenaders was a major influence on his early R&B releases. In 1958, he formed a partnership with the young Berry Gordy, who was then working as a songwriter and producer for Jackie Wilson. Gord Read more

The Velvelettes - 46% match to Barbara McNair

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1990s 2000s
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Two pairs of sisters, Millie and Cal Gill, and Bertha and Norma Barbee, formed the original Velvelettes line-up in 1961 at Western Michigan State University. After recording a one-off single, ‘There He Goes’, for IPG Records in 1963, they were signed to Motown Records, where they were placed in the hands of fledgling producer Norman Whitfield. This partnership spawned Read more

Chuck Jackson - 45% match to Barbara McNair

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s
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The Elgins - 45% match to Barbara McNair

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1990s
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US-born Johnny Dawson, Cleo Miller and Robert Fleming, later replaced by Norbert McClean, sang together in three Detroit vocal groups in the late 50s, the Sensations, the Five Emeralds and the Downbeats. Under the last of these names, they recorded two singles for Motown Records in 1959 and 1962. Also in 1962, Saundra Mallett (later Saundra Mallett Edwards) issued ‘Camel W Read more

R. Dean Taylor - 43% match to Barbara McNair

Decades Active: 1970s 2000s
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Toronto, Canada. Taylor remains the most successful white artist to emerge from the Motown Records stable. The protégé of writer/producer Brian Holland, he worked on many of the mid-60s hits produced by the Holland / Dozier / Holland partnership, and later claimed to have helped to compose several songs credited to them. He began his recording career in 1965 wi Read more

Jimmy Ruffin - 41% match to Barbara McNair

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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7 May 1939, Collinsville, Mississippi, USA. The son of a minister, Ruffin was born into a musical family: his brother, David Ruffin, and cousin, Melvin Franklin, both became mainstays of the Temptations. Ruffin abandoned his gospel background to become a session singer in the early 60s, joining the Motown Records stable in 1961 for a one-off single before he was drafted for Read more

The Fantastic Four - 41% match to Barbara McNair

Genres: Funk R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in Detroit in 1965 by ‘Sweet’ James Epps (30 March 1947, d. 11 September 2000), Wallace Childs and Ralph and Joseph Pruitt. This excellent quartet’s early releases were influenced by the hoarse, urgent style of the Four Tops. After three of the group’s singles, ‘The Whole World Is A Stage’, ‘You Gave Me Something’ (both 1967) an Read more

Al Wilson - 36% match to Barbara McNair

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 2000s
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Allen LaMar Wilson, 19 June 1939, Meridian, Mississippi, USA, d. 21 April 2008, Fontana, California, USA. Wilson was a former member of the Jewels, and also the Rollers, a San Bernardino, California-based quartet who scored a hit in 1961 with ‘The Continental Walk’. He was later signed as a solo act to Soul City, a short-lived label owned by singer Johnny Rivers. & Read more

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