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Betty Harris - 100% match to Benny Spellman

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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1943, Orlando, Florida, USA. A former maid to Big Maybelle, with whom she would duet onstage, Harris was subsequently signed to Jubilee Records where her version of Solomon Burke’s hit, ‘Cry To Me’, reached the US R&B Top 10 and national Top 30 in 1963. A follow-up, ‘His Kiss’, was a minor success, but this expressive singer matured upon signing Read more

Ernie K. Doe - 95% match to Benny Spellman

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
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Jessie Hill - 86% match to Benny Spellman

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Doris Troy - 81% match to Benny Spellman

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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Doris Higginsen, 6 January 1937, the Bronx, New York City, New York, USA, d. 16 February 2004, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. The daughter of a Barbadian Pentecostal preacher, Doris Higginsen abandoned her gospel beginnings in favour of a jazz group, the Halos. She recorded as half of Jay And Dee and soon also began making her mark as a songwriter, using her grandmother’s name Read more

Art Neville - 79% match to Benny Spellman

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Arthur Lanon Neville, 17 December 1937, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Neville first attracted attention as a member of the Hawkettes, a Crescent City act that achieved notable local success in 1954 with ‘Mardi Gras Mambo’. Although ostensibly a keyboard player - he appeared as session pianist on Jerry Byrne’s ‘Lights Out’ - Neville also undertook a si Read more

Dave Bartholomew - 79% match to Benny Spellman

Genres: Blues Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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24 December 1920, Edgard, Louisiana, USA. Dave Bartholomew was one of the most important shapers of New Orleans R&B and rock ‘n’ roll during the 50s. A producer, arranger, songwriter, band leader and artist, Bartholomew produced and co-wrote most of Fats Domino’s major hits for Imperial Records. Bartholomew started playing the trumpet as a child, encourage Read more

Lee Dorsey - 69% match to Benny Spellman

Genres: Funk Jazz Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Irving Lee Dorsey, 24 December 1926, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. 1 December 1986, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. An ex-boxer (nicknamed ‘Kid Chocolate’) turned singer, Dorsey first recorded for Joe Banashak’s Instant label. One song, ‘Lottie Mo’, became a regional hit and led to a contract with Fury. The infectious ‘Ya Ya’ (1961) was a nu Read more

Chris Kenner - 64% match to Benny Spellman

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1980s 1990s
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25 December 1929, Kenner, Louisiana, USA, d. 25 January 1976, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. This New Orleans-based artist had a US Top 20 R&B hit in 1957 on the Imperial Records label with his own composition, ‘Sick And Tired’, a song later revived by Fats Domino. Kenner was one of the first signings to the Instant label, on which he recorded his three best-know Read more

Jimmy Hughes - 62% match to Benny Spellman

Genres: Blues R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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1938, Leighton, Alabama, USA, d. 4 January 1997. This former member of the Singing Clouds abandoned the gospel field following the success of Arthur Alexander and recorded a handful of secular songs. When his producer, Rick Hall, was unable to secure an outlet for one such master, ‘Steal Away’, he issued it himself, inaugurating the Fame label. The prototype countr Read more

Irma Thomas - 61% match to Benny Spellman

Genres: Blues Christian & Gospel R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Irma Lee, 18 February 1941, Ponchatoula, Louisiana, USA. The ‘Soul Queen Of New Orleans’ was discovered in 1958 by band leader Tommy Ridgley. Her early records were popular locally, but an R&B hit came in 1960 with ‘(You Can Have My Husband But Please) Don’t Mess With My Man’. The following year Thomas rejoined producer/writer Allen Toussaint, wi Read more

Earl King - 46% match to Benny Spellman

Genres: Blues Funk R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Earl Silas Johnson IV, 7 February 1934, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. 17 April 2003, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. The son of a blues pianist, King became an accomplished guitarist and singer with local bands before making his first recordings in 1953 for Savoy Records (‘Have You Gone Crazy’, credited to Earl Johnson) and Specialty Records (‘A Mother’s L Read more

Allen Toussaint - 41% match to Benny Spellman

Genres: Blues Cajun & Zydeco Funk Jazz Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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14 January 1938, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. This influential artist first came to prominence in the mid-50s as the touring piano player with Shirley And Lee. The duo’s producer, Dave Bartholomew, began using Toussaint on several recording sessions, including those of Smiley Lewis and, on a handful of occasions, Fats Domino. The artist’s solo debut came in 1958 wi Read more

Arthur Alexander - 37% match to Benny Spellman

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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10 May 1940, Florence, Alabama, USA, d. 9 June 1993, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Despite his own interpretations, Alexander’s recordings are often better recalled for their inspirational quality. ‘Anna (Go To Him)’, a US R&B Top 10 hit, and ‘You Better Move On’ were covered, respectively, by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, while ‘A Shot O Read more

Major Lance - 37% match to Benny Spellman

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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4 April 1939 (1941 is also cited), Winterville, Mississippi, USA, d. 3 September 1994, Decatur, Georgia, USA. A former amateur boxer and a dancer on the Jim Lounsbury record-hop television show, Lance also sang with the Five Gospel Harmonaires and for a brief period with Otis Leavill and Barbara Tyson in the Floats. His 1959 Mercury Records release, ‘I Got A Girl’, Read more

The Showmen - 34% match to Benny Spellman

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1990s
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An R&B vocal group from Norfolk, Virginia, USA. The Showmen were a classic early 60s transitional group who represented some of the dying gasps of doo-wop and the first stirrings of the soul revolution. The members were General Norman Johnson (23 May 1943, Norfolk, Virginia, USA), Milton Wells, Gene and Dorsey Wright, and Leslie Felton. The group signed with the New Orle Read more


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