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Curtis Mayfield - 100% match to Billy Preston

Genres: Christian & Gospel Electronic & Ambient Funk Pop / Rock R&B / Soul R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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3 June 1942, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 26 December 1999, Roswell, Georgia, USA. As songwriter and vocalist with the Impressions, Mayfield established an early reputation as one of soul music’s most intuitive talents. In the decade between 1961 and 1971, he penned a succession of exemplary singles for his group, including ‘Gypsy Woman’ (1961), ‘It’s Read more

The Brothers Johnson - 91% match to Billy Preston

Genres: Funk Funk R&B / Soul R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This US hard-funk duo featured George Johnson (17 May 1953, Los Angeles, California, USA; guitar, vocals) and Louis Johnson (b. 13 April 1955, Los Angeles, California, USA; bass). They previously worked alongside their older brother Tommy and cousin Alex Weir in the band Johnson Three Plus One, backing the Supremes and Bobby Womack. George and Louis then went on to tour with Read more

Ohio Players - 88% match to Billy Preston

Genres: Funk R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in Dayton, Ohio, USA, this multi-talented unit originated from four members of the Ohio Untouchables, saxophonists Ralph ‘Pee Wee’ Middlebrooks and Clarence ‘Satch’ Satchell, bass player Marshall Jones and guitarist Leroy ‘Sugarfoot’ Bonner. The Ohio Untouchables forged a reputation as a powerful instrumental group by providing the backing t Read more

The Spinners - 86% match to Billy Preston

Genres: Funk Pop / Rock R&B / Soul R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Gladys Knight & The Pips - 85% match to Billy Preston

Genres: Funk Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Soundtracks
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Sam & Dave - 85% match to Billy Preston

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Samuel David Moore (12 October 1935, Miami, Florida, USA) and David Prater (b. 9 May 1937, Ocilla, Georgia, USA, d. 9 April 1988). Sam And Dave first performed together in 1961 at Miami’s King Of Hearts club. Moore originally sang in his father’s Baptist church before joining the Melonaires, while Prater, who had worked with the Sensational Hummingbirds, was also g Read more

Average White Band - 84% match to Billy Preston

Genres: Funk Pop / Rock Pop / Rock R&B / Soul World Music
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The O'Jays - 84% match to Billy Preston

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock R&B / Soul R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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The core of this long-standing soul group, Eddie LeVert (16 June 1942, Birmingham, Alabama, USA) and Walter Williams (b. 25 August 1942, USA), sang together as a gospel duo prior to forming the Triumphs in 1958. This doo-wop-influenced quintet was completed by William Powell (b. 20 January 1942, USA, d. 26 May 1977), Bill Isles and Bobby Massey and quickly grew popular aroun Read more

The Staple Singers - 84% match to Billy Preston

Genres: Christian & Gospel Funk Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This well-known US family gospel group was formed in 1951 by Pops Staples (Roebuck Staples, 28 December 1914, Winona, Mississippi, USA, d. 19 December 2000, Dolton, Illinois, USA) and four of his children, Mavis Staples (b. 10 July 1939, Chicago, Illinois, USA), Cleotha Staples and Pervis Staples, who was later replaced by Yvonne Staples. The group fused an original presenta Read more

Isaac Hayes - 82% match to Billy Preston

Genres: Disco Funk Pop / Rock R&B / Soul R&B / Soul Soundtracks
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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20 August 1942, Covington, Tennessee, USA d. 10 August 2008, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Hayes’ formative years were spent playing piano and organ in various Memphis clubs. He fronted several groups, including Sir Isaac And The Doo-dads, the Teen Tones and Sir Calvin And His Swinging Cats, and recorded a handful of rudimentary singles. However, it was not until 1964 that h Read more

James Brown - 82% match to Billy Preston

Genres: Funk Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Pop / Rock R&B / Soul R&B / Soul Soundtracks Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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James Joseph Brown Jnr., 3 May 1928, Barnwell, South Carolina, USA, d. 25 December 2006, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. (NB: Brown always claimed he was born in 1933 in Macon, Georgia.) ‘The Hardest Working Man In Showbusiness’, ‘The Godfather Of Soul’, ‘The Minister Of The New New Super Heavy Funk’ - such sobriquets only hint at the protracted James Br Read more

Sly & The Family Stone - 82% match to Billy Preston

Genres: Funk Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This highly influential US band was formed in San Francisco, California, in 1967 by brothers Sly Stone (Sylvester Stewart, 15 March 1943, Denton, Texas, USA) and Freddie Stone (b. Frederick Stewart, 5 June 1946, Vallejo, California, USA; guitar), with Cynthia Robinson (b. 12 January 1946, Sacramento, California, USA; trumpet), Jerry Martini (b. 1 October 1943, Colorado, USA; Read more

The Chi-Lites - 80% match to Billy Preston

Genres: R&B / Soul R&B / Soul Vocals
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in Chicago in 1960 and originally called the Hi-Lites, the group featured Eugene Record (23 December 1940, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 22 July 2005, Chicago, Illinois, USA), Robert Lester (b. 1942, McComb, Mississippi, USA), Creadel Jones (b. 1939, St. Louis, Missouri, USA) and Marshall Thompson (b. April 1941, Chicago, Illinois, USA). Imbued with the tradition of doo- Read more

Donny Hathaway - 79% match to Billy Preston

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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1 October 1945, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 13 January 1979, New York City, New York, USA. Originally schooled in the gospel tradition, this versatile artist was raised in St. Louis and majored in musical theory at Howard University in Washington DC. He performed in a cocktail jazz trio before gaining employment as a producer with Curtis Mayfield’s Curtom Records. A duet Read more

Rufus Thomas - 79% match to Billy Preston

Genres: Blues Funk Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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26 March 1917, Cayce, Mississippi, USA, d. 15 December 2001, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. A singer, dancer and entertainer, Thomas learned his trade as a member of the Rabbit Foot Minstrels, a vaudeville-inspired touring group. By the late 40s he was performing in several Memphis nightclubs and organizing local talent shows. B.B. King, Bobby Bland and Junior Parker were discover Read more


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