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Heatwave - 100% match to Billy Preston

Genres: Disco Funk Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Although based in Britain, Heatwave was formed by the Wilder brothers, Johnnie (3 July 1949, Dayton, Ohio, USA, d. 13 May 2006, Clayton, Ohio, USA) and Keith, on their discharge from the US Army. An advertisement in a music paper yielded Hull, England-born songwriter and keyboardist Rod Temperton, while further members recruited were the American guitarists Eric Johns (b. Er Read more

Ohio Players - 96% match to Billy Preston

Genres: Funk Pop / Rock 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

Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose - 94% match to Billy Preston

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1990s 2000s
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An R&B family group from Dania, Florida, USA, their highly infectious mid-tempo soft soul was heavily orchestrated, and was more typical of northern US cities than the south. This broke the mode of Miami-based music, which tended to be of the ‘deep soul’ variety. The original group, comprising Edward (who wrote most of the songs), Carter (1948, d. 7 November 19 Read more

Average White Band - 93% match to Billy Preston

Genres: Funk Pop / Rock Pop / Rock R&B / Soul World Music
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The Chi-Lites - 93% match to Billy Preston

Genres: Doo Wop 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

The Staple Singers - 92% 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

The O'Jays - 91% 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 Brothers Johnson - 90% match to Billy Preston

Genres: Disco 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

The Spinners - 90% 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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Jean Knight - 89% match to Billy Preston

Genres: R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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26 June 1943, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Knight’s early releases with producer Huey P. Meaux were overshadowed by ‘Mr. Big Stuff’ in 1971, one of soul’s most popular releases. Released on Stax Records and produced by Wardell Quezerque at the same session that yielded the King Floyd hit ‘Groove Me’, Knight’s performance was rewarded with a Read more

Isaac Hayes - 87% 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 - 85% 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

Sam & Dave - 81% 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

The Meters - 81% match to Billy Preston

Genres: Funk Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This fundamental quartet, Art Neville (Arthur Lanon Neville, 17 December 1937, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; keyboards), Leo Nocentelli (guitar), George Porter Jnr. (b. 26 December 1947, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; bass) and Joseph ‘Zigaboo/Ziggy’ Modeliste (drums), came together during informal sessions held in various New Orleans nightclubs. Initially known as Ar Read more

War - 81% match to Billy Preston

Genres: Funk Jazz Pop / Rock R&B / Soul R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Veterans of the Californian west coast circuit, the core of War’s line-up - Leroy ‘Lonnie’ Jordan (21 November 1948, San Diego, California, USA; keyboards), Howard Scott (b. 15 March 1946, San Pedro, California, USA; guitar), Charles Miller (b. 2 June 1939, Olathe, Kansas, USA; flute/saxophone), Morris ‘B.B.’ Dickerson (b. 3 August 1949, Torrence, Ca Read more


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