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Gregory Abbott - 100% match to Champaign

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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2 April 1954, Harlem, New York City, New York, USA. This R&B singer-songwriter began pursuing a musical career while working for his doctorate at the University of California at Berkeley. He soon moved to Los Angeles and married famed songstress Freda Payne, who recorded four of his songs. He returned to his home in New York and began working as a researcher in a stockbr Read more

The Manhattans - 61% match to Champaign

Genres: Doo Wop R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in 1962 in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA, about 10 miles south of New York City’s borough of Manhattan, this enduring soul group enjoyed its greatest success during the 70s. The original members were lead vocalist George Smith, bass singer Winfred ‘Blue’ Lovett (16 November 1943), tenor Edward Bivins (b. 15 January 1942), tenor Kenneth Kelley (b. 9 Janua Read more

Will To Power - 60% match to Champaign

Genres: Pop / Rock
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Atlantic Starr - 59% match to Champaign

Genres: Funk R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Soul/dance act comprising Sharon Bryant (vocals), David Lewis (vocals, keyboards, guitar), Jonathan Lewis (keyboards/trombone), Wayne Lewis (vocals/keyboards), Koran Daniels (saxophone), William Suddeeth III (trumpet), Clifford Archer (bass), Joseph Phillips (percussion), and Porter Carroll Jnr. (drums). The Lewis component of the group comprises three brothers who had previous Read more

Billy Ocean - 58% match to Champaign

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Leslie Sebastian Charles, 21 January 1950, Trinidad, West Indies. Raised in England, Ocean worked as a session singer simultaneously with his employment at the Dagenham Ford Motor Company plant, before being signed by the GTO label as a solo artist. His early UK hits included the number 2 singles ‘Love Really Hurts Without You’ (1976) and ‘Red Light Spells Dan Read more

DeBarge - 56% match to Champaign

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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One sister, Bunny DeBarge (15 March 1955), and four brothers, Mark (b. 19 June 1959), James (b. 22 August 1963), Randy (b. 6 August 1958) and El DeBarge (b. 4 June 1961), combined to form this family group in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, in 1978. Signed to Motown Records in 1979, they were viewed and marketed as successors to the young Jackson Five, a ploy helped by the phys Read more

Ray Parker Jr. - 54% match to Champaign

Genres: Funk Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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1 May 1954, Detroit, Michigan, USA. This accomplished musician gained his reputation during the late 60s as a member of the house band at the 20 Grand Club. This Detroit nightspot often featured Motown Records acts, one of which, the (Detroit) Spinners, was so impressed with the young guitarist’s skills that they added him to their touring group. Parker was also employe Read more

Billy Griffin - 53% match to Champaign

Genres: R&B / Soul
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Deniece Williams - 53% match to Champaign

Genres: 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

Expose - 52% match to Champaign

Genres: Dance Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s
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Dan Hartman - 47% match to Champaign

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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4 November 1951, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 22 March 1994, Westport, Connecticut, USA. Hartman’s multi-instrumental talents and light tenor were first heard by North America at large when he served bands led, together and separately, by Johnny Winter and Edgar Winter. Employment by the latter from 1973-77 brought the greatest commercial rewards - principally via Read more

Juice Newton - 43% match to Champaign

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Judy Kaye Cohen, 18 February 1952, Lakehurst, New Jersey, USA. This singing daughter from a military family spent most of her childhood in Virginia. While completing a formal education in California, she fronted Dixie Peach, a country rock combo that was renamed Silver Spur for their RCA Records albums in the mid-70s. Despite assistance from top Los Angeles session musicians Read more

Karyn White - 43% match to Champaign

Genres: Country & Bluegrass R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s
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Heatwave - 41% match to Champaign

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

Shalamar - 41% match to Champaign

Genres: Dance Disco 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


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