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Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band - 100% match to Charles Wright

Genres: Funk R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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Originally conceived as an instrumental group, Bernard Blackman (guitar), Raymond Jackson (trombone), John Rayford (1943; tenor saxophone), Melvin Dunlap (bass) and James Gadson (drums), were still known by their former name, the Soul Runners, when a 1967 release, ‘Grits ’N Corn Bread’, reached the US R&B Top 40. Having changed their name in deference to t Read more

Black Heat - 39% match to Charles Wright

Genres: Funk
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Rufus Thomas - 38% match to Charles Wright

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

Fred Wesley - 35% match to Charles Wright

Genres: Funk R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1990s 2000s
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4 July 1943, Mobile, Alabama, USA. Although Wesley joined the James Brown revue in 1968, in keeping with several of the soul star’s accompanists, this accomplished trombonist has left and rejoined on several occasions. In 1970, Brown pushed Wesley to the forefront of a new, crisper JB’s, who made their recording debut the following year with ‘Hot Pants’. Read more

Ohio Players - 31% match to Charles Wright

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 JB's - 31% match to Charles Wright

Genres: Funk R&B / Soul
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Average White Band - 29% match to Charles Wright

Genres: Funk Pop / Rock R&B / Soul World Music
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Lee Dorsey - 29% match to Charles Wright

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

Cymande - 28% match to Charles Wright

Genres: Funk R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1990s 2000s
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This London, England-based band coined the phrase ‘nyah rock’. Their musical influences included soul, afrobeat, reggae and calypso, and they were widely considered the roots alternative to Osibisa. The variable line-up centred around the duo of Patrick Patterson (guitar, organ, vocals) and Stephen Scipio (bass), who enrolled the services of like-minded individuals in Read more

Dyke & The Blazers - 28% match to Charles Wright

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This Los Angeles-based unit evolved when Dyke (Arlester Christian, 13 June 1943, Buffalo, New York, USA, d. 13 March 1971, Phoenix, Arizona, USA) teamed with the Blazers, formerly the O’Jays’ backing group. ‘Funky Broadway’, Dyke’s own composition, gave his band its debut hit in 1967, but their performance was overshadowed by Wilson Pickett’s mo Read more

Lyn Collins - 28% match to Charles Wright

Genres: Funk R&B / Soul
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The Blackbyrds - 28% match to Charles Wright

Genres: Funk Jazz R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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The original Blackbyrds were formed in 1973 by jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd. A doctor of ethnomusicology, Byrd lectured at Washington, DC’s Howard University and the group, named after Black Byrd, the artist’s million-seller, was drawn from his students. The Blackbyrds’ debut album charted in the soul, jazz and pop listings, while the follow-up, Flying Start, featu Read more

Jean Knight - 27% match to Charles Wright

Genres: R&B / Soul
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

Jimmy McGriff - 26% match to Charles Wright

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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James Herrell, 3 April 1936, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Encouraged by a musical home environment (both his parents were pianists), by the time he left school, McGriff played not only piano but bass, vibes, drums and saxophone. He played with Archie Shepp, Reggie Workman, Charles Earland and Donald Bailey in his youth, but after two years as an military policeman in the Read more

Betty Davis - 25% match to Charles Wright

Genres: Funk Jazz R&B / Soul Vocals
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