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Mitty Collier - 100% match to Laura Lee

Genres: Blues R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 2000s
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21 June 1941, Birmingham, Alabama, USA. As a member of the travelling gospel group the Hayes Ensemble, Collier toured throughout Alabama and Georgia. Switching to secular music, she was discovered singing in a talent show by Chess Records scout Ralph Bass. Her early releases lacked direction until ‘I’m Your Part Time Love’, an ‘answer’ to Little John Read more

Major Lance - 65% match to Laura Lee

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

Don Convay - 54% match to Laura Lee

Genres: R&B / Soul
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Don Covay - 54% match to Laura Lee

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Donald Randolph, 24 March 1938, Orangeburg, South Carolina, USA. Covay resettled in Washington during the early 50s and initially sang in the Cherry Keys, his family’s gospel quartet. He crossed over to secular music with the Rainbows, a formative vocal group that also included Marvin Gaye and Billy Stewart. Covay’s solo career began in 1957 as part of the Little R Read more

The Sweet Inspirations - 52% match to Laura Lee

Genres: Christian & Gospel R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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The Sweet Inspirations’ career reached back into the Drinkard Singers, a formative gospel group whose fluid line-up included Dionne Warwick and Cissy Houston. The group dropped this name on pursuing a secular path as session singers. Houston remained at the helm during several subsequent changes, (Doris Troy and Judy Clay were among the former members), and the group emerg Read more

George Jackson - 47% match to Laura Lee

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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1936, Greenville, Mississippi, USA. Jackson has a quietly emotional country/soul delivery that could have made him a southern soul singing star in his own right, but as he only recorded 15 singles over a 22-year period between 1963 and 1985 (and a fine album in 1991), it is as a prolific and highly skilled songwriter that he is most respected.When Jac Read more

Willie Mitchell - 44% match to Laura Lee

Genres: Blues Funk R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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3 January 1928, Ashland, Mississippi, USA. A veteran of several Memphis-based bands, Mitchell rose to prominence in the late 50s with an outfit that formed the basis for his production work and early solo recordings. The line-up included Lewis Steinberg and Al Jackson, both of whom would later appear in Booker T. And The MGs. By the 60s, Mitchell was leading the Hi Records h Read more

Margie Joseph - 42% match to Laura Lee

Genres: Disco Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Margaret Marie Joseph, 1950, Pascagoula, Mississippi, USA. Having recorded unsuccessfully for the OKeh Records label, this excellent singer endured two further flops before an Aretha Franklin -influenced ballad, ‘Your Sweet Lovin’’, reached the R&B chart in 1970. The following year Joseph’s ambitious reworking of the Supremes’ ‘Stop! In The Read more

Rufus Thomas - 40% match to Laura Lee

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

The Dells - 40% match to Laura Lee

Genres: Disco Doo Wop Easy Listening Funk Pop / Rock R&B / Soul R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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A US soul vocal and close harmony group formed in 1953 as the El-Rays, when the members - Johnny Funches (18 July 1935, d. 23 January 1998; lead), Marvin Junior (b. 31 January 1936, Harrell, Arkansas, USA; tenor), Verne Allison (b. 22 June 1936, Chicago, Illinois, USA; tenor), Lucius McGill (b. 1935, Chicago, Illinois, USA; tenor), Mickey McGill (b. 17 February 1937, Chicago Read more

Ann Peebles - 37% match to Laura Lee

Genres: Pop / Rock Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Vocals
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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27 April 1947, East St. Louis, Missouri, USA. An impromptu appearance at the Rosewood Club in Memphis led to Peebles’ recording contract. Band leader Gene Miller took the singer to producer Willie Mitchell, whose skills fashioned an impressive debut single, ‘Walk Away’ (1969). Peebles’ style was more fully shaped with ‘Part Time Love’ (1970), an Read more

Johnnie Taylor - 37% match to Laura Lee

Genres: Disco Pop / Rock R&B / Soul R&B / Soul Soundtracks
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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5 May 1938, Crawfordsville, Arkansas, USA, d. 31 May 2000, Dallas, Texas, USA. Having left home at the age of 15, Taylor surfaced as part of several gospel groups, including the Five Echoes and the Highway QCs. In 1956 he joined the Soul Stirrers, replacing Sam Cooke on the latter’s recommendation. Taylor switched to secular music in 1961; releases on Cooke’s Sar a Read more

Syl Johnson - 36% match to Laura Lee

Genres: Blues R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Sylvester Thompson, 1 July 1936, Holly Springs, Mississippi, USA. Johnson was the youngest of three children and his family moved to Chicago during the late 40s. An elder brother, Mac Thompson, played bass with the Magic Sam Blues Band. Having learned guitar and harmonica, Johnson began frequenting the city’s southside blues clubs, playing alongside Howlin’ Wolf, M Read more

James Carr - 35% match to Laura Lee

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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13 June 1942, Coahoma, Mississippi, USA, d. 7 January 2001, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Carr grew up in Memphis where he sang gospel in the Sunset Travellers and the Harmony Echoes and was discovered by Memphis gospel-group mentor Roosevelt Jamison. This budding manager and songwriter brought Carr to the Goldwax Records label, run by Quinton Claunch. It took four singles to de Read more

Dee Dee Sharp - 34% match to Laura Lee

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 2000s
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Dione LaRue, 9 September 1945, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. A backing vocalist for the Cameo -Parkway labels, Dee Dee Sharp was the uncredited voice on Chubby Checker’s ‘Slow Twistin’’ single. Her own debut, ‘Mashed Potato Time’, was recorded at the same session and, thanks to the power of Dick Clark’s American Bandstand television show Read more


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