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Ashford & Simpson - 100% match to Leon Ware

Genres: Dance Disco Pop / Rock R&B / Soul R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Nickolas ‘Nick’ Ashford (4 May 1942, Fairfield, South Carolina, USA) and Valerie Simpson (b. 26 August 1946, the Bronx, New York City, New York, USA). This performing and songwriting team met in the choir of Harlem’s White Rock Baptist Church. Having recorded, unsuccessfully, as a duo, they joined another aspirant, Jo ‘Joshie’ Armstead, at the Scepte Read more

Syreeta - 96% match to Leon Ware

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Rita Wright, 28 February 1946, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, USA, d. 6 July 2004, Los Angeles, California, USA. Like Martha Reeves, Syreeta joined the staff of Motown Records as a secretary rather than a recording artist. In the mid-60s she sang occasional backing vocals on Motown sessions, and in 1967 Ashford And Simpson produced her debut single, ‘I Can’t Give Back T Read more

Leroy Hutson - 95% match to Leon Ware

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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4 June 1945, Newark, New Jersey, USA. This African-American instrumentalist, composer, arranger, producer and multi-talented performer generated a host of affiliations, but never achieved a level of success commensurate with his talent. He first formed a vocal group in his native New Jersey, but emerged as a soul music talent while attending Howard University in 1970. There Read more

Jon Lucien - 90% match to Leon Ware

Genres: Jazz R&B / Soul Vocals
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Lucien Harrigan, 8 January 1942, Tortola, British Virgin Islands, d. 18 August 2007, Orlando, Florida, USA. One of the finest vocal stylists of his generation, Lucien’s recording career was bedevilled by changing trends and personal problems.Raised in the British Virgin Islands in a musical family, Lucien relocated to the USA in 1965. Taking up r Read more

Norman Connors - 86% match to Leon Ware

Genres: Disco Funk Jazz R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Norman Connor, 1 March 1948, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Connors took up drums and was writing his own music from the age of five. After graduating from the Julliard School of Music he pursued a career as a sideman, working with Billy Paul, Jack McDuff, Archie Shepp, and Charles Earland. He moved to New York in 1971 and was immediately hired by Pharoah Sanders, touring Read more

Patrice Rushen - 81% match to Leon Ware

Genres: Disco Funk Jazz R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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30 September 1954, Los Angeles, California, USA. Rushen grew up in Los Angeles and attended the University of Southern California. She started learning classical piano when she was three, and turned to jazz in her teens. A group with which she was playing won an award for young musicians at Monterey in 1972. She played with a host of artists, including Abbey Lincoln, Donald Read more

Average White Band - 73% match to Leon Ware

Genres: Funk Pop / Rock Pop / Rock R&B / Soul World Music
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Incognito - 73% match to Leon Ware

Genres: Dance Electronic & Ambient Jazz Jazz Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Among the most prolific and popular of the 90s UK jazz funk generation, Incognito’s origins can be traced back to the previous decade’s Britfunk movement. The mainstay of the band is Jean Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick, a veteran of Light Of The World. His original co-conspirator in Incognito was Paul ‘Tubs’ Williams (11 October 1962, Hackney, London, Eng Read more

Roy Ayers - 71% match to Leon Ware

Genres: Dance Funk Jazz Jazz Pop / Rock Soundtracks Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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10 September 1940, Los Angeles, California, USA. A popular jazz vibraphonist and vocalist, Ayers reached the peak of his commercial popularity during the mid-70s and early 80s, crossing over into the mainstream charts. He is also justly celebrated as an important influence on the latter decade’s acid-jazz movement.Ayers played piano as a child an Read more

Minnie Riperton - 70% match to Leon Ware

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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8 November 1947, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 12 July 1979, Los Angeles, California, USA. A former singer with the Gems, Riperton recorded under the name ‘Andrea Davis’ prior to joining the Rotary Connection. She remained with this adventurous, black pop/psychedelic group between 1967 and 1970, before embarking on a solo career. In 1973 the singer began working with Read more

Harvey Mason - 69% match to Leon Ware

Genres: Funk Jazz R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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22 February 1947, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA. Mason began playing the drums when he was four years old. He studied at the Berklee College Of Music in Boston and later gained a degree in education at New England Conservatory. He worked with pianists Erroll Garner, George Shearing and Jan Hammer before moving to Los Angeles in 1971, where he worked as a studio musician cov Read more

Brenda Russell - 67% match to Leon Ware

Genres: Disco Jazz R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Brenda Gordon, 8 April 1944, New York City, New York, USA. Russell began singing at an early age, encouraged by her mother, Cinnamon Sharpe, who was a singer. While still a child, she moved to Toronto, Canada. Taking up singing as a career, she married a musician, Brian Russell, and they worked together in Canada before relocating to Los Angeles in the early 70s. For some ti Read more

Johnny "Hammond" Smith - 67% match to Leon Ware

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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John Robert Smith, 16 December 1933, Louisville, Kentucky USA, 4 June 1997, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Not be confused with the legendary swing promoter and talent spotter John Hammond Jnr. , Johnny ‘Hammond’ Smith (sometimes known simply as Johnny Hammond) is one of the giants of the soul jazz Hammond organ. Born the year the instrument was invented, he studied piano Read more

Dexter Wansel - 66% match to Leon Ware

Genres: Funk Jazz R&B / Soul
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Eddie Kendricks - 62% match to Leon Ware

Genres: Disco Electronic & Ambient Funk R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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17 December 1939, Union Springs, Alabama, USA, d. 5 October 1992, Alabama, USA. Kendricks was a founder member of the Primes in the late 50s, an R&B vocal group that moved to Detroit in 1960 and formed the basis of the Temptations. His wavering falsetto vocals were an essential part of the group’s sound throughout their first decade on Motown Records. He was singled Read more


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