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Norman Connors - 100% 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

Syreeta - 85% 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 - 84% 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

Patrice Rushen - 84% 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

Johnny "Hammond" Smith - 83% 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

Harvey Mason - 82% 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

Jon Lucien - 79% 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

Ashford & Simpson - 72% 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

Brenda Russell - 69% 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

Maze - 67% match to Leon Ware

Genres: R&B / Soul R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Frankie Beverly (6 December 1946, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA) had an apprenticeship in several Philadelphia groups. One such unit, Frankie Beverly And The Butlers, recorded several well-received singles in the 60s, but never managed to attract more than local play. By the early 70s, however, impressed by Santana and Sly And The Family Stone, he formed a self-contained b Read more

Maze featuring Frankie Beverly - 67% match to Leon Ware

Genres: R&B / Soul
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Average White Band - 63% match to Leon Ware

Genres: Funk Pop / Rock Pop / Rock R&B / Soul World Music
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Minnie Riperton - 63% 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

The Isley Brothers - 62% match to Leon Ware

Genres: Funk Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock R&B / Soul R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Three brothers, O’Kelly (25 December 1937, d. 31 March 1986), Rudolph (b. 1 April 1939) and Ronald Isley (b. 21 May 1941), began singing gospel in their home-town of Cincinnati, USA, in the early 50s, accompanied by their brother Vernon, who died in a car crash around 1957. Moving to New York the following year, the trio issued one-off singles before being signed by the Read more

Bobbi Humphrey - 60% match to Leon Ware

Genres: Easy Listening Jazz R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s
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