Marlena Shaw Similar Artists

Laura Lee - 100% match to Marlena Shaw

Genres: Doo Wop R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Laura Lee Newton, 9 March 1945, Chicago, Illinois, USA. A member of her adopted mother’s, Ernestine Rundless’, gospel group the Meditation Singers, Lee’s first secular recording was made for the Detroit-based Ric-Tic label. She was signed to Chess Records in 1966, who, after failing to find success with a Chicago-recorded single, sent her to Rick Hall’s F Read more

Bobbi Humphrey - 97% match to Marlena Shaw

Genres: Easy Listening Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s
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Esther Phillips - 95% match to Marlena Shaw

Genres: Blues Country & Bluegrass Jazz Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Esther Mae Jones, 23 December 1935, Galveston, Texas, USA, d. 7 August 1984, Carson, California, USA. This distinctive vocalist was discovered by band leader Johnny Otis. She joined his revue in 1949 where, performing as Little Esther, the teenage singer recorded two number 1 R&B singles, ‘Double Crossing Blues’ and ‘Mistrustin’ Blues’. She then Read more

Fontella Bass - 94% match to Marlena Shaw

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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3 July 1940, St. Louis, Missouri, USA. The daughter of gospel luminary Martha Bass, Fontella toured as keyboard player and singer with the Little Milton band during the early 60s. Simultaneously, she made several solo records, including one for Ike Turner’s Prann label. When Milton’s band leader, Oliver Sain, left to form his own group, he took Bass with him, and t Read more

Patti Drew - 93% match to Marlena Shaw

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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29 December 1944, Charleston, South Carolina, USA, and raised in Evanston, Illinois. As lead singer of the Drew-vels, a group comprising herself, her sisters Lorraine and Erma, and bass singer Carlton Black, Drew and the band had several local hits, notably ‘Tell Him’ (1963) and ‘It’s My Time’ (1964). Drew became a solo artist two years later and ach Read more

Minnie Riperton - 92% match to Marlena Shaw

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

Gwen McCrae - 81% match to Marlena Shaw

Genres: Christian & Gospel Dance Doo Wop Funk R&B / Soul Vocals
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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21 December 1943, Pensacola, Florida, USA. The wife of George McCrae, Gwen made her mark in the mid-70s with a delightful series of southern-style soul numbers produced by Steve Alaimo and Clarence Reid for Henry Stone’s Miami-based TK operation. She first found success with a remarkable remake of the old Bobby Bland gospel blues, ‘Lead Me On’ (R&B number Read more

Gary Bartz - 71% match to Marlena Shaw

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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26 September 1940, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Bartz, whose father ran a jazz club, began playing alto saxophone at the age of 11. He played in the Alabama State Teachers College band, at his father’s club, and studied at the Juilliard School of Music, New York, and the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. He worked with Lee Morgan and Grachan Moncur III, but his first regu Read more

Roy Ayers - 71% match to Marlena Shaw

Genres: Dance Disco Funk 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

Leon Ware - 66% match to Marlena Shaw

Genres: R&B / Soul
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Betty Wright - 65% match to Marlena Shaw

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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21 December 1953, Miami, Florida, USA. A former member of her family gospel group, the Echoes Of Joy, Wright’s first recordings were as a backing singer. She later embarked on a solo career and scored a minor hit with ‘Girls Can’t Do What The Guys Do’ in 1968. ‘Clean Up Woman’ (1972), a US R&B number 2/pop number 6 hit, established a punchie Read more

Mitty Collier - 65% match to Marlena Shaw

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

Donald Byrd - 63% match to Marlena Shaw

Genres: Funk Jazz R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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9 December 1932, Detroit, Michigan, USA. In the early 50s Byrd studied trumpet and composition and also played in bands during his military service. Later in the decade he was frequently called upon to record with leading bop musicians, including John Coltrane, Jackie McLean, Phil Woods, Sonny Rollins, Art Blake, Kenny Clarke and Gigi Gryce (with whom he co-led the Jazz Lab Read more

Ann Peebles - 62% match to Marlena Shaw

Genres: 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

Gene Harris - 61% match to Marlena Shaw

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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1 September 1933, Benton Harbour, Michigan, USA, d. 16 January 2000, Boise, Idaho, USA. A self-taught pianist, Harris extended his playing ability from its original boogie-woogie base while on military service. In the mid-50s he formed the Three Sounds with drummer Bill Dowdy and bass player Andrew Simpkins. The trio played highly popular bluesy mainstream jazz and recorded Read more


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