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Eddie Holland - 100% match to Marv Johnson

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s
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30 October 1939, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Like his brother Brian Holland, Eddie was active in the Detroit music scene from the mid-50s onwards, leading the Fidelatones vocal group, and producing demo recordings for Jackie Wilson. In 1958, he met Berry Gordy, who produced a series of solo singles for Holland on Mercury Records and United Artists Records. Gordy signed Holland t Read more

Contours - 92% match to Marv Johnson

Genres: New Age R&B / Soul
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The Contours - 92% match to Marv Johnson

Genres: Funk Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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The Contours formed as an R&B vocal group in Detroit in 1959, featuring lead vocalist Billy Gordon, Billy Hoggs, Joe Billingslea and Sylvester Potts. Hubert Johnson (14 January 1941, d. 11 July 1981) joined the line-up in 1960, and it was his cousin Jackie Wilson who secured the group an audition and then a contract with Motown Records in 1961. Initial singles proved uns Read more

The Monitors - 82% match to Marv Johnson

Genres: Doo Wop R&B / Soul
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Barrett Strong - 64% match to Marv Johnson

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 2000s
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5 February 1941, Westpoint, Mississippi, USA. The cousin of two members of the R&B vocal group the Diablos, Barrett Strong launched his own singing career with Berry Gordy’s fledgling Tamla label in 1959. At the end of that year, he recorded the original version of Gordy’s song ‘Money (That’s What I Want)’, a major US hit that became a rock stand Read more

Mary Wells - 63% match to Marv Johnson

Genres: Music & Radio Pop / Rock R&B / Soul R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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13 May 1943, Detroit, Michigan, USA, d. 26 July 1992, Los Angeles, California, USA. At the age of 17, Mary Wells composed ‘Bye Bye Baby’, a song which she offered to R&B star Jackie Wilson. His producer, Berry Gordy, was sufficiently impressed to offer her a contract with the newly formed Motown Records label, and Wells’ rendition of her song became one of Read more

Brenda Holloway - 61% match to Marv Johnson

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1990s 2000s
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21 June 1946, Atascadero, California, USA. Holloway began her recording career with three small Los Angeles labels, Donna, Catch and Minasa, in the early 60s, recording under the aegis of producer Hal Davis. In 1964, Holloway made an impromptu performance at a disc jockeys’ convention in California, where she was spotted by a Motown Records talent scout. She signed to Read more

Jimmy Ruffin - 54% match to Marv Johnson

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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7 May 1939, Collinsville, Mississippi, USA. The son of a minister, Ruffin was born into a musical family: his brother, David Ruffin, and cousin, Melvin Franklin, both became mainstays of the Temptations. Ruffin abandoned his gospel background to become a session singer in the early 60s, joining the Motown Records stable in 1961 for a one-off single before he was drafted for Read more

Shorty Long - 54% match to Marv Johnson

Decades Active: 1960s 1990s 2000s
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Frederick Earl Long, 20 May 1940, Birmingham, Alabama, USA, d. 29 June 1969, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Multi-instrumentalist Long received tutelage from W.C. Handy and Alvin Robinson before joining Harvey Fuqua’s Tri-Phi label in 1961. This Detroit-based company was later acquired by Motown Records and Long acted as master of ceremonies on his new outlet’s touring re Read more

Kim Weston - 51% match to Marv Johnson

Genres: Funk R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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Agatha Natalie Weston, 20 December 1939, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Kim Weston received her musical education with the Wright Specials gospel group, an influence that survived throughout her subsequent career. Torn between pursuing music or acting, she was persuaded to join the Motown Records label in the early 60s by Johnny Thornton, the cousin of two of the label’s top Read more

Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - 49% match to Marv Johnson

Genres: Christian & Gospel Holiday & Seasonal R&B / Soul R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s
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The Marvelettes - 49% match to Marv Johnson

Genres: Disco Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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The Marvelettes’ career epitomized the haphazard progress endured by many of the leading girl-groups of the early 60s. Despite enjoying several major US hits, they were unable to sustain a consistent line-up, and their constant shifts in personnel made it difficult to overcome their rather anonymous public image. The group was formed in the late 50s by five students at Ink Read more

The Miracles - 49% match to Marv Johnson

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Of all the R&B vocal groups formed in Detroit, Michigan, USA, in the mid-50s, the Miracles proved to be the most successful. They were founded at the city’s Northern High School in 1955 by Smokey Robinson (William Robinson, 19 February 1940, Detroit, Michigan, USA), Emerson Rogers, Bobby Rogers (b. 19 February 1940, Detroit, Michigan, USA), Ronnie White (b. 5 April Read more

The Elgins - 47% match to Marv Johnson

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1990s
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US-born Johnny Dawson, Cleo Miller and Robert Fleming, later replaced by Norbert McClean, sang together in three Detroit vocal groups in the late 50s, the Sensations, the Five Emeralds and the Downbeats. Under the last of these names, they recorded two singles for Motown Records in 1959 and 1962. Also in 1962, Saundra Mallett (later Saundra Mallett Edwards) issued ‘Camel W Read more

Marvin Gaye - 46% match to Marv Johnson

Genres: Funk Pop / Rock R&B / Soul R&B / Soul Soundtracks
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Marvin Pentz Gay Jnr., 2 April 1939, Washington, DC, USA, d. 1 April 1984, Los Angeles, California, USA. Gaye was named after his father, a minister in the Apostolic Church. The spiritual influence of his early years played a formative role in his musical career, particularly from the 70s onwards, when his songwriting shifted back and forth between secular and religious topi Read more


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