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Joe Houston - 100% match to Marvin & Johnny

Genres: Blues Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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1927, Austin, Texas, USA. Joe Houston was inspired to take up the saxophone after seeing Count Hastings playing with Tiny Bradshaw’s Orchestra, and lists Joe Thomas, Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker and Arnett Cobb among his other influences. By 1949 he became associated with ‘Big’ Joe Turner, and made his recording debut on Turner’s sole release on the Ro Read more

Jimmy McCracklin - 56% match to Marvin & Johnny

Genres: Blues R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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James David Walker, 13 August 1921, St. Louis, Missouri, USA. A former professional boxer, McCracklin began his singing career in 1945 when he recorded some demos with J. D. Nicholson on piano. Four years later he formed his own band, the Blues Blasters, in San Francisco and recorded for Modern Records. These recordings from 1948-1950 are magnificent slices of pure R&B, Read more

The Swallows - 32% match to Marvin & Johnny

Genres: Doo Wop R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1990s
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Rosco Gordon - 31% match to Marvin & Johnny

Genres: Blues Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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10 April 1928, Memphis, Tennessee, USA, d. 11 July 2002, Queens, New York City, New York, USA. A self-taught boogie-woogie styled pianist with no acknowledged influences other than a presumed awareness of the work of Amos Milburn and Little Willie Littlefield. Gordon was part of the Beale Streeters group in the late 40s, alongside Johnny Ace, B.B. King and later, Bobby Bland Read more

Wynonie Harris - 28% match to Marvin & Johnny

Genres: Blues R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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24 August 1915, Omaha, Nebraska, USA, d. 14 June 1969, Los Angeles, California, USA. This stylish, flamboyant blues shouter enjoyed several R&B hit singles in the immediate post-war period. As a youth Harris played drums in and around his home town before moving to Los Angeles in the early 40s. There he played, danced, sang and worked in several non-musical capacities in Read more

Frankie Ford - 27% match to Marvin & Johnny

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Francis Guzzo, 4 August 1939, Gretna, Louisiana, USA. A rocker from a suburb of New Orleans, Frankie Ford is second cousin to that other New Orleans legend Dr. John. His first major appearance was on Ted Mack’s Amateur Hour Talent Show, where he sang with Carmen Miranda and Sophie Tucker. After winning a scholarship to South Eastern College, Hammond, he started his firs Read more

The Cadets - 26% match to Marvin & Johnny

Genres: Doo Wop R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s
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The Cadets were one of the more colourful Irish showbands of the early to mid-60s. The original line-up comprised Eileen Reid (vocals), Patrick Murphy (harmonica), Jas Fagan (trombone), Paddy Burns (vocals, trumpet), Gerry Hayes (piano), Brendan O’Connell (lead guitar), Jimmy Day (tenor saxophone, guitar) and Willie Devey (drums). The band played the usual showband fare of Read more

Frankie Lee Sims - 25% match to Marvin & Johnny

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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30 April 1917, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. 10 May 1970, Dallas, Texas, USA. Despite his birthplace, Sims’ music is very much in the blues vein of Texas, where he lived in childhood. On his earliest records in 1947-48, for the Blue Bonnet label, he played a traditional finger-style guitar, but later developed an electric style of his own, riffing behind the vocals an Read more

Bull Moose Jackson - 24% match to Marvin & Johnny

Genres: Blues R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Benjamin Clarence Jackson, 22 April 1919, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, d. 31 July 1989, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Jackson become interested in music at an early age, and received singing and violin lessons by the age of four. In high school he learned to play the saxophone, and upon his graduation in the late 30s he was hired by legendary trumpeter Freddie Webster to play alto and teno Read more

The Five Keys - 18% match to Marvin & Johnny

Genres: Doo Wop Holiday & Seasonal
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This US R&B vocal group helped shape the rhythm and blues revolution of the early 50s. The ensemble was formed as the Sentimental Four in Newport News, Virginia, USA, in 1945, and originally comprised two sets of brothers - Rudy West (25 July 1932, Newport News, Virginia, USA, d. 14 May 1998, USA; first tenor) and Bernie West (b. 4 February 1930, Newport News, Virginia, Read more

Willis Jackson - 18% match to Marvin & Johnny

Genres: Blues Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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25 April 1928, Miami, Florida, USA, d. 25 October 1987, New York City, New York, USA. From his late teenage, Willis ‘Gator’ Jackson played tenor saxophone in many bands in his home state before attending university where he studied music theory. From the late 40s into the mid-50s he played in various editions of the small band led by Cootie Williams. Overlapping th Read more

Big Jay McNeely - 17% match to Marvin & Johnny

Genres: Big Band & Swing Blues Jazz R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Cecil James McNeely, 29 April 1927, Los Angeles, California, USA. As a tenor saxophonist McNeely was one of the pioneers of the wild, honking style and acrobatic stage show that emerged in the dancehalls during the late 40s. The definitive tune of this style was ‘The Deacon’s Hop’, which reached number 1 in the Billboard R&B chart in 1949. His ‘Wild W Read more

Dave Bartholomew - 16% match to Marvin & Johnny

Genres: Blues Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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24 December 1920, Edgard, Louisiana, USA. Dave Bartholomew was one of the most important shapers of New Orleans R&B and rock ‘n’ roll during the 50s. A producer, arranger, songwriter, band leader and artist, Bartholomew produced and co-wrote most of Fats Domino’s major hits for Imperial Records. Bartholomew started playing the trumpet as a child, encourage Read more

Shirley & Lee - 16% match to Marvin & Johnny

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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New Orleans-based duo Shirley Goodman (19 June 1936, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. 5 July 2005, Los Angeles, California, USA) and Leonard Lee (b. 29 June 1936, d. 23 October 1976) began recording together in 1952. Billed as ‘The Sweethearts of the Blues’, they enjoyed a series of US R&B hits, including ‘I’m Gone’ (1952) and ‘Feel So Good&# Read more

Charlie Gracie - 15% match to Marvin & Johnny

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Charles Anthony Graci, 14 May 1936, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. When guitarist and songwriter Charlie Gracie recorded the original version of the rock ‘n’ roll song ‘Butterfly’ in 1957, he faced stiff competition from Andy Williams’ cover version. Gracie’s Elvis Presley -like vocal took the song to number 5 in the US charts and Top 20 in th Read more


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