Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs Similar Artists

Mickey & Sylvia - 59% match to Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Mickey Baker (McHouston Baker, 15 October 1925, Louisville, Kentucky, USA) and Sylvia Vanderpool (b. 6 March 1936, New York City, New York, USA). This popular duo began recording together in 1956 and enjoyed an US R&B chart-topper that year with ‘Love Is Strange’, which peaked at number 11 in the US pop chart the following year. This enduring call-and-response Read more

The Five Satins - 53% match to Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs

Genres: Blues Doo Wop Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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This R&B vocal group was formed in New Haven, Connecticut, USA, in 1955. The Five Satins’ first hit, ‘In The Still Of The Nite’ (US R&B number 3 and pop Top 30 in 1956), was one of the definitive songs of the early rock ‘n’ roll era, with its strong chanting of doo-wop riffs in the background and impassioned lead work. The group on this record c Read more

Dion - 47% match to Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs

Genres: Blues Christian & Gospel Doo Wop Folk Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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During his peak, from 1958-63, Dion (Dion Francis DiMucci, 18 July 1939, the Bronx, New York City, New York, USA) was the quintessential Italian-American New York City rocker and was, perhaps, the first major white rock singer who was not from a southern city. The career of one of America’s legendary artists has spanned six decades, during which time he has made numerou Read more

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Dion & The Belmonts - 45% match to Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs

Genres: Doo Wop Easy Listening Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s
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Bobby Day - 37% match to Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs

Genres: Doo Wop R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1990s 2000s
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Robert Byrd, 1 July 1932, Fort Worth, Texas, USA, d. 27 July 1990. Day moved to Los Angeles in 1947 and shortly afterwards formed the Flames, who recorded under a variety of names on numerous labels throughout the 50s. Oddly, it took until 1957 before they achieved their first and biggest hit as the Hollywood Flames with Day’s song ‘Buzz, Buzz, Buzz’. Simultan Read more

The Contours - 37% match to Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs

Genres: Jazz 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 Chiffons - 31% match to Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in the Bronx, New York City, USA, where all the members were born, erstwhile backing singers Judy Craig (6 August 1946, New York City, New York, USA), Barbara Lee Jones (b. 16 May 1947, New York City, New York, USA, d. 15 May 1992), Patricia Bennett (b. 7 April 1947, the Bronx, New York City, New York, USA) and Sylvia Peterson (b. 30 September 1946), are best recalled Read more

The Tokens - 31% match to Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs

Genres: Doo Wop Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in 1955 in Brooklyn, New York, USA, the Tokens were one of the most successful white harmony groups of the early 60s, best known for their 1961 number 1 single ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’ (number 11 in the UK). The group was originally called the Linc-Tones (taken from Lincoln High School, which the original members all attended) and comprised tenor vocalist Hank Read more

Betty Everett - 29% match to Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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23 November 1939, Greenwood, Mississippi, USA, d. 19 August 2001, Beloit, Wisconsin, USA. Having moved to Chicago in the late 50s, R&B/soul singer Everett recorded unsuccessfully for several local labels, including Cobra, C.J. and One-derful, and briefly sang lead with the all-male group the Daylighters. Her hits came soon after signing to Vee Jay Records where ‘You Read more

Thurston Harris - 28% match to Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s
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The Penguins - 27% match to Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs

Genres: Doo Wop Holiday & Seasonal R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in 1954 in Fremont High School, Los Angeles, California, USA, the Penguins were one of the most important R&B vocal groups from the west coast in the early 50s. Their hit ballad ‘Earth Angel’ remains one of the most fondly recalled ‘doo-wop’ recordings. The group comprised lead vocalist Cleveland ‘Cleve’ Duncan (23 July 1935, Los Ange Read more

Merry Clayton - 26% match to Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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25 December 1948, Gert Town, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. This powerful American vocalist made her debut in 1963 with ‘The Doorbell Rings’, before recording a version of ‘The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss)’, a song later popularized by Betty Everett and Cher. Clayton went on to record further singles before beginning a successful career as a ses Read more

The Foundations - 23% match to Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in January 1967, the Foundations were discovered by London record dealer Barry Class as they rehearsed in the Butterfly, a club situated in a basement below his office. He introduced the group to songwriters Tony Macaulay and John Macleod, whose composition ‘Baby, Now That I’ve Found You’ became the group’s debut release. An engaging slice of commerci Read more

Ben E. King - 22% match to Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs

Genres: Doo Wop Easy Listening Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Benjamin Earl Nelson, 28 September 1938, Henderson, North Carolina, USA. King began his career while still a high-school student singing in a doo-wop group, the Four B’s. He later joined the Five Crowns who, in 1959, assumed the name the Drifters. King was the featured lead vocalist and occasional composer on several of their recordings including ‘There Goes My Bab Read more

Gene Chandler - 21% match to Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs

Genres: Disco Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Eugene Dixon, 6 July 1937, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Recalled for the gauche but irresistible 1962 US number 1, ‘Duke Of Earl’, Chandler’s million-selling single in fact featured the Dukays, a doo-wop quintet he fronted (Eugene Dixon, Shirley Jones, James Lowe, Earl Edwards and Ben Broyles). His record company preferred to promote a solo artist and thus one of s Read more

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