Syl Johnson Similar Artists

O.V. Wright - 100% match to Syl Johnson

Genres: Blues Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Overton Vertis Wright, 9 October 1939, Memphis, Tennessee, USA, d. 16 November 1980, USA. One of deep soul’s most impressive stylists, O.V. Wright’s first recordings were in the gospel tradition and it was while a member of the Harmony Echoes that he became acquainted with Roosevelt Jamison. This aspiring songwriter penned the singer’s secular debut, ‘Tha Read more

Ann Peebles - 94% match to Syl Johnson

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

Otis Clay - 78% match to Syl Johnson

Genres: Blues Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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11 February 1942, Waxhaw, Mississippi, USA. Clay was introduced to music as a member of his family’s gospel quintet, the Morning Glories. From there he joined the Voices Of Hope and the Christian Travellers. Upon moving to Chicago’s West Side in 1957 he sang with several groups including the Golden Jubilaires, the Blue Jays and the Pilgrim Harmonizers. However, it Read more

David Porter - 46% match to Syl Johnson

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s
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21 November 1941, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Although better recalled for his partnership with Isaac Hayes, Porter had been an active, if unsuccessful, performer prior to their meeting, recording for several labels including Savoy Records and Hi Records. The singer was also present on several early Stax Records sessions. Porter first encountered his future colleague when he tr Read more

Laura Lee - 45% match to Syl Johnson

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

The Soul Children - 42% match to Syl Johnson

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This group was formed as a vehicle for the songwriting talents of Isaac Hayes and David Porter in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Comprising Anita Louis (24 November 1949, Memphis, Tennessee, USA), Shelbra Bennett (b. Memphis, Tennessee, USA), John ‘Blackfoot’ Colbert (b. 20 November 1946, Greenville, Mississippi, USA) and Norman West (b. 30 October 1939, Monroe, Louisian Read more

Eddie Floyd - 40% match to Syl Johnson

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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25 June 1935, Montgomery, Alabama, USA. A founder member of the Detroit-based Falcons, Floyd was present on both their major hits, ‘You’re So Fine’ (1959) and ‘I Found A Love’ (1962). He then recorded solo for Lupine in Detroit and Safice in Washington, DC, before moving to Memphis in 1965 to join the Stax Records organization. He first made his mark Read more

Howard Tate - 40% match to Syl Johnson

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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1938, Macon, Georgia, USA. A former member of the Gainors with Garnet Mimms, Tate also sang with Bill Doggett’s band. A solo act by 1962, he (like Mimms) was guided by producer/songwriter Jerry Ragovoy. Between 1966 and 1968, Tate secured four US R&B hits on Verve Records including ‘Ain’t Nobody Home’, ‘Look At Granny Run, Run’ (later covere Read more

William Bell - 40% match to Syl Johnson

Genres: Doo Wop Holiday & Seasonal R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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William Yarborough, 16 July 1937, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Having recorded in 1957 as part of the Del Rios, Bell emerged on the fledgling Stax Records with ‘You Don’t Miss Your Water’ (1961), a cornerstone in the development of country R&B. Military service sadly undermined his musical career, and on its resumption he found the label bursting with competit Read more

Don Covay - 39% match to Syl Johnson

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Donald Randolph, 24 March 1938, Orangeburg, South Carolina, USA. Covay resettled in Washington during the early 50s and initially sang in the Cherry Keys, his family’s gospel quartet. He crossed over to secular music with the Rainbows, a formative vocal group that also included Marvin Gaye and Billy Stewart. Covay’s solo career began in 1957 as part of the Little R Read more

Joe Simon - 39% match to Syl Johnson

Genres: Christian & Gospel Disco Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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2 September 1943, Simmesport, Louisiana, USA. Simon’s professional career began following his move to Oakland, California, where a 1962 release, ‘My Adorable One’, was a minor hit. In 1964, Joe met John Richbourg, a Nashville-based disc jockey who began guiding the singer’s musical path, initially on the Sound Stage 7 label. ‘Let’s Do It Over Read more

Johnnie Taylor - 39% match to Syl Johnson

Genres: Disco R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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5 May 1938, Crawfordsville, Arkansas, USA, d. 31 May 2000, Dallas, Texas, USA. Having left home at the age of 15, Taylor surfaced as part of several gospel groups, including the Five Echoes and the Highway QCs. In 1956 he joined the Soul Stirrers, replacing Sam Cooke on the latter’s recommendation. Taylor switched to secular music in 1961; releases on Cooke’s Sar a Read more

The Sweet Inspirations - 39% match to Syl Johnson

Genres: Christian & Gospel R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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The Sweet Inspirations’ career reached back into the Drinkard Singers, a formative gospel group whose fluid line-up included Dionne Warwick and Cissy Houston. The group dropped this name on pursuing a secular path as session singers. Houston remained at the helm during several subsequent changes, (Doris Troy and Judy Clay were among the former members), and the group emerg Read more

Doris Duke - 37% match to Syl Johnson

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Doris Curry, 1945, Sandersville, Florida, USA. Duke emerged from a variety of gospel groups including the Raspberry Singers (which included Chuck Jackson), the David Sisters, the Evangelistic Gospel Singers and the Caravans. Between 1963 and 1967, Duke worked as a New York session singer, before recording a solo single under the name Doris Willingham. In 1968 she toured Euro Read more

Willie Mitchell - 36% match to Syl Johnson

Genres: Blues R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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3 January 1928, Ashland, Mississippi, USA. A veteran of several Memphis-based bands, Mitchell rose to prominence in the late 50s with an outfit that formed the basis for his production work and early solo recordings. The line-up included Lewis Steinberg and Al Jackson, both of whom would later appear in Booker T. And The MGs. By the 60s, Mitchell was leading the Hi Records h Read more


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