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The Strangers - 100% match to The Esquires

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1990s
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Carla Thomas - 67% match to The Esquires

Genres: Easy Listening Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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21 December 1942, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. The daughter of Rufus Thomas, Carla first performed with the Teen Town Singers. ‘‘Cause I Love You’, a duet with her father, was released on Satellite (later Stax Records) in 1960, but the following year she established herself as a solo act with ‘Gee Whiz (Look At His Eyes)’. Leased to Atlantic Records, the Read more

Willie Hutch - 67% match to The Esquires

Genres: R&B / Soul Soundtracks
Decades Active: 1970s
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Little Anthony & The Imperials - 65% match to The Esquires

Genres: Doo Wop Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s
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Formed in Brooklyn, New York, USA, in 1957, and originally called the Chesters, the group comprised ‘Little’ Anthony Gourdine (8 January 1940, Brooklyn, New York, USA), Ernest Wright Jnr. (b. 24 August 1941, Brooklyn, New York, USA), Clarence Collins (b. 17 March 1941, Brooklyn, New York, USA), Tracy Lord and Glouster Rogers (b. 1940). A vital link between doo-wop Read more

Joe Tex - 63% match to The Esquires

Genres: Easy Listening Funk R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Joseph Arrington Jnr., 8 August 1933, Rogers, Texas, USA, d. 13 August 1982, Navasota, Texas, USA. The professional career of this popular singer began onstage at the Apollo. He won first place in a 1954 talent contest and duly secured a record deal. Releases on King Records, Ace Records and the Anna labels were derivative and disappointing, but Tex meanwhile honed his songw Read more

William Bell - 63% match to The Esquires

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

Barbara Mason - 59% match to The Esquires

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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9 August 1947, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Mason first recorded for Crusader Records in 1964, but did not achieve success until she began recording for the Philadelphia-based Artic label the following year. With her voice sounding young and innocent in its thinness and flatness, Mason reached the US charts with the marvellous ‘Yes, I’m Ready’ (R&B num Read more

Billy Stewart - 58% match to The Esquires

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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24 March 1937, Washington, DC, USA, d. 17 January 1970, North Carolina, USA. Introduced to music by his family’s Stewart Gospel Singers, Billy embraced a more secular direction with the Rainbows, a group that also included Don Covay and Marvin Gaye. From there Stewart joined Bo Diddley’s band on piano. His solo debut, ‘Billy’s Blues’, was released on Read more

Howard Tate - 58% match to The Esquires

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

The Sylvers - 53% match to The Esquires

Genres: Disco Funk R&B / Soul Vocals
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, and originally known as the Little Angels, the Sylvers were a family act tutored by their former opera singing mother, Shirley Sylvers. Her children, Leon Frank III, Charmaine, Olympia-Ann and James, started performing at local talent shows in Memphis, before moving to Harlem, New York - providing a more sympathetic audience for their pop R&am Read more

Gene Chandler - 50% match to The Esquires

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

The Casinos - 50% match to The Esquires

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1940s 1960s 1990s
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Formed in 1958 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, the Casinos originally comprised Gene Hughes (d. 3 February 2004), Glen Hughes, Pete Bolton, Joe Patterson and Ray White. After gaining popularity locally, they signed with the small Terry Records and covered the Carla Thomas R&B ballad ‘Gee Whiz’, with no success. They then switched to the local Fraternity Records and reco Read more

Barbara Lewis - 49% match to The Esquires

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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9 February 1943, Salem, Michigan, USA. Signed to Atlantic Records in 1961, Lewis enjoyed several regional hits before the sensual ‘Hello Stranger’ established her light but enthralling style. Recorded in Chicago, the performance was enhanced by the vocal support of the Dells. Further singles included the vibrant ‘Someday We’re Gonna Love Again’ (196 Read more

Roy Hamilton - 48% match to The Esquires

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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16 April 1929, Leesburg, Georgia, USA, d. 20 July 1969, New Rochelle, New York, USA. Hamilton’s booming baritone voice made him a 50s hitmaker singing gospel-flavoured pop songs. In the late 40s Hamilton honed his singing skills in a church choir and as a member of its offshoot quartet, the Searchlight Singers. He won a talent contest at the Apollo Theatre in 1947, but Read more

Jerry Butler - 47% match to The Esquires

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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8 December 1939, Sunflower, Mississippi, USA. Jerry, older brother of Billy Butler, moved to Chicago as a child and was later part of the city’s burgeoning gospel circuit. He subsequently joined several secular groups, including the Roosters, an aspiring trio of Sam Gooden and Richard and Arthur Brooks. Butler then suggested they add his friend, Curtis Mayfield, on guit Read more


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