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The Main Ingredient - 100% match to The Friends of Distinction

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This durable New York, USA-based soul group was formed as the Poets in 1964 by Donald McPherson (9 July 1941, USA, d. 4 July 1971, USA), Luther Simmons Jnr. (b. 9 September 1942, New York, USA) and Tony Silvester (b. 7 October 1941, Panama, d. 26 November 2006, USA). One of several groups using the name ‘the Poets’, the trio decided to become the Main Ingredient an Read more

Gene Chandler - 67% match to The Friends of Distinction

Genres: Disco Funk 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

King Floyd - 66% match to The Friends of Distinction

Genres: Funk R&B / Soul
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Honey Cone - 65% match to The Friends of Distinction

Genres: R&B / Soul
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Teena Marie - 64% match to The Friends of Distinction

Genres: Funk Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Mary Christine Brockert, 5 March 1957, Santa Monica, California, USA. A singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, arranger and producer, Teena Marie is rightly fêted as one of the few white artists to sustain a consistent career in the US soul market. Spotted by Motown Records’ Berry Gordy in the 70s, he linked her up with funk star and labelmate Rick James, and h Read more

B.T. Express - 61% match to The Friends of Distinction

Genres: Funk R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Originally formed as the King Davis House Rockers in 1972, this Brooklyn-based septet underwent several name changes, including the Madison Street Express and the Brothers Trucking, before finally settling on the above. Bill Risbrook (saxophone/vocals), his brother Louis (bass/organ), Carlos Ward (saxophone/woodwind), Richard Thompson (lead guitar/vocals), Dennis Rowe (congas), Read more

The Dramatics - 61% match to The Friends of Distinction

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock R&B / Soul R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This R&B vocal group was formed in Detroit in 1964 as the Sensations. They changed their name to the Dramatics in 1965 and originally comprised lead Larry Reed, Rob Davis, Elbert Wilkins, Robert Ellington, Larry Demps (23 February 1949) and Ron Banks (b. 10 May 1951, Detroit, Michigan, USA). Ellington quickly dropped out. The Dramatics were a typical 60s stand-up vocal g Read more

Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose - 59% match to The Friends of Distinction

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1990s 2000s
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An R&B family group from Dania, Florida, USA, their highly infectious mid-tempo soft soul was heavily orchestrated, and was more typical of northern US cities than the south. This broke the mode of Miami-based music, which tended to be of the ‘deep soul’ variety. The original group, comprising Edward (who wrote most of the songs), Carter (1948, d. 7 November 19 Read more

5th Dimension - 56% match to The Friends of Distinction

Genres: R&B / Soul
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The 5th Dimension - 56% match to The Friends of Distinction

Genres: Easy Listening Pop / Rock Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Originally known as the Versatiles and later as the Vocals, Marilyn McCoo (30 September 1943, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA), Florence LaRue (b. 4 February 1944, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA), Billy Davis Jnr. (b. 26 June 1940, St. Louis, Missouri, USA), Lamont McLemore (b. 17 September 1940, St. Louis, Missouri, USA) and Ron Townson (b. 20 January 1933, St. Louis, Missour Read more

The Stylistics - 54% match to The Friends of Distinction

Genres: Funk Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock R&B / Soul R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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The Stylistics were formed in 1968 from the fragments of two Philadelphia groups, the Monarchs and the Percussions, by Russell Thompkins Jnr. (21 March 1951, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA), Airrion Love (b. 8 August 1949, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA), James Smith (b. 16 June 1950, New York City, USA), Herbie Murrell (b. 27 April 1949, Lane, South Carolina, USA) and Jam Read more

Blue Magic - 51% match to The Friends of Distinction

Genres: R&B / Soul R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This Philadelphia, USA-based vocal quintet comprised Theodore ‘Ted’ Mills (lead), Vernon Sawyer (tenor, baritone), Wendell Sawyer (baritone), Keith Beaton (tenor) and Richard Pratt (bass). Produced by Norman Harris, a Philly sweet soul veteran, the group’s textured harmonies were ably supported by the classic MFSB house band, resulting in some of the genre’s Read more

The Moments - 49% match to The Friends of Distinction

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in Hackensack, New Jersey, USA, in 1968, this distinctive sweet soul trio comprised Al Goodman (31 March 1947, Jackson, Mississippi, USA; ex-Vipers and Corvettes), Harry Ray (b. 15 December 1946, Longbranch, New Jersey, USA, d. 1 October 1992; ex-Sounds Of Soul and Establishment) and William Brown (b. 30 June 1946, Perth Amboy, New Jersey, USA; ex-Broadways and Unique Read more

Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes - 44% match to The Friends of Distinction

Genres: Doo Wop Funk Holiday & Seasonal R&B / Soul R&B / Soul
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The O'Jays - 44% match to The Friends of Distinction

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock R&B / Soul R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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The core of this long-standing soul group, Eddie LeVert (16 June 1942, Birmingham, Alabama, USA) and Walter Williams (b. 25 August 1942, USA), sang together as a gospel duo prior to forming the Triumphs in 1958. This doo-wop-influenced quintet was completed by William Powell (b. 20 January 1942, USA, d. 26 May 1977), Bill Isles and Bobby Massey and quickly grew popular aroun Read more


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