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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

Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose - 62% 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

The Five Stairsteps - 59% match to The Friends Of Distinction

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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A Chicago group comprised of Burke family members Clarence Jnr. (1951), James (b. 1952), Aloha (b. 1950), Kenneth (b. 1954) and Dennis (b. 1953). Discovered and produced by Curtis Mayfield, this young quintet enjoyed a consistent run of R&B chart success, with releases on the Windy C, Curtom and Buddah labels. The unit’s material - ‘You Waited Too Long’ (1 Read more

The Dramatics - 58% match to The Friends Of Distinction

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal 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

Honey Cone - 55% match to The Friends Of Distinction

Genres: R&B / Soul
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The 5th Dimension - 54% match to The Friends Of Distinction

Genres: Easy Listening 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 Chi-Lites - 45% match to The Friends Of Distinction

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in Chicago in 1960 and originally called the Hi-Lites, the group featured Eugene Record (23 December 1940, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 22 July 2005, Chicago, Illinois, USA), Robert Lester (b. 1942, McComb, Mississippi, USA), Creadel Jones (b. 1939, St. Louis, Missouri, USA) and Marshall Thompson (b. April 1941, Chicago, Illinois, USA). Imbued with the tradition of doo- Read more

The Spinners - 45% match to The Friends Of Distinction

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Barbara Acklin - 39% match to The Friends Of Distinction

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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28 February 1944, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 27 November 1998, Omaha, Nebraska, USA. A vocalist in the style of Dionne Warwick and Brenda Holloway, Acklin first recorded for Special Agent under the name Barbara Allen. In 1966, following a spell as a backing singer, she worked as a receptionist at the Brunswick Records offices, and submitted some of her own compositions to p Read more

Jerry Butler - 39% match to The Friends Of Distinction

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

The Dells - 39% match to The Friends Of Distinction

Genres: Doo Wop Easy Listening Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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A US soul vocal and close harmony group formed in 1953 as the El-Rays, when the members - Johnny Funches (18 July 1935, d. 23 January 1998; lead), Marvin Junior (b. 31 January 1936, Harrell, Arkansas, USA; tenor), Verne Allison (b. 22 June 1936, Chicago, Illinois, USA; tenor), Lucius McGill (b. 1935, Chicago, Illinois, USA; tenor), Mickey McGill (b. 17 February 1937, Chicago Read more

Brenda & The Tabulations - 38% match to The Friends Of Distinction

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 2000s
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This R&B vocal group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, comprising Brenda Payton (d. 14 June 1992), Jerry Jones, Eddie Jackson, and Maurice Coates, was recognizable for the fetchingly innocent-sounding vocals of Payton on a series of intensely sung ballads. Their biggest hit was their 1967 debut single on the Dionn label, ‘Dry My Eyes’ (number 8 US R&B char Read more

The Stylistics - 38% match to The Friends Of Distinction

Genres: Funk Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock 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 - 36% match to The Friends Of Distinction

Genres: 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 Delfonics - 36% match to The Friends Of Distinction

Genres: Easy Listening R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in Philadelphia, USA, in 1965 and originally known as the Four Gents, the Delfonics featured William Hart (17 January 1945, Washington, DC, USA), Wilbert Hart (b. 19 October 1947, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA), Randy Cain (b. 2 May 1945, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA) and Ritchie Daniels. An instigator of the Philly Sound, the above line-up evolved out of an earl Read more


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