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Dave Bartholomew - 66% match to Tommy Ridgley

Genres: Blues Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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24 December 1920, Edgard, Louisiana, USA. Dave Bartholomew was one of the most important shapers of New Orleans R&B and rock ‘n’ roll during the 50s. A producer, arranger, songwriter, band leader and artist, Bartholomew produced and co-wrote most of Fats Domino’s major hits for Imperial Records. Bartholomew started playing the trumpet as a child, encourage Read more

Earl King - 56% match to Tommy Ridgley

Genres: Blues Funk
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Earl Silas Johnson IV, 7 February 1934, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. 17 April 2003, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. The son of a blues pianist, King became an accomplished guitarist and singer with local bands before making his first recordings in 1953 for Savoy Records (‘Have You Gone Crazy’, credited to Earl Johnson) and Specialty Records (‘A Mother’s L Read more

Chris Kenner - 54% match to Tommy Ridgley

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1980s 1990s
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25 December 1929, Kenner, Louisiana, USA, d. 25 January 1976, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. This New Orleans-based artist had a US Top 20 R&B hit in 1957 on the Imperial Records label with his own composition, ‘Sick And Tired’, a song later revived by Fats Domino. Kenner was one of the first signings to the Instant label, on which he recorded his three best-know Read more

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Benny Spellman - 50% match to Tommy Ridgley

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1980s
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11 December 1931, Pensacola, Florida, USA. Although a minor hit by chart standards, Benny Spellman’s ‘Lipstick Traces (On A Cigarette)’ is one of the most fondly recalled New Orleans R&B hits of the early 60s and was subsequently revived by the O’Jays. Its b-side, ‘Fortune Teller’, impressed the young Rolling Stones enough for them to cover Read more

Bobby Mitchell - 41% match to Tommy Ridgley

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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16 August 1935, Algiers, Louisiana, USA, d. 17 March 1989, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. After studying music in high school, Mitchell formed a vocal group, the Toppers, in June 1950. The group comprised various high school friends and they entered local talent shows. After being discovered by Dave Bartholomew in 1952, the group began recording for Imperial until they split u Read more

Barbara George - 39% match to Tommy Ridgley

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1990s
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16 August 1942, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. 10 Auigust 2006. Barbara George is best remembered for her 1961 R&B number 1 hit ‘I Know (You Don’t Love Me No More)’, released on the small AFO (All For One) label. George was discovered by Jessie Hill, another New Orleans R&B artist, himself known for the hit ‘Ooh Poo Pah Doo’. Hill brought Ge Read more

Smiley Lewis - 39% match to Tommy Ridgley

Genres: Blues Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Overton Amos Lemons, 5 July 1913, DeQuincy, Louisiana, USA, d. 7 October 1966, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. While failing to gain the commercial plaudits his work deserved, this New Orleans-based artist was responsible for some of that city’s finest music. He made his recording debut, as Smiling Lewis, in 1947, but his strongest work appeared during the 50s. ‘The B Read more

Paul Gayten - 36% match to Tommy Ridgley

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s
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29 January 1920, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. 29 March 1991. This R&B band leader and producer began his professional career when he formed a combo in the late 30s. Gayten made his first sides for the New Jersey-based Deluxe label in 1947 and immediately had a US R&B hit with ‘(You Don’t Love Me) True’ (number 5). The follow-up, ‘Since I Fell F Read more

Jessie Hill - 32% match to Tommy Ridgley

Genres: R&B / Soul
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Johnny Adams - 31% match to Tommy Ridgley

Genres: Blues Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Lathan John Adams, 5 January 1932, New Orleans, Mississippi, USA, d. 14 September 1998, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA. A former member of several gospel groups, Adams’ first recordings appeared in 1959 on Ric Records. Three years later he secured a minor R&B success with ‘A Losing Battle’, a slow ballad co-written by Dr. John. In 1968 he joined Shelby Single Read more

Robert Parker - 29% match to Tommy Ridgley

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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14 October 1930, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. An accomplished saxophonist, this versatile musician was first heard on numerous recordings by pianist Professor Longhair. Parker also appeared on sessions for Irma Thomas, Ernie K-Doe and Joe Tex while at the same time embarking on a singing career. His early releases were largely unsuccessful until ‘Barefootin’’, Read more

Shirley & Lee - 24% match to Tommy Ridgley

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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New Orleans-based duo Shirley Goodman (19 June 1936, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. 5 July 2005, Los Angeles, California, USA) and Leonard Lee (b. 29 June 1936, d. 23 October 1976) began recording together in 1952. Billed as ‘The Sweethearts of the Blues’, they enjoyed a series of US R&B hits, including ‘I’m Gone’ (1952) and ‘Feel So Good&# Read more

Sugar Boy Crawford - 22% match to Tommy Ridgley

Genres: R&B / Soul
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James Crawford, 12 October 1934, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Responsible for one of the two anthems of New Orleans’ Mardi Gras festival, Crawford’s career was cut short when he was assaulted by a policeman. A self-taught pianist, his career began when he and some school friends started an informal band that came to the attention of disc jockey Dr. Daddy-O. He name Read more

Cyril Neville - 21% match to Tommy Ridgley

Genres: Blues Funk
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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10 October 1948, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. The youngest of the four singing Neville brothers, Cyril also plays drums. He worked with his siblings in the Meters and the Neville Brothers , with the latter unit enjoying a critically acclaimed if not always commercially successful career from the mid-70s into the new millennium. Among the recordings of the brothers on which Read more

The Showmen - 21% match to Tommy Ridgley

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1990s
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An R&B vocal group from Norfolk, Virginia, USA. The Showmen were a classic early 60s transitional group who represented some of the dying gasps of doo-wop and the first stirrings of the soul revolution. The members were General Norman Johnson (23 May 1943, Norfolk, Virginia, USA), Milton Wells, Gene and Dorsey Wright, and Leslie Felton. The group signed with the New Orle Read more

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