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Johnnie Taylor - 100% match to Z.Z. Hill

Genres: Disco Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Soundtracks
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

Tyrone Davis - 100% match to Z.Z. Hill

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Funk R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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4 May 1938, Greenville, Mississippi, USA, d. 9 February 2005, Hinsdale, Illinois, USA. One of the great unsung talents of soul music, Davis was a consistent chart-maker for over 20 years. This former Freddie King valet was discovered working in Chicago nightclubs by pianist Harold Burrage, and began recording in 1965 as Tyrone The Wonder Boy. ‘Can I Change My Mind’ Read more

Latimore - 74% match to Z.Z. Hill

Genres: Blues R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Benjamin Latimore, 7 September 1939, Charleston, Tennessee, USA. This singer, who performed under his surname only, brought a blues feeling to 70s soul music. His passionate vocal delivery and keyboard-dominated style was particularly popular with his female audience. Latimore sang gospel music as a child in his family’s Baptist church but did not sing professionally un Read more

Joe Simon - 69% match to Z.Z. Hill

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

Denise LaSalle - 64% match to Z.Z. Hill

Genres: Blues Christian & Gospel R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Denise Craig, 16 July 1939, LeFlore County, Mississippi, USA. Having moved to Chicago in 1954 to pursue a career as a fiction writer, LaSalle turned to songwriting and by the late 60s had begun to record for Billy ‘The Kid’ Emerson’s Tarpon label, on which she achieved a sizeable local hit, ‘A Love Reputation’, in 1967. In 1969, she formed Crajon pro Read more

Shirley Brown - 54% match to Z.Z. Hill

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s
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Otis Clay - 50% match to Z.Z. Hill

Genres: Blues Christian & Gospel 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

Bobby "Blue" Bland - 47% match to Z.Z. Hill

Genres: Blues Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Robert Calvin Bland, 27 January 1930, Rosemark, Tennessee, USA. Having moved to Memphis with his mother, Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland started singing with local gospel groups, including the Miniatures. Eager to expand his interests, he began frequenting the city’s infamous Beale Street, where he became associated with an ad hoc circle of aspiring musicians, named, not u Read more

Little Milton - 47% match to Z.Z. Hill

Genres: Blues Jazz R&B / Soul
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Luther Ingram - 42% match to Z.Z. Hill

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Luther Thomas Ingram, 30 November 1944, Jackson, Tennessee, USA, d. 19 March 2007, St. Louis, Missouri, USA. This singer-songwriter’s professional career began in New York with work for producers Leiber And Stoller. Several unsuccessful singles followed, including ‘I Spy (For The FBI)’, which failed in the wake of Jamo Thomas’ 1966 hit version. Ingram the Read more

Clarence Carter - 41% match to Z.Z. Hill

Genres: Blues Funk R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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14 January 1936, Montgomery, Alabama, USA. Carter’s earliest releases were as half of the duo Clarence And Calvin. Also known as the C And C Boys, the blind duo made seven singles, the last of which was recorded at Fame’s Muscle Shoals studio. When his partner, Calvin Thomas (aka Scott), suffered serious injuries in a car accident in 1966, Carter became a solo act Read more

Swamp Dogg - 41% match to Z.Z. Hill

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Jerry Williams Jnr., 12 July 1942, Portsmouth, Virginia, USA. This eccentric performer first recorded, as Little Jerry, during the 50s. His subsequent releases were as varied as the outlets on which they appeared, although Williams did achieve a minor hit in 1966 with ‘Baby, You’re My Everything’. He later forsook a conventional direction by assuming his ‘ Read more

Bobby Marchan - 39% match to Z.Z. Hill

Genres: Easy Listening R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1980s 1990s
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30 April 1930, Youngstown, Ohio, USA, d. 5 December 1999, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Marchan was a New Orleans entertainer who had moderate success both as a rock ‘n’ roller and soul singer. His long-time career as a female impersonator reflected a time-honoured tradition in black entertainment, originating in medicine shows. He began performing in Ohio as a comi Read more

Jimmy Hughes - 38% match to Z.Z. Hill

Genres: Blues R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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1938, Leighton, Alabama, USA, d. 4 January 1997. This former member of the Singing Clouds abandoned the gospel field following the success of Arthur Alexander and recorded a handful of secular songs. When his producer, Rick Hall, was unable to secure an outlet for one such master, ‘Steal Away’, he issued it himself, inaugurating the Fame label. The prototype countr Read more

Laura Lee - 37% match to Z.Z. Hill

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


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