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Etta James - 100% match to Aretha Franklin

Genres: Blues R&B / Soul Pop / Rock Music Videos & Concerts Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Blues Vocals R&B / Soul Television Christian & Gospel Funk Musicals & The Arts
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Jamesetta Hawkins, 25 January 1938, Los Angeles, California, USA. James’ introduction to performing followed an impromptu audition for Johnny Otis backstage at San Francisco’s Fillmore Auditorium. ‘Roll With Me Henry’, her ‘answer’ to the Hank Ballard hit ‘Work With Me Annie’, was retitled ‘The Wallflower’ in an effort to dis Read more

Gladys Knight & The Pips - 95% match to Aretha Franklin

Genres: R&B / Soul Pop / Rock Holiday & Seasonal Music Videos & Concerts Funk Pop / Rock Christian & Gospel Disco R&B / Soul Soundtracks Television Vocals
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Otis Redding - 88% match to Aretha Franklin

Genres: R&B / Soul Holiday & Seasonal Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Foreign Films Easy Listening Music & Radio
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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9 September 1941, Dawson, Georgia, USA, d. 10 December 1967, Lake Monona, Madison, Wisconsin, USA. The son of a Baptist minister with the same name, Redding assimilated gospel music during his childhood and soon became interested in jump blues and R&B. After resettling in Macon, he became infatuated with local luminary Little Richard and began singing on a full-time basi Read more

Ike & Tina Turner - 86% match to Aretha Franklin

Genres: R&B / Soul Pop / Rock Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Funk
Decades Active: 1960s
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Ike Turner - 86% match to Aretha Franklin

Genres: R&B / Soul Music Videos & Concerts R&B / Soul Pop / Rock Pop / Rock Blues Blues
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Izear Luster Turner Jnr., 5 November 1931, Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA, d. 12 November 2007, San Marcos, California, USA. R&B stalwart Ike Turner was a music business legend for the best and worst of reasons. As the undisputed leader of the Ike And Tina Turner Revue he helped to revolutionize the world of R&B and live performance in the 60s. As a husband to Tina Tu Read more

Diana Ross - 80% match to Aretha Franklin

Genres: R&B / Soul Drama Musicals & The Arts R&B / Soul Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Disco Electronic & Ambient Funk Holiday & Seasonal Holiday & Seasonal Documentaries Soundtracks Television Vocals
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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26 March 1944, Detroit, Michigan, USA. While still in high school Ross became the fourth and final member of the Primettes, who recorded for Lu-Pine in 1960, signed to Motown Records in 1961 and then changed their name to the Supremes. She was a backing vocalist on the group’s early releases, until Motown boss Berry Gordy insisted that she become their lead singer, a r Read more

Ray Charles - 79% match to Aretha Franklin

Genres: R&B / Soul Holiday & Seasonal Blues Pop / Rock Music Videos & Concerts Jazz R&B / Soul Television Drama Comedy Pop / Rock Country & Bluegrass Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Vocals Country & Bluegrass Documentaries Folk Blues Christian & Gospel
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Ray Charles Robinson, 23 September 1930, Albany, Georgia, USA, d. 10 June 2004, Beverly Hills, California, USA. Few epithets sit less comfortably than that of genius; Ray Charles held this title for over 40 years and he was a true musical genius. As a singer, composer, arranger and pianist, his prolific work deserved no other praise.Born in extreme po Read more

Dionne Warwick - 78% match to Aretha Franklin

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Vocals Music Videos & Concerts Television Vocals R&B / Soul Pop / Rock Holiday & Seasonal Kids & Family Action & Adventure Drama Easy Listening Funk Soundtracks Soundtracks
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Marie Dionne Warrick, 12 December 1940, East Orange, New Jersey, USA. One of the truly sophisticated voices over the past five decades of soul influenced pop, Warwick first sang in Newark’s New Hope Baptist Church choir. She played piano with the Drinkard Singers, a gospel group her mother managed, and studied at Connecticut’s Hart School of Music. During the same Read more

Wilson Pickett - 77% match to Aretha Franklin

Genres: R&B / Soul Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Reggae Easy Listening Music & Radio Music Videos & Concerts
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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18 March 1941, Prattville, Alabama, USA, d. 19 January 2006, Reston, Virginia, USA. The ‘wicked Pickett’ was one of the great southern soul singers to emerge during the 60s. Pickett moved to Detroit, Michigan in his early teens. He joined gospel group the Violinaires and embarked on church tours throughout North America. In his late teens he graduated to secular mu Read more

Labelle - 76% match to Aretha Franklin

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Television Electronic & Ambient Funk
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This popular soul act evolved from two friends, Patti LaBelle (Patricia Holt, 24 May 1944, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA) and Cindy Birdsong (b. 15 December 1939, Camden, New Jersey, USA), who sang together in a high school group, the Ordettes. In 1962, they teamed up with two girls from another local attraction, the Del Capris - Nona Hendryx (b. 18 August 1945, Trenton, N Read more

Patti LaBelle - 76% match to Aretha Franklin

Genres: R&B / Soul Holiday & Seasonal Soundtracks Television Drama Musicals & The Arts Jazz Kids & Family Disco Documentaries
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Patricia Louise Holt, 24 May 1944, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. The lead singer of LaBelle began her solo career in 1976 when her former group, who had originally begun recording in the early 60s as the Blue Belles, disbanded. Although her first releases showed promise, she was unable to regain the profile enjoyed by LaBelle and at the beginning of the 80s, Patti agreed Read more

Marvin Gaye - 74% match to Aretha Franklin

Genres: R&B / Soul Pop / Rock Music Videos & Concerts Holiday & Seasonal R&B / Soul Soundtracks Television Pop / Rock Action & Adventure Funk Heavy Metal Christian & Gospel Disco
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Marvin Pentz Gay Jnr., 2 April 1939, Washington, DC, USA, d. 1 April 1984, Los Angeles, California, USA. Gaye was named after his father, a minister in the Apostolic Church. The spiritual influence of his early years played a formative role in his musical career, particularly from the 70s onwards, when his songwriting shifted back and forth between secular and religious topi Read more

Al Green - 71% match to Aretha Franklin

Genres: R&B / Soul Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Christian & Gospel R&B / Soul Christian & Gospel Funk Holiday & Seasonal Music & Radio
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Donny Hathaway - 71% match to Aretha Franklin

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal R&B / Soul Disco
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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1 October 1945, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 13 January 1979, New York City, New York, USA. Originally schooled in the gospel tradition, this versatile artist was raised in St. Louis and majored in musical theory at Howard University in Washington DC. He performed in a cocktail jazz trio before gaining employment as a producer with Curtis Mayfield’s Curtom Records. A duet Read more

Roberta Flack - 71% match to Aretha Franklin

Genres: R&B / Soul Musicals & The Arts Pop / Rock Soundtracks Music Videos & Concerts
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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10 February 1937, Asheville, North Carolina, USA. Born into a musical family, Flack graduated from Howard University with a BA in music. She was discovered singing and playing jazz in a Washington nightclub by pianist Les McCann, who recommended her talents to Atlantic Records. Two classy albums, First Take andChapter Two, garnered considerable acclaim for their skilful, oft Read more


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