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Marv Johnson - 100% match to Barrett Strong

Genres: R&B / Soul Pop / Rock
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Marvin Earl Johnson, 15 October 1938, Detroit, Michigan, USA, d. 16 May 1993, Columbia, South Carolina, USA. The gospel training that Johnson received as a teenager in the Junior Serenaders was a major influence on his early R&B releases. In 1958, he formed a partnership with the young Berry Gordy, who was then working as a songwriter and producer for Jackie Wilson. Gord Read more

Jimmy Ruffin - 92% match to Barrett Strong

Genres: R&B / Soul Easy Listening
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7 May 1939, Collinsville, Mississippi, USA. The son of a minister, Ruffin was born into a musical family: his brother, David Ruffin, and cousin, Melvin Franklin, both became mainstays of the Temptations. Ruffin abandoned his gospel background to become a session singer in the early 60s, joining the Motown Records stable in 1961 for a one-off single before he was drafted for Read more

Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - 81% match to Barrett Strong

Genres: R&B / Soul Pop / Rock Holiday & Seasonal Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Soundtracks
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The Miracles - 81% match to Barrett Strong

Genres: R&B / Soul Pop / Rock Doo Wop Holiday & Seasonal Music Videos & Concerts Blues R&B / Soul
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Of all the R&B vocal groups formed in Detroit, Michigan, USA, in the mid-50s, the Miracles proved to be the most successful. They were founded at the city’s Northern High School in 1955 by Smokey Robinson (William Robinson, 19 February 1940, Detroit, Michigan, USA), Emerson Rogers, Bobby Rogers (b. 19 February 1940, Detroit, Michigan, USA), Ronnie White (b. 5 April Read more

Jr. Walker & The All Stars - 74% match to Barrett Strong

Genres: R&B / Soul Pop / Rock Blues
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Sam & Dave - 68% match to Barrett Strong

Genres: R&B / Soul Pop / Rock
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Samuel David Moore (12 October 1935, Miami, Florida, USA) and David Prater (b. 9 May 1937, Ocilla, Georgia, USA, d. 9 April 1988). Sam And Dave first performed together in 1961 at Miami’s King Of Hearts club. Moore originally sang in his father’s Baptist church before joining the Melonaires, while Prater, who had worked with the Sensational Hummingbirds, was also g Read more

The Velvelettes - 59% match to Barrett Strong

Genres: Funk Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
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Two pairs of sisters, Millie and Cal Gill, and Bertha and Norma Barbee, formed the original Velvelettes line-up in 1961 at Western Michigan State University. After recording a one-off single, ‘There He Goes’, for IPG Records in 1963, they were signed to Motown Records, where they were placed in the hands of fledgling producer Norman Whitfield. This partnership spawned Read more

The Marvelettes - 57% match to Barrett Strong

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul R&B / Soul Soundtracks Vocals Dance Music Videos & Concerts
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The Marvelettes’ career epitomized the haphazard progress endured by many of the leading girl-groups of the early 60s. Despite enjoying several major US hits, they were unable to sustain a consistent line-up, and their constant shifts in personnel made it difficult to overcome their rather anonymous public image. The group was formed in the late 50s by five students at Ink Read more

The Contours - 55% match to Barrett Strong

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul New Age R&B / Soul Dance Music Videos & Concerts
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The Contours formed as an R&B vocal group in Detroit in 1959, featuring lead vocalist Billy Gordon, Billy Hoggs, Joe Billingslea and Sylvester Potts. Hubert Johnson (14 January 1941, d. 11 July 1981) joined the line-up in 1960, and it was his cousin Jackie Wilson who secured the group an audition and then a contract with Motown Records in 1961. Initial singles proved uns Read more

The Temptations - 55% match to Barrett Strong

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal R&B / Soul Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Music Videos & Concerts Doo Wop Soundtracks Drama Funk Musicals & The Arts
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Edwin Starr - 53% match to Barrett Strong

Genres: R&B / Soul Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
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Charles Edwin Hatcher, 21 January 1942, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, d. 2 April 2003, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England. The brother of soul singers Roger and Willie Hatcher, Starr was raised in Cleveland, where he formed the Future Tones vocal group in 1957. They recorded one single for Tress, before Starr was drafted into the US Army for three years. After completing his Read more

Martha & The Vandellas - 53% match to Barrett Strong

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Comedy
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Martha Reeves - 53% match to Barrett Strong

Genres: R&B / Soul Music Videos & Concerts R&B / Soul Pop / Rock Pop / Rock Funk Vintage Erotica & Mature
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18 July 1941, Alabama, USA. Reeves was schooled in both gospel and classical music, but it was vocal group R&B that caught her imagination. She began performing in the late 50s under the name Martha Lavaille, briefly joining the Fascinations and then the Del-Phis. In 1961 she joined the fledgling Motown Records organization in Detroit, where she served as secretary to Wi Read more

Mary Wells - 53% match to Barrett Strong

Genres: R&B / Soul Pop / Rock Music Videos & Concerts R&B / Soul Pop / Rock Documentaries Jazz Music & Radio
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13 May 1943, Detroit, Michigan, USA, d. 26 July 1992, Los Angeles, California, USA. At the age of 17, Mary Wells composed ‘Bye Bye Baby’, a song which she offered to R&B star Jackie Wilson. His producer, Berry Gordy, was sufficiently impressed to offer her a contract with the newly formed Motown Records label, and Wells’ rendition of her song became one of Read more

Michael Jackson - 53% match to Barrett Strong

Genres: R&B / Soul Pop / Rock Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Documentaries Music Theme Holiday & Seasonal Sci-Fi / Fantasy Music & Radio Dance Kids & Family Drama Electronic & Ambient Funk Soundtracks Spoken Word R&B / Soul Musicals & The Arts
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Michael Joseph Jackson, 29 August 1958, Gary, Indiana, USA. Jackson has spent almost his entire life as a public performer. He was a founder member of the Jackson Five at the age of four, soon becoming their lead vocalist and frontman. Onstage, he modelled his dance moves and vocal styling on James Brown, and portrayed an absolute self-confidence on stage that belied his shy Read more

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