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Detroit Emeralds - 85% match to Brenda Holloway

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA, by the Tilmon brothers, Abrim, Ivory, Cleophus and Raymond, the Emeralds’ first hit came in 1968 when ‘Show Time’ reached the US R&B Top 30. By the time ‘Do My Right’ (1971) reached the Soul Top 10, the line-up had been reduced to a trio of Abrim, Ivory and mutual friend James Mitchell (Perry, Florida, USA). Read more

Carla Thomas - 78% match to Brenda Holloway

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal R&B / Soul R&B / Soul Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Soundtracks Easy Listening
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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21 December 1942, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. The daughter of Rufus Thomas, Carla first performed with the Teen Town Singers. ‘‘Cause I Love You’, a duet with her father, was released on Satellite (later Stax Records) in 1960, but the following year she established herself as a solo act with ‘Gee Whiz (Look At His Eyes)’. Leased to Atlantic Records, the Read more

Martha & The Vandellas - 48% match to Brenda Holloway

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul R&B / Soul Comedy Music Videos & Concerts
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Martha Reeves - 48% match to Brenda Holloway

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts R&B / Soul R&B / Soul Pop / Rock Pop / Rock Disco
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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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

The Velvelettes - 48% match to Brenda Holloway

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1990s 2000s
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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

Kim Weston - 45% match to Brenda Holloway

Genres: R&B / Soul R&B / Soul Music Videos & Concerts Funk Holiday & Seasonal
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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Agatha Natalie Weston, 20 December 1939, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Kim Weston received her musical education with the Wright Specials gospel group, an influence that survived throughout her subsequent career. Torn between pursuing music or acting, she was persuaded to join the Motown Records label in the early 60s by Johnny Thornton, the cousin of two of the label’s top Read more

The Elgins - 45% match to Brenda Holloway

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1990s
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US-born Johnny Dawson, Cleo Miller and Robert Fleming, later replaced by Norbert McClean, sang together in three Detroit vocal groups in the late 50s, the Sensations, the Five Emeralds and the Downbeats. Under the last of these names, they recorded two singles for Motown Records in 1959 and 1962. Also in 1962, Saundra Mallett (later Saundra Mallett Edwards) issued ‘Camel W Read more

Eddie Holland - 43% match to Brenda Holloway

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s
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30 October 1939, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Like his brother Brian Holland, Eddie was active in the Detroit music scene from the mid-50s onwards, leading the Fidelatones vocal group, and producing demo recordings for Jackie Wilson. In 1958, he met Berry Gordy, who produced a series of solo singles for Holland on Mercury Records and United Artists Records. Gordy signed Holland t Read more

Jimmy Ruffin - 43% match to Brenda Holloway

Genres: R&B / Soul Pop / Rock Music Videos & Concerts R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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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

Mary Wells - 33% match to Brenda Holloway

Genres: R&B / Soul Pop / Rock Music Videos & Concerts R&B / Soul Pop / Rock Documentaries Funk Music & Radio
Decades Active: 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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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

The Marvelettes - 33% match to Brenda Holloway

Genres: R&B / Soul Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Music Videos & Concerts Funk
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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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

Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - 32% match to Brenda Holloway

Genres: R&B / Soul Pop / Rock Holiday & Seasonal Music Videos & Concerts Christian & Gospel Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Funk
Decades Active: 1960s
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The Miracles - 32% match to Brenda Holloway

Genres: R&B / Soul Pop / Rock Doo Wop Holiday & Seasonal Music Videos & Concerts Funk R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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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

Contours - 30% match to Brenda Holloway

Genres: R&B / Soul
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The Contours - 30% match to Brenda Holloway

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul R&B / Soul Funk Music Videos & Concerts
Decades Active: 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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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


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