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Lionel Richie - 100% match to Jimmy Ruffin

Genres: R&B / Soul Pop / Rock Music Videos & Concerts Electronic & Ambient Funk R&B / Soul Pop / Rock Musicals & The Arts Comedy
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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20 June 1949, Tuskegee, Alabama, USA. Richie grew up on the campus of Tuskegee Institute, where he formed a succession of R&B groups in the mid-60s. In 1968, he became the lead singer and saxophonist with the Commodores. They signed to Atlantic Records in 1968 for a one-record contract, before moving to Motown Records, being schooled as support act to the Jackson Five. T Read more

O'Jays - 77% match to Jimmy Ruffin

Genres: R&B / Soul
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The O'Jays - 77% match to Jimmy Ruffin

Genres: R&B / Soul Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Television Funk
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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The core of this long-standing soul group, Eddie LeVert (16 June 1942, Birmingham, Alabama, USA) and Walter Williams (b. 25 August 1942, USA), sang together as a gospel duo prior to forming the Triumphs in 1958. This doo-wop-influenced quintet was completed by William Powell (b. 20 January 1942, USA, d. 26 May 1977), Bill Isles and Bobby Massey and quickly grew popular aroun Read more

The Spinners - 70% match to Jimmy Ruffin

Genres: R&B / Soul Pop / Rock Funk Television R&B / Soul Music Videos & Concerts Doo Wop
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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The Isley Brothers - 67% match to Jimmy Ruffin

Genres: R&B / Soul Pop / Rock Funk Holiday & Seasonal Music Videos & Concerts Doo Wop R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Three brothers, O’Kelly (25 December 1937, d. 31 March 1986), Rudolph (b. 1 April 1939) and Ronald Isley (b. 21 May 1941), began singing gospel in their home-town of Cincinnati, USA, in the early 50s, accompanied by their brother Vernon, who died in a car crash around 1957. Moving to New York the following year, the trio issued one-off singles before being signed by the Read more

Kool & The Gang - 65% match to Jimmy Ruffin

Genres: R&B / Soul Pop / Rock Funk Disco Music Videos & Concerts R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Originally formed as a quartet, the Jazziacs, by Robert ‘Kool’ Bell (8 October 1950, Youngstown, Ohio, USA; bass), Robert ‘Spike’ Mickens (b. Jersey City, New Jersey, USA; trumpet), Ronald ‘The Captain’ Bell - later known by his Muslim name Amir Bayyan (b. 1 November 1951, Youngstown, Ohio, USA; saxophone, keyboards) and Dennis ‘D.T.’ Read more

Ohio Players - 65% match to Jimmy Ruffin

Genres: R&B / Soul Funk Pop / Rock Soundtracks Disco
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in Dayton, Ohio, USA, this multi-talented unit originated from four members of the Ohio Untouchables, saxophonists Ralph ‘Pee Wee’ Middlebrooks and Clarence ‘Satch’ Satchell, bass player Marshall Jones and guitarist Leroy ‘Sugarfoot’ Bonner. The Ohio Untouchables forged a reputation as a powerful instrumental group by providing the backing t Read more

Temptations, The - 64% match to Jimmy Ruffin

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The Temptations - 64% match to Jimmy Ruffin

Genres: R&B / Soul Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock Music Videos & Concerts R&B / Soul Doo Wop Funk Pop / Rock Christian & Gospel
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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The Brothers Johnson - 62% match to Jimmy Ruffin

Genres: R&B / Soul Pop / Rock Disco Funk Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Television
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This US hard-funk duo featured George Johnson (17 May 1953, Los Angeles, California, USA; guitar, vocals) and Louis Johnson (b. 13 April 1955, Los Angeles, California, USA; bass). They previously worked alongside their older brother Tommy and cousin Alex Weir in the band Johnson Three Plus One, backing the Supremes and Bobby Womack. George and Louis then went on to tour with Read more

Rick James - 60% match to Jimmy Ruffin

Genres: R&B / Soul Funk Music Videos & Concerts R&B / Soul Music & Radio Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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James Ambrose Johnson, 1 February 1948, Buffalo, New York, USA, d. 6 August 2004, Los Angeles, California, USA. The nephew of Temptations vocalist Melvin Franklin, James pioneered a crossover style between R&B and rock in the mid-60s. Having fled to Canada after going AWOL from the US Naval Reserve, in 1965 he formed the Mynah Birds with two future members of the Buffalo Read more

Four Tops - 59% match to Jimmy Ruffin

Genres: R&B / Soul Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Music Videos & Concerts Christian & Gospel Doo Wop Funk
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Diana Ross - 58% match to Jimmy Ruffin

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

Earth, Wind & Fire - 58% match to Jimmy Ruffin

Genres: R&B / Soul Pop / Rock Funk Music Videos & Concerts R&B / Soul Television Holiday & Seasonal Musicals & The Arts Music Theme
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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The origins of this imaginative US group date back to the 60s and Chicago’s black music session circle. Drummer Maurice White (19 December 1941, Memphis, Tennessee, USA) appeared on sessions for Etta James, Fontella Bass, Billy Stewart and more, before joining the Ramsey Lewis Trio in 1965. He left four years later to form the Salty Peppers, which prepared the way for a Read more

Gap Band - 58% match to Jimmy Ruffin

Genres: Disco
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