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Ann Peebles - 100% match to Syl Johnson

Genres: R&B / Soul Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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27 April 1947, East St. Louis, Missouri, USA. An impromptu appearance at the Rosewood Club in Memphis led to Peebles’ recording contract. Band leader Gene Miller took the singer to producer Willie Mitchell, whose skills fashioned an impressive debut single, ‘Walk Away’ (1969). Peebles’ style was more fully shaped with ‘Part Time Love’ (1970), an Read more

O.V. Wright - 78% match to Syl Johnson

Genres: R&B / Soul Vocals Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Overton Vertis Wright, 9 October 1939, Memphis, Tennessee, USA, d. 16 November 1980, USA. One of deep soul’s most impressive stylists, O.V. Wright’s first recordings were in the gospel tradition and it was while a member of the Harmony Echoes that he became acquainted with Roosevelt Jamison. This aspiring songwriter penned the singer’s secular debut, ‘Tha Read more

Millie Jackson - 75% match to Syl Johnson

Genres: R&B / Soul Disco Electronic & Ambient Funk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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15 July 1944, Thompson, Georgia, USA. A former model, Millie Jackson’s controversial singing career began professionally in 1964 at a club in Hoboken, New Jersey, USA. Her first recordings followed in 1970; over the next three years she made several excellent, if traditional, soul singles, which included two US R&B Top 10 entries, with ‘Ask Me What You Want Read more

Bobby Womack - 71% match to Syl Johnson

Genres: R&B / Soul Pop / Rock Music & Radio Soundtracks
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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4 March 1944, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. A founder member of the Valentinos, this accomplished musician also worked as a guitarist in Sam Cooke’s touring band. He scandalized the music fraternity by marrying Barbara Campbell, Cooke’s widow, barely three months after the ill-fated singer’s death. Womack’s early solo singles, ‘Nothing You Can Do’ and t Read more

Rufus Thomas - 67% match to Syl Johnson

Genres: R&B / Soul Pop / Rock Music Videos & Concerts Holiday & Seasonal Blues Funk R&B / Soul Soundtracks Television
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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26 March 1917, Cayce, Mississippi, USA, d. 15 December 2001, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. A singer, dancer and entertainer, Thomas learned his trade as a member of the Rabbit Foot Minstrels, a vaudeville-inspired touring group. By the late 40s he was performing in several Memphis nightclubs and organizing local talent shows. B.B. King, Bobby Bland and Junior Parker were discover Read more

Johnnie Taylor - 63% match to Syl Johnson

Genres: R&B / Soul R&B / Soul Disco Music Videos & Concerts
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

Cymande - 62% match to Syl Johnson

Genres: R&B / Soul Funk
Decades Active: 1970s 1990s 2000s
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This London, England-based band coined the phrase ‘nyah rock’. Their musical influences included soul, afrobeat, reggae and calypso, and they were widely considered the roots alternative to Osibisa. The variable line-up centred around the duo of Patrick Patterson (guitar, organ, vocals) and Stephen Scipio (bass), who enrolled the services of like-minded individuals in Read more

Lee Dorsey - 61% match to Syl Johnson

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Funk
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Irving Lee Dorsey, 24 December 1926, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. 1 December 1986, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. An ex-boxer (nicknamed ‘Kid Chocolate’) turned singer, Dorsey first recorded for Joe Banashak’s Instant label. One song, ‘Lottie Mo’, became a regional hit and led to a contract with Fury. The infectious ‘Ya Ya’ (1961) was a nu Read more

Major Lance - 60% match to Syl Johnson

Genres: R&B / Soul Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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4 April 1939 (1941 is also cited), Winterville, Mississippi, USA, d. 3 September 1994, Decatur, Georgia, USA. A former amateur boxer and a dancer on the Jim Lounsbury record-hop television show, Lance also sang with the Five Gospel Harmonaires and for a brief period with Otis Leavill and Barbara Tyson in the Floats. His 1959 Mercury Records release, ‘I Got A Girl’, Read more

The Dramatics - 59% match to Syl Johnson

Genres: R&B / Soul R&B / Soul Funk Holiday & Seasonal Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This R&B vocal group was formed in Detroit in 1964 as the Sensations. They changed their name to the Dramatics in 1965 and originally comprised lead Larry Reed, Rob Davis, Elbert Wilkins, Robert Ellington, Larry Demps (23 February 1949) and Ron Banks (b. 10 May 1951, Detroit, Michigan, USA). Ellington quickly dropped out. The Dramatics were a typical 60s stand-up vocal g Read more

Al Green - 58% match to Syl Johnson

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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The JB's - 58% match to Syl Johnson

Genres: R&B / Soul
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Willie Mitchell - 58% match to Syl Johnson

Genres: R&B / Soul Funk
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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3 January 1928, Ashland, Mississippi, USA. A veteran of several Memphis-based bands, Mitchell rose to prominence in the late 50s with an outfit that formed the basis for his production work and early solo recordings. The line-up included Lewis Steinberg and Al Jackson, both of whom would later appear in Booker T. And The MGs. By the 60s, Mitchell was leading the Hi Records h Read more

Willie Hutch - 57% match to Syl Johnson

Genres: R&B / Soul Action & Adventure
Decades Active: 1970s
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Curtis Mayfield - 56% match to Syl Johnson

Genres: R&B / Soul Drama Pop / Rock Funk Music & Radio Music Videos & Concerts Electronic & Ambient Action & Adventure Christian & Gospel Documentaries R&B / Soul Soundtracks Television
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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3 June 1942, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 26 December 1999, Roswell, Georgia, USA. As songwriter and vocalist with the Impressions, Mayfield established an early reputation as one of soul music’s most intuitive talents. In the decade between 1961 and 1971, he penned a succession of exemplary singles for his group, including ‘Gypsy Woman’ (1961), ‘It’s Read more


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