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Timmy Thomas

Timmy Thomas is notable for having been a major one-hit wonder with "Why Can't We Live Together?," a song distinguished by its stripped-down production -- soulful organ, played seemingly improvisationally over a rhythm from a primitive drum machine, with Thomas' impassioned vocals layered over both.

Lisa Stansfield

Born: April 11, 1966 in Manchester, England
Years Active: 80 's, 90 's, 00's
Genre: R&B

Jill Scott

A mature R&B vocalist who excelled most with slower, sensual material ("Slowly, Surely," "I'm Not Afraid," "My Love") and was versatile enough to pack plenty of punch with anthems of pride and self-empowerment ("Golden," "Family Reunion," "Hate on Me"), Jill Scott grew up in north Philadelphia and began her performing career reading her own poetry.


Few artists have created a body of work as rich and varied as Prince. During the '80s, he emerged as one of the most singular talents of the rock & roll era, capable of seamlessly tying together pop, funk, folk, and rock.

Rick Astley

Wielding a rich, deep voice, Rick Astley became an overnight sensation in the late '80s with his well-crafted dance-pop. Astley was discovered by producer Pete Waterman in 1985, when the Merseyside native was singing in the English soul band FBI.

Rod Stewart

Rod Stewart may have begun his career as a respected singer, yet that critical respect eroded as he got older, as he became more concerned with stardom and adult contemporary songcraft than the rock music that launched him. While he has recorded some terrible albums -- and he would admit that freely -- Stewart was once rock & roll's best interpretive singer as well as an accomplished songwriter, creating a raw combination of folk, rock, blues, and country that sounded like no other folk-rock or country-rock material.

Alicia Bridges

Alicia Bridges is an American singer who co-wrote and performed her international hit "I Love the Nightlife (Disco 'Round)" in 1978.
Alicia Bridges was born in Lawndale, North Carolina, a small town in Cleveland County. She sang from a very young age and learned to play guitar at the age of 10. At the age of 12 she had her own radio program, The Alicia Bridges Show, broadcast every Saturday on station WADA in Shelby, North Carolina.

Miquel Brown

Miquel Brown, born Michael Brown in Montreal, was raised in Vancouver, Canada. She changed to Miquel so people wouldn't confuse her with a guy, a ploy that didn't help much since she kept her hair very short. Her parents wanted her to be a doctor but she had entertainment on the brain and frequented nightclubs without their knowledge.

Candy Dulfer

Candy Dulfer was born on 19 September 1969 in Amsterdam in the Netherlands, as the daughter of saxophonist Hans Dulfer. She played drums at the age of five. On her own initiative, and never pushed by her father, she wanted to play the saxophone. As a six-year-old she started to play on a soprano saxophone, because her father's tenor saxophone was too heavy. She switched to alto saxophone at the age of seven, and played in the local concert band Jeugd Doet Leven (English translation: "Youth Brings Life") in Zuiderwoude. Apart from some basic musical training in a concert band and a few months of music lessons, she taught herself how to play the sax.

Dee Dee Bridgewater

Generációjának egyik legjobb jazz énekese Dee Dee Bridgewater (aki a 70-es évek elején Cecil Bridgewater trombitással kötött házasságot) Franciaországba költözött magára találásához.
Az 1960-as években Michigan-ben lépett fel és turnézott a Szovjetunióban is az Illinoisi Egyetem jazz együttesével. Énekelt Thad Jones / Mel Lewis zenekarával (1972-1974) és fellépett a híres "The Wiz" Broadway musicalban is (1974-1976).


When Sade first came on the recording scene in the '80s, her record company, Epic, made a point of printing "pronounced shar-day" after her name on the record labels of her releases. Soon enough the world would have no problem in correctly pronouncing her name. Born Helen Folasade Adu in Ibadan, Nigeria, about 50 miles from Lagos, she was the daughter of an African father and an English mother. After her mother returned to England, Sade grew up on the North End of London.

Tina Charles

Session vocalist Tina Charles was no stranger to music by the time she partnered with Martin Jay in 5000 Volts, in 1975, to score the international hit &"I'm on Fire." Charles and Jay already had some time together under their belts in the little-remembered band Northern Lights, while she also released a string of unsuccessful singles for CBS during 1969-1970: &"Nothing in the World," &"In the Middle of the Day," &"Good to Be Alive," and &"Bo-Bo's Party." Another early outfit, Wild Honey, cut a brace of 45s for Gordon Mills' MAM label during 1971-1972.

Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin born in Memphis, mar.25, 1942.
Aretha Franklin is one of the giants of soul music, and indeed of American pop as a whole. More than any other performer, she epitomized soul at its most gospel-charged. Her astonishing run of late-'60s hits with Atlantic Records -- "Respect," "I Never Loved a Man," "Chain of Fools," "Baby I Love You," "I Say a Little Prayer," "Think," "The House That Jack Built," and several others -- earned her the title "Lady Soul," which she has worn uncontested ever since. Yet as much of an international institution as she's become, much of her work -- outside of her recordings for Atlantic in the late '60s and early '70s -- is erratic and only fitfully inspired, making discretion a necessity when collecting her records.

Tina Turner

The most dynamic female soul singer in the history of the music, Tina Turner oozed sexuality from every pore in a performing career that began the moment she stepped onstage as lead singer of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue in the late '50s. Her gritty and growling performances beat down doors everywhere, looking back to the double-barreled attack of gospel fervor and sexual abandon that had originally formed soul in the early '50s. Divorced from Ike in the mid-'70s, she recorded only occasionally later in the decade but resurfaced in the mid-'80s with a series of hit singles and movie appearances; her high-profile status was assured well into the '90s.

Andrew Ridgeley

Andrew Ridgeley 1963-ban született az angliai Surrey-ben. Ridgeley-t, George Michael „csendestársaként” ismerhettük meg a Wham! nevű együttesben; mely olyan nagy slágereket gyártott, mint a „ Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” és a „Careless Whisper.
Bár alkalmanként Ridgeley is besegített a zeneírásba, énekelt vagy hangszeren játszott, a fő szerepe mégiscsak az volt az együttesben, hogy George Michael legjobb barátját eljátssza.
A Wham! feloszlása (1986) óta Ridgeley szóló albumot készített és szabadidejét hobbijának szentelte. Számos dalt készített, mint például a „Shake”-t, a „Red Dress”-t vagy a „Mexico”t.

Ben E. King

Ben E. King maga a megtestesült „R&B elegancia” mióta feltűnt a Drifters nevű zenekar hangszeres produkcióiban. King szomorkás bariton hangjában egyszerre találhatunk rá a gospel-re, ugyanakkor a produkciókban, amelyekben részt vett, megcsodálhattuk bársonyosan sima hangját is, közelebb hozva ezzel az R&B-hez a pop rajongókat is.
King zenei stílusára számos soul énekes is hatott, lemezei pedig előfutáraivá váltak a Motown hangzásnak.

George Benson

George Benson is simply one of the greatest guitarists in jazz history, but he is also an amazingly versatile musician, and that frustrates to no end critics who would paint him into a narrow bop box. He can play in just about any style -- from swing to bop to R&B to pop -- with supreme taste, a beautiful rounded tone, terrific speed, a marvelous sense of logic in building solos, and, always, an unquenchable urge to swing.

Curtis Mayfield

Curtis Mayfield (Chicago, Illinois, USA, 1942. június 23. – Roswell, Georgia, USA, 1999. december 26.) amerikai soul, funk és Rhythm & Blues énekes, zeneíró és gitáros. Legjobban ismert a templomi és himnuszi zenéjéről a The Impressions-szel, és a Superfly című film betétdaláról. Ezen és más munkák miatt nagy elismerést kapott, mint az afroamerikai politikai célzatú funk úttörője. Ismert még, mint basszista, zongorista, szaxofonos és dobos.

Lionel Richie

Amerikai énekes, zeneszerző, producer.
Eredeti neve: Lionel Brockman Richie Jr. született:1949. június 20. Tuskegee, Alabama.
A szentimentális balladák koronázatlan királya viszonylag későn kezdte zenei pályafutását. Egyetemi tanulmányai után mérnökként, majd váratlan fordulattal lelkészként tevékenykedett. Ez az utóbbi kitérő azonban jót tett neki, hiszen bensőséges viszonyba került a soul és a gospell izgalmas zenei világával. Csak ezután szenteli tehetségét a zenének. Kiváló hangi kvalitásait és szaxofonosi tudását kamatoztatva 1978-ban csatlakozik a Commodores együtteshez, ahol hamar részese lesz a sikernek és a közismertségnek.


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