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List of Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award winners from every year the award has been given out. All Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award winners are listed below in order of popularity, but can be sorted by any column. People who won the Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award award are listed along with photos for every Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award winner that has a picture associated with their name online. You can click on the name of the Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award award recipients to get more information about each. People who won the Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award are usually listed by year, but on this list you've got a complete list of Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award winners from all years. If this proves to not be a full list of Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award winners, you can help make it so by adding to this one. This list includes the most memorable and well-known Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award winners of all time. Anybody who won the Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award usually has a picture associated with their name, so all the Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award-winning people are listed here with photos when available. This list spans the history of the Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award, so most of the famous Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award winners are here and can be a good starting point for making a list of your favorites. This list answers the question "who are all the people who have ever won Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award?" If you're looking for all the nominees, you can click the links above the title of this page to the Listopedia page where you'll find a directory of award nominees, as well as the rest of the award winners lists we have. You may want to copy this fact-based list to build your own just like it, re-rank it to fit your opinions, then publish it to share it on Facebook, Twitter or any other social sites you frequent. The list you're viewing is made up of items like Gene Chandler and Barbara Mason. (161 items)

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Al Green is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award Winners List
Al Green Albert "Al" Greene, often known as The Reverend Al Green, is an American singer best known for recording a series of soul hit singles in the early 1970s, including "Tired of Being ...more

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Al Hibbler is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award Winners List
Al Hibbler Albert George "Al" Hibbler was an American baritone vocalist, who sang with Duke Ellington's orchestra before having several pop hits as a solo artist. Some of Hibbler's singing is ...more

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Albert King is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award Winners List
Albert King Albert King was an American blues guitarist and singer, and a major influence in the world of blues guitar playing. King was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in May 2013.

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Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award Winners List
Aretha Franklin Aretha Louise Franklin is an American singer and musician. Franklin began her career singing gospel at her father, minister C. L. Franklin's church as a child. In 1960, at the age of 18, Franklin ...more

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Arthur Prysock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award Winners List
Arthur Prysock Arthur Prysock was an American jazz singer best known for his live shows and his baritone influenced by Billy Eckstine. Born in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Prysock moved to Hartford, Connecticut to ...more

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Ashford & Simpson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award Winners List
Ashford & Simpson Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson were a husband-and-wife songwriting-production team and recording artists. Ashford was born in Fairfield, South Carolina, and Simpson in the Bronx, New York. ...more

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Baby Washington is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award Winners List
Baby Washington Justine Washington, usually credited as Baby Washington, but credited on some early records as Jeanette Washington, is an American soul music vocalist, who had 16 rhythm and blues chart entries in 15 ...more

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Barbara Lewis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award Winners List
Barbara Lewis Barbara Lewis is an American singer and songwriter whose smooth style influenced rhythm and blues.

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Barbara Lynn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award Winners List
Barbara Lynn Barbara Lynn is an American rhythm and blues and electric blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. She is best known for her R&B chart-topping hit, "You'll Lose A Good Thing".

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Barbara Mason is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award Winners List
Barbara Mason Barbara Mason is an American R&B/soul singer with several R&B and pop hits in the 1960s and 1970s, best known for her self-written 1965 hit song, "Yes, I'm Ready".

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Ben E. King is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award Winners List
Ben E. King Benjamin Earl King, known as Ben E. King, is an American soul and R&B singer. He is perhaps best known as the singer and co-composer of "Stand by Me"—a US Top 10 hit in both 1961 and ...more

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Berry Gordy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award Winners List
Berry Gordy Berry Gordy, Jr. is an American record producer, and songwriter. He is best known as the founder of the Motown record label, as well as its many subsidiaries.

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Betty Everett is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award Winners List
Betty Everett Betty Everett was an American soul singer and pianist, best known for her biggest hit single, the million-selling "The Shoop Shoop Song".

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Betty Wright is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award Winners List
Betty Wright Bessie Regina Norris, better known by her stage name, Betty Wright, is a Miami-based soul and R&B singer-songwriter, who won fame in the 1970s with hits such as "Clean Up Woman" and ...more

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Bettye LaVette is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award Winners List
Bettye LaVette Bettye LaVette is an American soul singer-songwriter who made her first record at sixteen, but achieved only intermittent fame until 2005, with her album I've Got My Own Hell to Raise. Her eclectic ...more

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Big Jay McNeely is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award Winners List
Big Jay McNeely Cecil James McNeely, known as Big Jay McNeely, is an American rhythm and blues saxophonist.

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Bill Doggett is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award Winners List
Bill Doggett Bill Doggett was an American jazz and rhythm and blues pianist and organist. He is best known for his compositions "Honky Tonk" and "Hippy Dippy", and variously working with the ...more

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Bill Pinkney is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award Winners List
Bill Pinkney Bill Pinkney was an American performer and singer. Pinkney was often said to be the last surviving original member of The Drifters, who achieved international fame with numerous hit records. He was ...more

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Bo Diddley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award Winners List
Bo Diddley Ellas Otha Bates, known by his stage name Bo Diddley, was an American R&B and Chicago Blues vocalist, guitarist, songwriter and music producer. He was also known as The Originator because of his ...more

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Bobby Bland is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award Winners List
Bobby Bland Robert Calvin "Bobby" Bland, né Brooks, also known professionally as Bobby "Blue" Bland, was an American blues singer. Bland developed a sound that mixed gospel with the ...more

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Bobby Byrd is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award Winners List
Bobby Byrd Bobby Howard Byrd, better known as Bobby Byrd, was an American R&B/soul singer, songwriter, bandleader, talent scout, record producer, and musician, who played an integral and important part in ...more

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Bobby Day is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award Winners List
Bobby Day Robert James Byrd, known by the stage name Bobby Day, was an American rock and roll and R&B musician.

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Bobby Womack is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award Winners List
Bobby Womack Robert Dwayne "Bobby" Womack was an American singer-songwriter and musician. Since the early 1960s, when he started his career as the lead singer of his family musical group the Valentinos ...more

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Booker T. & the M.G.'s is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award Winners List
Booker T. & the M.G.'s Booker T. & the M.G.'s is an instrumental R&B/funk band that was influential in shaping the sound of Southern soul and Memphis soul. Original members of the group were Booker T. Jones, Steve ...more

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Brenda Holloway is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award Winners List
Brenda Holloway Brenda Holloway is an American singer and songwriter, who was a recording artist for Motown Records during the 1960s. Her best-known recordings are the soul hits, "Every Little Bit Hurts", ...more

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Carla Thomas is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award Winners List
Carla Thomas Carla Venita Thomas is an American singer, who is often referred to as the Queen of Memphis Soul. She is the daughter of Rufus Thomas.

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Charles Brown is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award Winners List
Charles Brown Tony Russell "Charles" Brown, born in Texas City, Texas was an American blues singer and pianist whose soft-toned, slow-paced blues-club style influenced the development of blues performance ...more

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Charles Calhoun is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award Winners List
Charles Calhoun Jesse Stone was an American rhythm and blues musician and songwriter whose influence spanned a wide range of genres. He also used the pseudonyms Charles Calhoun and Chuck Calhoun. Ahmet Ertegün ...more

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Charlie Thomas is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award Winners List
Charlie Thomas Charlie Thomas is an American rhythm and blues singer best known for his work with The Drifters. Thomas was performing with The Five Crowns at the Apollo Theater in 1958 when George Treadwell fired ...more

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Chubby Checker is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award Winners List
Chubby Checker Chubby Checker is an American singer-songwriter. He is widely known for popularizing the twist dance style, with his 1960 hit cover of Hank Ballard's R&B hit "The Twist". In September ...more

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Chuck Jackson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award Winners List
Chuck Jackson Chuck Jackson is an American R&B singer, who was one of the first artists to record material by Burt Bacharach and Hal David successfully. He has performed with moderate success since 1961. His ...more

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Cissy Houston is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award Winners List
Cissy Houston Emily "Cissy" Houston is an American soul, gospel singer. After a successful career singing backup for such artists as Elvis Presley and Aretha Franklin she embarked on a solo career, ...more

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Clarence
Clarence "Frogman" Henry Clarence "Frogman" Henry is a southern American rhythm and blues singer and pianist and trombonist

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Clarence
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown was an American musician from Louisiana and Texas. He is best known for his work as a blues musician, but embraced other styles of music, having "spent his ...more

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Clarence Carter is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award Winners List
Clarence Carter Clarence George Carter is an American blues and soul singer, musician, songwriter and record producer. His most successful records included "Slip Away", "Back Door Santa",

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Clyde Otis is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award Winners List
Clyde Otis Clyde Otis, born in Prentiss, Mississippi, was an American songwriter and producer best known for his collaboration with singer Brook Benton, and for being one of the first African-American A&R ...more

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Curtis Mayfield is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award Winners List
Curtis Mayfield Curtis Lee Mayfield was an African American soul, R&B, and funk singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer, who was one of the most influential musicians behind soul and politically ...more

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Darlene Love is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award Winners List
Darlene Love Darlene Love is an American popular music singer and actress. She gained prominence in the 1960s for the song "He's a Rebel," a No. 1 American single in 1962, and was one of the Phil Spector ...more

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Dave Bartholomew is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award Winners List
Dave Bartholomew Dave Bartholomew is a musician, band leader, composer and arranger, prominent in the music of New Orleans throughout the second half of the 20th century. His band consisted of himself, drummers Terces ...more

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Dave Clark is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award Winners List
Dave Clark Dave Clark is a Canadian musician from Etobicoke, Ontario.

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David
David "Panama" Francis David "Panama" Francis was an American swing jazz drummer.

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David
David "Fathead" Newman David "Fathead" Newman was an American jazz and rhythm-and-blues saxophonist who made numerous recordings as a session musician and leader, but is best known for his work as a sideman on ...more

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Dee Dee Sharp is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award Winners List
Dee Dee Sharp Dee Dee Sharp is an American R&B singer, who began her career recording as a backing vocalist in 1961.

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Dee Dee Warwick is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award Winners List
Dee Dee Warwick Delia Mae "Dee Dee" Warwick was an American soul singer. Born in Newark, New Jersey, she was the sister of Dionne Warwick, niece of Cissy Houston and the cousin of Whitney Houston.

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Dionne Warwick is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award Winners List
Dionne Warwick Marie Dionne Warrick, known as Dionne Warwick, is an American singer, actress and TV-show host, who became a United Nations Global Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization, and a United ...more

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Doc Pomus is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award Winners List
Doc Pomus Jerome Solon Felder, known as Doc Pomus, was an American blues singer and songwriter. He is best known as the lyricist of many rock and roll hits. Pomus was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of ...more

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Don Covay is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award Winners List
Don Covay Donald James Randolph, better known by his stage name Don Covay, was an American R&B, rock and roll and soul singer and songwriter most active from the 1950s to the 1970s. His most successful ...more

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Doris Troy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award Winners List
Doris Troy Doris Troy was an American R&B singer and songwriter, known to her many fans as "Mama Soul".

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Earl Palmer is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award Winners List
Earl Palmer Earl Cyril Palmer was an American rock & roll and rhythm and blues drummer, and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Palmer played on many recording sessions, including Little Richard's first ...more

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Eddie Floyd is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award Winners List
Eddie Floyd Eddie Lee Floyd is an American soul/R&B singer and songwriter, best known for his work on the Stax record label in the 1960s and 1970s and the song "Knock on Wood".