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 Alone", "I'm Still In
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 classified as rhythm and blues, but he
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.
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 embarked on a secular career,
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 work in the aircraft industry
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. Afterwards, his family relocated to
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 years, most of them during the
Barbara Lewis Barbara Lewis is an American singer and songwriter whose smooth style influenced rhythm and blues.
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".
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".
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 later in 1986, a number one hit
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.
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".
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 "Tonight Is the Night".
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 musical style combines elements
Big Jay McNeely Cecil James McNeely, known as Big Jay McNeely, is an American rhythm and blues saxophonist.
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 Ink Spots, Johnny Otis, Wynonie
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 chiefly responsible for its
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 key role in the transition from
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 blues and R&B. He was
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 the development of soul and funk
Bobby Byrd Robert James Byrd, known by the stage name Bobby Day, was an American rock and roll and R&B musician.
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 and as Sam Cooke's backing
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 Cropper, Lewie Steinberg, and
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", "When I'm Gone", and
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.
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 during the 1940s and 1950s.
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 once stated that "Jesse
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 his group, called The Drifters.
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 2008 "The Twist"
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 hits include "I Don't Want
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, winning two Grammy Awards for her
Clarence "Frogman" Henry Clarence "Frogman" Henry is a southern American rhythm and blues singer and pianist and trombonist
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 career fighting purism by
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", "Patches", and
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 executive for a major
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 conscious African-American music. He
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 artists who produced a
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 LaBune and Randy Quinson and
Dave Clark Dave Clark is a Canadian musician from Etobicoke, Ontario.
David "Panama" Francis David "Panama" Francis was an American swing jazz drummer.
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 seminal 1950’s and early 1960’s
Dee Dee Sharp Dee Dee Sharp is an American R&B singer, who began her career recording as a backing vocalist in 1961.
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.
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 States Ambassador of
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 Fame as a non-performer in 1992,
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 recordings included "Mercy,
Doris Troy Doris Troy was an American R&B singer and songwriter, known to her many fans as "Mama Soul".
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 several albums and many other
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".