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Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award Winners List

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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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    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

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    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

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    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 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,

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    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

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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. Afterwards, his family relocated to

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    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

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    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 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 later in 1986, a number one hit

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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 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 "Tonight Is the Night".

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    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

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    Cecil James McNeely, known as Big Jay McNeely, is an American rhythm and blues saxophonist.

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    Robert James Byrd, known by the stage name Bobby Day, was an American rock and roll and R&B musician.

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    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

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    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

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    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

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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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    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.

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    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

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    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.

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    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"

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    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

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    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

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

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    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

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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", "Patches", and

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    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

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    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

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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 artists who produced a

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    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

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    Dave Clark is a Canadian musician from Etobicoke, Ontario.

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

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    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

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    Dee Dee Sharp is an American R&B singer, who began her career recording as a backing vocalist in 1961.

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    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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    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

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    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,

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    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,

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    Doris Troy was an American R&B singer and songwriter, known to her many fans as "Mama Soul".

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    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

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    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".

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