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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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    Garnet Mimms

    Garnet Mimms is an American singer, influential in soul music and rhythm and blues. He first achieved success as the lead singer of Garnet Mimms & The Enchanters, and is best known for the 1963 hit "Cry Baby", later recorded by Janis Joplin. According to Steve Huey at Allmusic, his "pleading, ...more

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    Gary "U.S." Bonds
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    Gary U.S. Bonds is an American rhythm and blues and rock and roll singer, known for his classic hits "New Orleans" and "Quarter to Three". His career spans several decades and he is also a prolific songwriter.more

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    Gene Chandler nicknamed "The Duke of Earl" or simply "The Duke", is an African-American singer, songwriter, music producer and executive. Chandler is known best for his most successful songs "Duke Of Earl" and "Groovy Situation" and his association with the Dukays, the Impressions and Curtis ...more

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    George Clinton is an American singer, songwriter, bandleader, and music producer. He was the principal architect of P-Funk, the mastermind of the bands Parliament and Funkadelic during the 1970s and early 1980s, and launched a solo career in 1981. He has been cited as one of the foremost innovators of ...more

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    Gladys Maria Knight, known as the "Empress of Soul", is an American recording artist, songwriter, businesswoman, humanitarian and author. A four-time Grammy Award-winner, she is best known for the hits she recorded during the 1960s and 1970s, for both the Motown and Buddah Records labels, with her group ...more

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    Gloria Lynne

    Gloria Lynne, also known as Gloria Alleyne, was an American jazz vocalist with a recording career spanning from 1958 to 2007. She grew up in Harlem; her mother, Mary, was a gospel singer.more

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    Hadda Brooks
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    Hadda Brooks, was an American pianist, vocalist and composer. Her first single, "Swingin' the Boogie", which she composed, was issued in 1945. She was billed as "Queen of the Boogie." She sang at Hawaii's official statehood ceremony in 1959 and was reportedly asked for a private audience by Pope Pius ...more

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    Hal Jackson
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    Harold Baron "Hal" Jackson was an American disc jockey and radio personality who broke a number of color barriers in American radio broadcasting.more

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    Hank Ballard, born John Henry Kendricks, was a rhythm and blues singer and songwriter, the lead vocalist of Hank Ballard and The Midnighters and one of the first rock 'n' roll artists to emerge in the early 1950s. He played an integral part in the development of the genre, releasing the hit singles ...more

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    Harry Van Walls

    Harry Van Walls
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    Vann "Piano Man" Walls was an influential American rhythm and blues piano player, songwriter, studio musician, and professional recording artist. He was a long-standing session player for Atlantic Records, appearing on hits by artists including Big Joe Turner, Ruth Brown, and The Clovers. Walls ...more

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    Herb Abramson

    Herbert C. Abramson was an American record company executive, producer and co-founder of Atlantic Recordsmore

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    Holland–Dozier–Holland is a songwriting and production team made up of Lamont Dozier and brothers Brian and Eddie Holland. The trio wrote, arranged and produced many songs that helped define the Motown sound in the 1960s. During their tenure at Motown from 1962 to 1967, Dozier and Brian Holland were the ...more

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    Huey "Piano" Smith is an American rhythm and blues pianist whose sound was influential in the development of rock and roll. His piano playing incorporated the boogie styles of Pete Johnson, Meade Lux Lewis, and Albert Ammons; the jazz style of Jelly Roll Morton; and the piano playing of Fats Domino.more

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    Jean-Baptiste Illinois Jacquet was an American jazz tenor saxophonist, best remembered for his solo on "Flying Home", critically recognized as the first R&B saxophone solo. Although he was a pioneer of the honking tenor saxophone that became a regular feature of jazz playing and a hallmark of early rock ...more

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    Inez & Charlie Foxx

    Inez Foxx and her elder brother Charlie Foxx were an African-American rhythm and blues and soul duo from Greensboro, North Carolina. Inez sang lead vocal, while Charlie sang back-up and played guitar.more

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    Irma Thomas is an American singer from New Orleans. She is known as the "Soul Queen of New Orleans". Thomas is a contemporary of Aretha Franklin and Etta James, but never experienced their level of commercial success. In 2007, she won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album for After the ...more

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    Isaac Hayes
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    Isaac Lee Hayes, Jr. was an American singer-songwriter, actor, and producer. Hayes was one of the creative forces behind the southern soul music label Stax Records, where he served both as an in-house songwriter and as a record producer, teaming with his partner David Porter during the mid-1960s. Hayes, ...more

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    Jackie Wilson
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    Jack Leroy "Jackie" Wilson, Jr. was an African American soul singer-songwriter and performer. Known as a tenor with a four octave vocal range, he was nicknamed "Mr. Excitement", Wilson was important in the transition of rhythm and blues into soul. He was considered a master showman, and one of the most ...more

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    Jackson K Beavis

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    James Brown is a film score composer.more

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