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Motown Records Complete Artist Roster

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Updated March 18, 2020 77k views 327 items

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List of Motown Records artists, listed alphabetically with photos when available. This Motown Records roster includes both past and present artists. Popular Motown Records bands and artists are all listed here with information such as what genre the bands fall under and what albums they're known for. If you're looking for any of these Motown Records band's full discographies then click on their name and you can find them here on Ranker. The artists and bands on this list might be pop, rap, rock, electronic or any other genre, but what they all have in common is that they were signed by Motown Records.

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702 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Motown Records Complete Artist Roster

Albums: Star, 702, No Doubt, All I Want, Where My Girls At?, + more

Labels: Motown Records, Biv 10 Records

702, named after the area code of their hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada, was an American platinum-selling trio. Originally a quartet, the group became a trio, which includes sisters Irish, and ...more

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98 Degrees is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Motown Records Complete Artist Roster

Albums: This Christmas, 98 Degrees and Rising (Christmas disc), 2.0, Revelation, 98 Degrees and Rising, + more

Labels: Universal Records, Motown Records, E1 Entertainment, Universal Music Group

98 Degrees (stylized as 98°) is an American pop and R&B vocal group consisting of four vocalists: brothers Nick and Drew Lachey, their friends Justin Jeffre, and Jeff Timmons. The group ...more

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A2V is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Motown Records Complete Artist Roster

Albums: Baggy Listeners, Paper Term

Labels: Arista Records, RCA Records, Motown Records, Jive Records, Universal Republic, + more

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Al Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Motown Records Complete Artist Roster
Al Cleveland

Labels: Motown Records

Al Cleveland (born Alfred W. Cleveland, March 11, 1930 – August 14, 1996) was an American songwriter for the Motown label. Among his most popular co-compositions are 1967's "I Second That ...more
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Al Green is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Motown Records Complete Artist Roster
Genre: Smooth soul, Rhythm and blues & Soul music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Call Me, The Christmas Album, White Christmas, Greatest Hits, I'm Still in Love With You, + more

Labels: Motown Records, Myrrh Records, The Right Stuff Records, Hi Records

Albert Leornes Greene (born April 13, 1946), often known as The Reverend Al Green, is an American singer, songwriter and record producer, best known for recording a series of soul hit singles in ...more

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Amos Milburn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Motown Records Complete Artist Roster
Genre: Jump blues, Boogie-woogie & Rhythm and blues; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Booze, Babes, Blues & Boogie, Rockin' and Drinkin', Rocks, + more

Labels: Aladdin Records, Motown Records, Imperial Records

Joseph Amos Milburn (April 1, 1927 – January 3, 1980) was an American rhythm-and-blues singer and pianist, popular in the 1940s and 1950s. He was born in Houston, Texas, and died there 52 years ...more

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Andrew Logan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Motown Records Complete Artist Roster
Andrew Logan

Labels: Motown Records

Andrew Logan is an American performer, songwriter, and director.
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Angela Clemmons is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Motown Records Complete Artist Roster
Angela Clemmons

Labels: Motown Records

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Anita Pointer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Motown Records Complete Artist Roster
Genre: Pop music, Rock music & Dance music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Love for What It Is

Labels: ABC Records, Atlantic Records, Blue Thumb Records, SBK Records, Motown Records, + more

Anita Marie Pointer (born January 23, 1948) is an American R&B/Soul singer–songwriter, best known as a founding member of the Grammy Award–winning vocal group The Pointer Sisters.
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Anna Gordy Gaye is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Motown Records Complete Artist Roster
Genre: Rhythm and blues and Soul music; Nationality: United States of America

Labels: Motown Records

Anna Ruby Gaye (née Gordy; January 28, 1922 – January 31, 2014) was an American businesswoman, composer and songwriter. An elder sister of Motown founder Berry Gordy, she became a record ...more
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Another Bad Creation is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Motown Records Complete Artist Roster

Albums: Coolin' at the Playground Ya Know!, It Ain't What U Wear, It's How U Play It, Iesha, Grady Baby Compilation

Labels: Motown Records, Biv 10 Records

Another Bad Creation (sometimes called ABC for short) is an American hip hop and new jack swing group from Atlanta, Georgia who were active in the mid 1990s.

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Apollo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Motown Records Complete Artist Roster
Apollo

Labels: Motown Records

Apollo was an American R&B/disco group that recorded for Motown in the late 1970s. They are best known as the band of future music executives Benny Medina and Kerry Gordy.
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Arthur "T-Boy"... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Motown Records Complete Artist Roster
Arthur "T-Boy" Ross

Albums: Changes

Labels: Motown Records

Arthur Ross (February 28, 1949 – June, 1996) was an American singer and songwriter most notable for his collaborations with Leon Ware. He was the younger brother of entertainer Diana Ross.
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Ashford & Simpson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Motown Records Complete Artist Roster

Albums: The Best of Ashford & Simpson, Very Best of Ashford & Simpson, Solid, Is It Still Good to Ya, Street Opera, + more

Labels: Motown Records, Warner Bros. Records, Capitol Records

Ashford is a relatively common English placename: it goes back to Old English æscet, indicating a ford near a clump of ash trees.

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AZ is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Motown Records Complete Artist Roster
Genre: Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop & East Coast hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Doe or Die, Final Call (The Lost Tapes), Aziatic, A.W.O.L., Pieces of a Man, + more

Labels: Real Talk Entertainment, Motown Records, EMI, E1 Music, Virgin Records

Anthony Cruz (born March 9, 1972), better known as AZ, is an American rapper born in Brooklyn, New York. He is known for being a longtime and frequent music partner of Nas, and also a member of ...more

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B5 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Motown Records Complete Artist Roster
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Albums: B5, Don't Talk, Just Listen, In My Bedroom, Hydrolics

Labels: Atlantic Records, Motown Records, UpFront Records, Bad Boy Records

B5, previously known as TNT Boyz and Audio, is a R&B music group originating from St. Petersburg, Florida which later relocated to Atlanta, Georgia. The group consists of the five Breeding ...more
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Barbara Martin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Motown Records Complete Artist Roster
Barbara Martin Genre: Pop music and Rhythm and blues; Nationality: United States of America

Labels: Motown Records

Barbara Martin may refer to: Barbara Martin (singer) (born 1943), American R&B singer (The Supremes) Barbara Leonard (née Barbara Martin; 1924–2013), American politician Barbara ...more
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Barbara McNair is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Motown Records Complete Artist Roster
Genre: Adult contemporary music, Pop music & Jazz; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Ultimate Motown Collection

Labels: Motown Records, Coral Records, Signature Records

Barbara Jean McNair (March 4, 1934 – February 4, 2007) was an American singer and theater, television and film actress. McNair's career spanned over five decades appearing in television, film ...more

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Barbara Randolph is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Motown Records Complete Artist Roster

Albums: I Got a Feeling / You Got Me Hurtin' All Over, The Collection

Labels: Motown Records

Barbara Randolph (5 May 1942 – 15 July 2002), also known as Barbara Ann Sanders, was an American singer and actress who recorded for Motown Records in the 1960s.
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Barcelona is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Motown Records Complete Artist Roster

Albums: Absolutes, Not Quite Yours, Love Me, Know Love, Cure

Labels: Universal Records, Motown Records, Universal Motown Records

Barcelona is a band from Seattle, Washington. The band's sound is harmonious and piano-based with elements of rock. Formed in 2005, the band cites U2, Coldplay, Copeland, Death Cab for Cutie and ...more
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Barrett Strong is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Motown Records Complete Artist Roster
Genre: Rhythm and blues and Soul music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Complete Motown Collection, 20th Century Masters, 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Barrett Strong, Money (That's What I Want) / Oh I Apologize, Let's Rock, + more

Labels: Motown Records, Epic Records, Tamla Records, Independent record label, Capitol Records

Barrett Strong (born February 5, 1941) is an American singer and songwriter. Strong was the first artist to record a hit for Motown, although he is best known for his work as a songwriter, ...more
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BeBe Winans is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Motown Records Complete Artist Roster
Genre: Adult contemporary music, Pop music & Rhythm and blues; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Dream, BeBe Winans, America America, My Christmas Prayer, Love and Freedom, + more

Labels: Atlantic Records, Sparrow Records, Motown Records, Hidden Beach Presents, Capitol Records

Benjamin "BeBe" Winans (born September 17, 1962) is an American gospel and R&B singer. He is a member of the noted Winans family, most members of which are also gospel artists.
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Benny Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Motown Records Complete Artist Roster
Genre: Rhythm and blues and Jazz; Nationality: United States of America

Labels: Motown Records

William "Benny" Benjamin (July 25, 1925 – April 20, 1969), nicknamed Papa Zita, was an American musician, most notable as the primary drummer for the Motown studio band known as The ...more
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Berry Gordy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Motown Records Complete Artist Roster
Genre: Pop music, Rock music & Rhythm and blues; Nationality: United States of America

Labels: Motown Records

Berry Gordy III (known professionally as Berry Gordy Jr., born November 28, 1929) is an American record executive, record producer, songwriter, film producer and television producer. He is best ...more

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Bettye LaVette is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Motown Records Complete Artist Roster
Genre: Rock music, Rhythm and blues & Soul music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Scene of the Crime, I've Got My Own Hell To Raise, Soul Hits, Child of the Seventies, Nearer to You, + more

Labels: Charly Records, Atlantic Records, ATCO Records, Motown Records, Epic Records, + more

Bettye LaVette (born Betty Jo Haskins, January 29, 1946) is an American soul singer-songwriter who made her first record at sixteen, but achieved only intermittent fame until 2005, with her ...more

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