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The Best Chicago Soul Bands/Artists  

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Chicago soul artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good chicago soul bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top chicago soul bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Chicago soul groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all chicago soul bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest chicago soul bands of all time, since the most famous chicago soul artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best chicago soul music.

You can click on the chicago soul band names to see more information about that particular notable chicago soul group. If they're near the top of the best chicago soul artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top chicago soul bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the chicago soul band names themselves.

List is made up of artists like Curtis Mayfield and Donny Hathaway. Vote for your favorites to get them to rise to the top. Which is better for this list, Jerry Butler or Leroy Hutson?

All important, significant and iconic names in chicago soul music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new chicago soul bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of chicago soul, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into chicago soul music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good chicago soul bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent chicago soul bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best chicago soul bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest chicago soul musician ever?"

If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular chicago soul bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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Billy Stewart is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Chicago Soul Bands/Artists
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Billy Stewart was an American musical artist, with a highly distinctive scat-singing style, who enjoyed popularity in the 1960s. ...more on Wikipedia

Genres (Music): Chicago soul, Rhythm and blues, Northern soul

Albums: Hits and Rarities, Unbelieveable, I Do Love You, Billy Stewart Teaches Old Standards New Tricks, Greatest Hits, + more

Nationality: United States of America

Labels: Chess Records, Okeh Records

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The Five Stairsteps is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Chicago Soul Bands/Artists
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The Five Stairsteps, known as "The First Family of Soul", were an American Chicago soul group made up of five of Betty and Clarence Burke Sr.'s six children: Alohe Jean, Clarence Jr., James, Dennis, and Kenneth "Keni", and briefly, Cubie. They are best known for the 1970 song "O-o-h Child", listed #392 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. ...more on Wikipedia

Genres (Music): Psychedelic soul, Disco, Chicago soul, Rhythm and blues, Soul music, + more

Albums: The First Family of Soul: The Best of the Five Stairsteps, Greatest Hits, Danger, She's a Stranger / Behind Curtains, Stairsteps, + more

Labels: Buddah Records, Island Records, Dark Horse Records, Curtom Records, Cameo-Parkway Records

Career Began: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

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Johnny Pate is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Chicago Soul Bands/Artists
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John W. "Johnny" Pate is a former jazz bassist who late became a music arranger/producer, and a leading figure in Chicago soul as well as pop/R&B music. Pate learned to play piano and tuba as a child, and later picked up the bass and learned arranging while serving in the Army. ...more on Wikipedia

Genres (Music): Pop music, Chicago soul, Jazz, Funk

Albums: Shaft in Africa, Outrageous, Brother on the Run

Nationality: United States of America

Career Began: Chicago Heights, Illinois, United States of America

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Leroy Hutson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Chicago Soul Bands/Artists
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LeRoy Hutson is an American soul and R&B singer, songwriter, arranger, producer and instrumentalist, best known as former lead singer of R&B vocal group The Impressions. He has been characterized as the best-kept secret of '70s soul, most recently noted in the June 29, 2006 issue of Rolling Stone magazine. He is the father of producer JR Hutson. ...more on Wikipedia

Genres (Music): Smooth soul, Chicago soul, Rhythm and blues, Jazz, Soul music, + more

Albums: Love Oh Love, Feel the Spirit, Hutson, Unforgettable, Hutson II, + more

Nationality: United States of America

Labels: Curtom Records, Elektra Records, Warner Bros. Records

Career Began: Newark, New Jersey, United States of America

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