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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.

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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?

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Curtis Mayfield is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Chicago Soul Bands/Artists
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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 first achieved success and recognition with the Impressions during the Civil Rights Movement of the late 1950s and 1960s, and later worked as a solo artist. Born in Chicago, Illinois, Mayfield started his musical career in a gospel choir. Moving to Chicago's North Side he met Jerry Butler in 1956 at the age of 14, and joined vocal group the Impressions. As a songwriter, Mayfield became noted as one of the first musicians to bring more prevalent themes of social ...more on Wikipedia

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

Albums: Superfly, Curtis, The Anthology: 1961-1977, Curtis/Live!, Roots, + more

Nationality: United States of America

Labels: Rhino Entertainment, Curtom Records, Warner Bros. Records

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#19 on The Greatest R&B Artists and Bands of All Time

#35 on The Best Black Rock Bands

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Donny Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Chicago Soul Bands/Artists
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Donny Hathaway


Donny Edward Hathaway was an American jazz, blues, soul, and gospel vocalist and musician. Hathaway contracted with Atlantic Records in 1969 and with his first single for the Atco label, "The Ghetto, Part I" in early 1970, Rolling Stone magazine "marked him as a major new force in soul music." His collaborations with Roberta Flack scored high on the charts and won him the Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for the duet, "Where Is the Love" in 1973. At the height of his career Hathaway was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and was known to not take his prescribed medication regularly enough to properly control his symptoms. On January 13, 1979, Hathaway's ...more on Wikipedia

Genres (Music): Blues-rock, Pop music, Chicago soul, Rhythm and blues, Jazz, + more

Albums: Extension of a Man, Donny Hathaway, Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway, Roberta Flack Featuring Donny Hathaway, Everything Is Everything, + more

Nationality: United States of America

Labels: Atlantic Records, ATCO Records, Curtom Records

Career Began: St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

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#60 on The Greatest Musicians Who Died Before 40

#64 on The Greatest R&B Artists and Bands of All Time

#49 on The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time

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Jerry Butler is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Chicago Soul Bands/Artists
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Jerry Butler


Jerry Butler, Jr. is an American soul singer and songwriter. He is also noted as being the original lead singer of the famed R&B vocal group the Impressions, as well as a 1991 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee. Butler is also an American politician. He serves as a Commissioner for Cook County, Illinois, having first been elected in 1985. As a member of this 17-member county board, he chairs the Health and Hospitals Committee, and serves as Vice Chair of the Construction Committee. ...more on Wikipedia

Genres (Music): Chicago soul, Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Funk

Albums: The Ice Man Cometh, The Best of Jerry Butler, Need to Belong, Platinum Pop "Best of" Series Presents Jerry Butler, The Sagittarius Movement, + more

Nationality: United States of America

Labels: Motown Records, Rhino Entertainment, Vee-Jay Records, Mercury

Career Began: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

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Tyrone Davis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Chicago Soul Bands/Artists
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Tyrone Davis


Tyrone Davis was a leading American blues and soul singer with a distinctive style, recording a long list of hit records over a period of more than 20 years. He had three no. 1 hits on the Billboard R&B chart: "Can I Change My Mind", "Turn Back The Hands Of Time", and "Turning Point". ...more on Wikipedia

Genres (Music): Chicago soul, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

Albums: I'll Always Love You, Relaxin' With Tyrone, Simply Tyrone Davis, I Had It All The Time, Turn Back the Hands of Time, + more

Nationality: United States of America

Labels: Atlantic Records, Dakar Records, Malaco Records, Columbia

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