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Jr. Walker & The All Stars - 100% match to James Ray

Genres: R&B / Soul Pop / Rock Blues
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Doris Troy - 99% match to James Ray

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
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Doris Higginsen, 6 January 1937, the Bronx, New York City, New York, USA, d. 16 February 2004, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. The daughter of a Barbadian Pentecostal preacher, Doris Higginsen abandoned her gospel beginnings in favour of a jazz group, the Halos. She recorded as half of Jay And Dee and soon also began making her mark as a songwriter, using her grandmother’s name Read more

Rufus Thomas - 97% match to James Ray

Genres: R&B / Soul Pop / Rock Blues Music Videos & Concerts Blues Funk Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Television
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26 March 1917, Cayce, Mississippi, USA, d. 15 December 2001, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. A singer, dancer and entertainer, Thomas learned his trade as a member of the Rabbit Foot Minstrels, a vaudeville-inspired touring group. By the late 40s he was performing in several Memphis nightclubs and organizing local talent shows. B.B. King, Bobby Bland and Junior Parker were discover Read more

Wilson Pickett

Wilson Pickett - 87% match to James Ray

Genres: R&B / Soul Pop / Rock Comedy Musicals & The Arts Blues Funk Jazz Reggae
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18 March 1941, Prattville, Alabama, USA, d. 19 January 2006, Reston, Virginia, USA. The ‘wicked Pickett’ was one of the great southern soul singers to emerge during the 60s. Pickett moved to Detroit, Michigan in his early teens. He joined gospel group the Violinaires and embarked on church tours throughout North America. In his late teens he graduated to secular mu Read more

Johnny Otis - 77% match to James Ray

Genres: Blues Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Dance Jazz
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Ioannis Veliotes, 28 December 1921, Vallejo, California, USA. Born into a family of Greek immigrants, Otis was raised in a largely black neighbourhood where he thoroughly absorbed the prevailing culture and lifestyle. He began playing drums in his mid-teens and worked for a time with some of the locally based jazz bands, including, in 1941, Lloyd Hunter’s orchestra. In Read more

Jackie Wilson

Jackie Wilson - 75% match to James Ray

Genres: R&B / Soul Pop / Rock Jazz Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Blues Dance Disco Musicals & The Arts
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Jack Leroy Wilson, 9 June 1934, Detroit, Michigan, USA, d. 21 January 1984, Mount Holly, New Jersey, USA. When parental pressure thwarted his boxing ambitions, Wilson took to singing in small local clubs. He sang with the Thrillers (a predecessor group to the Royals) and recorded some solo tracks for Dizzy Gillespie’s Dee Gee label as Sonny Wilson, before replacing Clyd Read more

The Impressions - 74% match to James Ray

Genres: R&B / Soul Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock Doo Wop
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Formed in Chicago in 1957 and originally known as the Roosters, this group comprised Jerry Butler (8 December 1939, Sunflower, Mississippi, USA), Curtis Mayfield (b. 3 June 1942, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 26 December 1999), Sam Gooden (b. 2 September 1939, Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA), and brothers Richard Brooks and Arthur Brooks (both born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA). Read more

Sam Cooke - 70% match to James Ray

Genres: R&B / Soul Pop / Rock Christian & Gospel Dance Blues Soundtracks Vocals R&B / Soul Doo Wop Jazz Music Videos & Concerts
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Sam Cook, 22 January 1931, Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA, d. 11 December 1964, Los Angeles, California, USA. Reverend Charles Cook and his wife Annie May relocated his family to Chicago during the 30s. The devout young Sam Cook first performed publicly with his brother and two sisters in their Baptist quartet, the Soul Children. As a teenager he joined the Highway QCs, before Read more

King Curtis - 69% match to James Ray

Genres: R&B / Soul Jazz Pop / Rock Dance Instrumental Vocals
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Curtis Ousley, 7 February 1934, Fort Worth, Texas, USA, d. 13 August 1971, New York City, New York, USA. A respected saxophonist and session musician, Curtis appeared on countless releases, including those as disparate as Buddy Holly and Andy Williams. He is, however, best recalled for his work on Atlantic Records. A former member of Lionel Hampton’s band, Curtis moved Read more

Etta James

Etta James - 63% match to James Ray

Genres: Blues R&B / Soul Pop / Rock Jazz Music Videos & Concerts Musicals & The Arts Blues Holiday & Seasonal Christian & Gospel Dance R&B / Soul Soundtracks Vocals
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Jamesetta Hawkins, 25 January 1938, Los Angeles, California, USA. James’ introduction to performing followed an impromptu audition for Johnny Otis backstage at San Francisco’s Fillmore Auditorium. ‘Roll With Me Henry’, her ‘answer’ to the Hank Ballard hit ‘Work With Me Annie’, was retitled ‘The Wallflower’ in an effort to dis Read more

Eddie Floyd - 62% match to James Ray

Genres: R&B / Soul Pop / Rock
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25 June 1935, Montgomery, Alabama, USA. A founder member of the Detroit-based Falcons, Floyd was present on both their major hits, ‘You’re So Fine’ (1959) and ‘I Found A Love’ (1962). He then recorded solo for Lupine in Detroit and Safice in Washington, DC, before moving to Memphis in 1965 to join the Stax Records organization. He first made his mark Read more

The Drifters - 59% match to James Ray

Genres: Pop / Rock Holiday & Seasonal R&B / Soul Doo Wop Easy Listening Music Videos & Concerts Dance R&B / Soul Music Theme Jazz
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Formed in 1953 in New York, USA, at the behest of Atlantic Records, this influential R&B vocal group was initially envisaged as a vehicle for ex-Dominoes singer Clyde McPhatter (Clyde Lensley McPhatter, 15 November 1932, Durham, North Carolina, USA, d. 13 June 1972, New York City, New York, USA). Gerhart Thrasher, Andrew Thrasher and Bill Pinkney (b. 15 August 1925, Dalz Read more

Percy Sledge - 58% match to James Ray

Genres: R&B / Soul Pop / Rock Music Videos & Concerts R&B / Soul Vocals
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25 November 1941, Leighton, Alabama, USA. An informal, intimate singer, former hospital nurse Sledge led a popular campus attraction, the Esquires Combo, prior to his recording debut. Recommended to Quin Ivy, owner of the Norala Sound studio, Sledge arrived with a rudimentary draft of ‘When A Man Loves A Woman’. A timeless single, its simple arrangement hinged on S Read more

Sam & Dave - 57% match to James Ray

Genres: R&B / Soul Pop / Rock Blues
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Samuel David Moore (12 October 1935, Miami, Florida, USA) and David Prater (b. 9 May 1937, Ocilla, Georgia, USA, d. 9 April 1988). Sam And Dave first performed together in 1961 at Miami’s King Of Hearts club. Moore originally sang in his father’s Baptist church before joining the Melonaires, while Prater, who had worked with the Sensational Hummingbirds, was also g Read more

Ike & Tina Turner - 56% match to James Ray

Genres: R&B / Soul Pop / Rock Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
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