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Eddie Floyd - 100% match to The Capitols

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 Velvelettes - 90% match to The Capitols

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Funk
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Two pairs of sisters, Millie and Cal Gill, and Bertha and Norma Barbee, formed the original Velvelettes line-up in 1961 at Western Michigan State University. After recording a one-off single, ‘There He Goes’, for IPG Records in 1963, they were signed to Motown Records, where they were placed in the hands of fledgling producer Norman Whitfield. This partnership spawned Read more

The Elgins - 82% match to The Capitols

Genres: R&B / Soul
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US-born Johnny Dawson, Cleo Miller and Robert Fleming, later replaced by Norbert McClean, sang together in three Detroit vocal groups in the late 50s, the Sensations, the Five Emeralds and the Downbeats. Under the last of these names, they recorded two singles for Motown Records in 1959 and 1962. Also in 1962, Saundra Mallett (later Saundra Mallett Edwards) issued ‘Camel W Read more

Major Lance - 75% match to The Capitols

Genres: R&B / Soul Pop / Rock
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4 April 1939 (1941 is also cited), Winterville, Mississippi, USA, d. 3 September 1994, Decatur, Georgia, USA. A former amateur boxer and a dancer on the Jim Lounsbury record-hop television show, Lance also sang with the Five Gospel Harmonaires and for a brief period with Otis Leavill and Barbara Tyson in the Floats. His 1959 Mercury Records release, ‘I Got A Girl’, Read more

Fontella Bass - 72% match to The Capitols

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Soundtracks
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3 July 1940, St. Louis, Missouri, USA. The daughter of gospel luminary Martha Bass, Fontella toured as keyboard player and singer with the Little Milton band during the early 60s. Simultaneously, she made several solo records, including one for Ike Turner’s Prann label. When Milton’s band leader, Oliver Sain, left to form his own group, he took Bass with him, and t Read more

Wilson Pickett

Wilson Pickett - 71% match to The Capitols

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

Dobie Gray - 70% match to The Capitols

Genres: R&B / Soul Pop / Rock
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26 July 1940, Simonton, Texas, USA. Gray moved from Texas to California in the early 60s, where he began recording for local labels. His seventh single ‘Look At Me’ was a minor hit for the Cordak label in January 1963. The compulsive, if boastful, single ‘The ‘In’ Crowd’ (written by Billy Page) was his major breakthrough in 1965, spending severa Read more

Mary Wells - 69% match to The Capitols

Genres: R&B / Soul Pop / Rock Music Videos & Concerts R&B / Soul Pop / Rock Jazz Music & Radio
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13 May 1943, Detroit, Michigan, USA, d. 26 July 1992, Los Angeles, California, USA. At the age of 17, Mary Wells composed ‘Bye Bye Baby’, a song which she offered to R&B star Jackie Wilson. His producer, Berry Gordy, was sufficiently impressed to offer her a contract with the newly formed Motown Records label, and Wells’ rendition of her song became one of Read more

Shirley Ellis - 69% match to The Capitols

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
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New York, New York, USA. Before striking out on a solo career in 1963, Ellis served an apprenticeship singing with an unsuccessful vocal group, the Metronones. Her strong voice was used to good effect on dance-floor ravers ‘The Nitty Gritty’ (number 4 R&B and number 8 pop in 1963) and ‘(That’s) What The Nitty Gritty Is’ (number 14 R&B 1964), Read more

The Supremes - 68% match to The Capitols

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal R&B / Soul Pop / Rock Music Videos & Concerts Doo Wop R&B / Soul Pop / Rock Television
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America’s most successful female vocal group of all time was formed by four Detroit schoolgirls in the late 50s. Diana Ross (26 March 1944, Detroit, Michigan, USA), Betty McGlown (b. 1943, Detroit, Michigan, USA), Florence Ballard (b. 30 June 1943, Rosetta, Mississippi, USA, d. 22 February 1976, Detroit, Michigan, USA) and Mary Wilson (b. 6 March 1944, Greenville, Missi Read more

Gene Chandler - 66% match to The Capitols

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul R&B / Soul Funk Music Videos & Concerts
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Eugene Dixon, 6 July 1937, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Recalled for the gauche but irresistible 1962 US number 1, ‘Duke Of Earl’, Chandler’s million-selling single in fact featured the Dukays, a doo-wop quintet he fronted (Eugene Dixon, Shirley Jones, James Lowe, Earl Edwards and Ben Broyles). His record company preferred to promote a solo artist and thus one of s Read more

Jackie Wilson

Jackie Wilson - 66% match to The Capitols

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

Barbara Lewis - 65% match to The Capitols

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Soundtracks Disco
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9 February 1943, Salem, Michigan, USA. Signed to Atlantic Records in 1961, Lewis enjoyed several regional hits before the sensual ‘Hello Stranger’ established her light but enthralling style. Recorded in Chicago, the performance was enhanced by the vocal support of the Dells. Further singles included the vibrant ‘Someday We’re Gonna Love Again’ (196 Read more

Archie Bell & The Drells - 64% match to The Capitols

Genres: R&B / Soul Pop / Rock
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Martha & The Vandellas - 64% match to The Capitols

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