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Kim Weston - 100% match to The Originals

Genres: R&B / Soul R&B / Soul Music Videos & Concerts Funk Holiday & Seasonal
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Agatha Natalie Weston, 20 December 1939, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Kim Weston received her musical education with the Wright Specials gospel group, an influence that survived throughout her subsequent career. Torn between pursuing music or acting, she was persuaded to join the Motown Records label in the early 60s by Johnny Thornton, the cousin of two of the label’s top Read more

The Monitors - 94% match to The Originals

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Doo Wop
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Mary Wells - 92% match to The Originals

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

The Spinners - 77% match to The Originals

Genres: R&B / Soul Pop / Rock Television Doo Wop Funk Music Videos & Concerts R&B / Soul Soundtracks
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Shorty Long - 62% match to The Originals

Genres: R&B / Soul Pop / Rock
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Frederick Earl Long, 20 May 1940, Birmingham, Alabama, USA, d. 29 June 1969, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Multi-instrumentalist Long received tutelage from W.C. Handy and Alvin Robinson before joining Harvey Fuqua’s Tri-Phi label in 1961. This Detroit-based company was later acquired by Motown Records and Long acted as master of ceremonies on his new outlet’s touring re Read more

Barrett Strong - 59% match to The Originals

Genres: R&B / Soul Pop / Rock
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5 February 1941, Westpoint, Mississippi, USA. The cousin of two members of the R&B vocal group the Diablos, Barrett Strong launched his own singing career with Berry Gordy’s fledgling Tamla label in 1959. At the end of that year, he recorded the original version of Gordy’s song ‘Money (That’s What I Want)’, a major US hit that became a rock stand Read more

The Moments - 59% match to The Originals

Genres: R&B / Soul Pop / Rock
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Formed in Hackensack, New Jersey, USA, in 1968, this distinctive sweet soul trio comprised Al Goodman (31 March 1947, Jackson, Mississippi, USA; ex-Vipers and Corvettes), Harry Ray (b. 15 December 1946, Longbranch, New Jersey, USA, d. 1 October 1992; ex-Sounds Of Soul and Establishment) and William Brown (b. 30 June 1946, Perth Amboy, New Jersey, USA; ex-Broadways and Unique Read more

Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - 56% match to The Originals

Genres: R&B / Soul Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Soundtracks Blues
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The Miracles - 56% match to The Originals

Genres: R&B / Soul Pop / Rock Holiday & Seasonal Doo Wop Blues Music Videos & Concerts R&B / Soul
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Of all the R&B vocal groups formed in Detroit, Michigan, USA, in the mid-50s, the Miracles proved to be the most successful. They were founded at the city’s Northern High School in 1955 by Smokey Robinson (William Robinson, 19 February 1940, Detroit, Michigan, USA), Emerson Rogers, Bobby Rogers (b. 19 February 1940, Detroit, Michigan, USA), Ronnie White (b. 5 April Read more

Brenda Holloway - 55% match to The Originals

Genres: R&B / Soul R&B / Soul Soundtracks Music Videos & Concerts
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21 June 1946, Atascadero, California, USA. Holloway began her recording career with three small Los Angeles labels, Donna, Catch and Minasa, in the early 60s, recording under the aegis of producer Hal Davis. In 1964, Holloway made an impromptu performance at a disc jockeys’ convention in California, where she was spotted by a Motown Records talent scout. She signed to Read more

The Velvelettes - 55% match to The Originals

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

Eddie Holland - 53% match to The Originals

Genres: R&B / Soul Pop / Rock
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30 October 1939, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Like his brother Brian Holland, Eddie was active in the Detroit music scene from the mid-50s onwards, leading the Fidelatones vocal group, and producing demo recordings for Jackie Wilson. In 1958, he met Berry Gordy, who produced a series of solo singles for Holland on Mercury Records and United Artists Records. Gordy signed Holland t Read more

Tammi Terrell - 52% match to The Originals

Genres: R&B / Soul
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Thomasina Montgomery, 29 April 1945, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 16 March 1970, USA. Tammi Terrell began recording for Scepter/ Wand Records at the age of 15, before touring with the James Brown Revue for a year. In 1965, she married heavyweight boxer Ernie Terrell, the brother of future Supreme Jean Terrell. Terrell’s warm, sensuous vocals won her a contract w Read more

The Temptations - 52% match to The Originals

Genres: R&B / Soul Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock Music Videos & Concerts R&B / Soul Doo Wop Soundtracks Drama Easy Listening Funk Blues
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The Elgins - 51% match to The Originals

Genres: R&B / Soul Blues
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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

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