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Johnnie Taylor

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Johnnie Taylor

Early years Taylor in 1967 Johnnie Taylor was born in Crawfordsville, Arkansas. He grew up in West Memphis, Arkansas, performing in gospel groups as a youngster. As an adult, he had one release, "Somewhere to Lay My Head", on Chicago's Chance Records ...

Amy Jade Winehouse

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Amy Jade Winehouse (14 September 1983 – 23 July 2011) was an English singer and songwriter known for her deep vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres, including sou(sometimes labelled as blue-eyed soul),[4] rhythm and blues,[jazz and reggae.Winehous ...

George Duke

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George Duke

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George Duke (January 12, 1946 – August 5, 2013) was an American musician, known as a keyboard pioneer, composer, singer and producer in both jazz and popular mainstream musical genres. He worked with numerous acclaimed artists as arranger, music director, ...

Esther Phillips

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Esther Phillips

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Esther Phillips (December 23, 1935 – August 7, 1984)was an American singer. Phillips was known for her R&B vocals, but she was a versatile singer, also performing pop, country, jazz, blues and soul music. Credit: Wikipedia Commons

Julian "Cannonball" Adderley

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Originally from Tampa, Florida, Adderley moved to New York in 1955. His nickname derived from "cannibal", a title imposed on him by high school colleagues as a tribute to his voracious appetite. Cannonball moved to Tallahassee, Florida, when his parent ...

Rick James

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Rick James (born James Ambrose Johnson, Jr.; February 1, 1948 – August 6, 2004) was an American musician and composer. Influenced by singers such as Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson, James started singing in doo-wop and R&B groups as a teenager in his h ...

Isaac Hayes

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Isaac Hayes

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Isaac Lee Hayes, Jr. (August 20, 1942 – August 10, 2008) was an American singer-songwriter, actor, and producer. Hayes was one of the creative forces behind the southern soul music label Stax Records, where he served both as an in-house songwriter and as ...

Percy Mayfield

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Percy Mayfield (August 12, 1920 – August 11, 1984) was an American songwriter famous for the songs "Hit the Road Jack" and "Please Send Me Someone to Love", as well as a successful rhythm and blues artist known for his smooth vocal style. Mayfield was ...

Lester Polsfuss (Les Paul)

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Lester William Polsfuss (June 9, 1915 – August 12, 2009), known as Les Paul, was an American jazz, country, and blues guitarist, songwriter, luthier, and inventor. He was one of the pioneers of the solid-body electric guitar, which made the sound of rock ...

Joe Tex

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Joe Tex

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Joseph Arrington, Jr. (August 8, 1935– August 13, 1982), better known as Joe Tex, was an American musician who gained success in the 1960s and 1970s with his brand of Southern soul, which mixed the styles of country, gospel and rhythm and blues. His ca ...

Elvis Presley

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Elvis Presley

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Elvis Aaron Presley[a] (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977) was an American singer and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is often referred to as "the King of Rock and Roll", or simply, "the King". Pres ...

Pearl Bailey

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Pearl Bailey

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Pearl Mae Bailey (March 29, 1918 – August 17, 1990) was an American actress and singer. After appearing in vaudeville, she made her Broadway debut in St. Louis Woman in 1946.She won a Tony Award for the title role in the all-black production of Hello, Dol ...

Dick Clark

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Dick Clark

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Richard Augustus Wagstaff "Dick" Clark Jr. (November 30, 1929 – April 18, 2012) was an American radio and television personality, as well as a cultural icon who remains best known for hosting American Bandstand from 1957 to 1987. He also hosted the game s ...

Richie Havens

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Richie Havens

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Richard Pierce "Richie" Havens (January 21, 1941 – April 22, 2013) was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. His music encompassed elements of folk, soul, and rhythm and blues. He is best known for his intense and rhythmic guitar style (often in op ...

Paul Davis

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Paul Lavon Davis (April 21, 1948 – April 22, 2008) was an American singer and songwriter, best known for his radio hits and solo career which started worldwide in 1970. His career encompassed soul, country, and pop music. Typically, the slower the tempo o ...

Carl Albert

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Carl Spencer Albert (1962–1995), simply known as Carl Albert, was an American musician, the lead singer of the band Vicious Rumors from late 1986 until 1995. He was a 1975 graduate of Columbia Elementary School in Columbia, Tuolumne County, California, an ...

Poly Styrene

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Poly Styrene

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Marianne Joan Elliott-Said (3 July 1957 – 25 April 2011), known by the stage name Poly Styrene, was a British musician, singer-songwriter, and frontwoman for the punk rock band X-Ray Spex. Styrene was born Marianne Joan Elliott-Said in 1957 in Bromley, K ...

Lisa Lopes

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Lisa Lopes

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Lisa Nicole Lopes (May 27, 1971 – April 25, 2002) better known by her stage name Left Eye, was an American rapper, singer, dancer, musician, actress, and songwriter. She achieved fame in the 1990s and 2000s as a member of the group TLC. She contributed ba ...

Carolyn Franklin

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Carolyn Franklin

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Carolyn Ann Franklin (May 13, 1944 – April 25, 1988) was an American singer–songwriter. Besides from her own musical success, Franklin was best known as the daughter of prominent Detroit preacher and civil rights activist C. L. Franklin; and the younger s ...

Sammy Davis Jr.

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Sammy Davis Jr.

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Samuel George "Sammy" Davis Jr. (December 8, 1925 – May 16, 1990) was an American entertainer. Primarily a dancer and singer, he was also an actor of stage and screen, comedian, musician, and impressionist, noted for his impersonations of actors, musician ...

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