Soul Music
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A merger of gospel-charged singing, secular subject matter, and funk rhythms, soul grew out of Fifties rhythm & blues, spurred by Ray Charles' electic, decidedly secular late-Fifties hits.

The Record Companies

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Fame Studios

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Motown Records

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Stax/Volt Records

The Motown Artists

The Contours

The Four Tops

Marvin Gaye

The Marvelettes

The Miracles

The Supremes

The Temptations

Tammi Terrell

Mary Wells

Kim Weston

Stevie Wonder

The Vandellas

The Velvelettes

Junior Walker and the All-Stars

Where Are They Now


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Robert Bateman

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Johnny Bristol

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Harvey Fuqua

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Freddie Gorman

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Clarence Paul

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Mickey "William"Stevenson

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Norman Whitfield

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William "Smokey" Robinson

The Musicians behind the Motown sound the Funk Brothers

Background Groups

The Andantes

Rayber Voices

Voice Masters

The Stax/Volt Artists

Booker T. & The MGs Eddie Floyd The Mar-Keys

Wilson Pickett

Otis Redding

Sam and Dave

Isaac Hayes

Carla and Rufus Thomas

The Bar-Kays

Other Artists

James Brown

Ray Charles

Sam Cooke

Jackie Wilson

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