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Betty Davis

Betty Davis

Betty Mabry Davis has been celebrated for years as a visionary radio and soul pioneer. She revolutionized the image of women in the 70s, married Miles Davis and wrote songs for the greatest bands of her time. Their first three records became cult, then commercial success failed. In the 80s she suddenly disappeared from the scene.
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Banda Black Rio

Banda Black Rio are one of the most important Brazilian bands in history. Formed in Rio de Janeiro, 1976, the group pioneered the soul-funk movement in Brazil. As global stars of the politically charged Black Rio movement, emerging almost a decade earlier from the Soul Brasileiro genre. BBR released a string of unforgettable recordings in the late-1970s from 1977 debut album, Maria Fumaça, on Warner Music to 1978’s Gafieira Universal on RCA Recordings, considered one of the all-time great Brazilian jazz-funk records.
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Ed Motta

Eduardo „Ed“ Motta is the nephew of late singer-songwriter Tim Maia. At the age of 15, Ed Motta recorded his debut album “Ed Motta & Conexão Japeri” which became an instant boogie-funk classic. In 1990 Motta recorded “Um Contrato Com Deus”, where he played almost all the instruments by himself. Since then he has released several solo albums.
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Chris Joss

Chris Joss

Frenchman/producer/multi-instrumentalist constructs funky downtempo music that’s heavily influenced by the film music of Lalo Schifrin, John Barry, and Quincy Jones. Joss made his debut in 1996 with “The Man With a Suitcase”.
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Bernard „Pretty“ Purdie

As a drummer, musician, producer, arranger and musical director, Bernard “Pretty” Purdie has a record discography. He has worked on over three thousand albums and recordings with over two thousand artists. In addition to his long-standing collaboration with Aretha Franklin, Purdie has played with countless other artists. Purdie is known as a groove drummer with immaculate timing and makes use of precision half note, backbeats and grooves.
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Oliver Sain

Oliver Sain was, mainly, remembered for his fine sax playing, however he was an accomplished songwriter, bandleader, drummer and a highly regarded producer. “Bus Stop” was published 1974 and showed the brilliant Saxophone work of Mr. Sain.
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Brian Auger

Brian Auger

Brian Auger is a British fusion and rock organist. Auger is one of the most important fusion organists of popular music. His main instrument is the Hammond organ. In 1965 he founded The Steampacket together with Rod Stewart, Julie Driscoll and John Baldry. After Rod Stewart and John Baldry left the group, Auger founded Trinity with Julie Driscoll.
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Undisputed Truth

It’s not exactly fair to peg the Undisputed Truth as a one-hit wonder, because they did have a few hits for Motown in the first half of the 1970s, as well as made half a dozen albums for the label. Nothing else they did matched the strength of “Smiling Faces Sometimes” which made number three in 1971. Crafted by Norman Whitfield, Motown’s most adventurous producer of the time, it employed the funk-psychedelic guitars and ominous, socially aware lyrics that were also characteristic of his work during the period. The Undisputed Truth came into being after Bobby Taylor brought Billie Rae Calvin and Brenda Joyce to Motown as part of the Delicates.
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Bobby Byrd

Byrd was the leader of The Avons, a group James Brown joined in the mid-1950s after being released from prison with financial support from the Byrd family. The Avons were later renamed The Flames and then The Famous Flames, from which Brown later emerged as a star.
As a long-running right-hand man, Bobby Byrd performed an invaluable function in the James Brown show, warming up the crowds as a solo singer, then retreating to the sidelines as a backup vocal group.
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Eddie Harris

Eddie Harris

Eddie Harris was an American jazz musician (tenor saxophone, also piano, vocals, other instruments, composition). Although he was the first jazz musician to receive a gold record for a release from his album Exodus to Jazz.
At the end of the 1960s, Harris, who can be considered one of the pioneers of fusion music, experimented with an electrified saxophone by replacing brass mouthpieces with saxophone mouthpieces.
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Joe Farell

Joseph Carl Firrantello began his clarinet training at the age of eleven and switched to tenor saxophone at the age of sixteen. As a sideman he also worked with Ray Barretto, Billy Cobham, Chick Corea and “Return to Forever”, Santana, Hubert Laws, Ron Carter and others. He recorded a number of albums for CTI in the early 1970s. These recordings, especially “Moon Germs” from 1972, document the energy and sensitivity of his playing on soprano and tenor saxophone and flute, and are considered by some to be classics of the era.
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Herbie Hancock

Herbert Jeffrey “Herbie” Hancock is a jazz pianist and composer as well as an Oscar and Grammy winner. Hancock’s improvisation is characterized by a sparkling „funky style” and the use of expressive cross rhythms. Many of his compositions have become classics and serve other jazz musicians as a basis for improvisation. These include Watermelon Man, Cantaloupe Island and Maiden Voyage, all of which appeared on the Blue Note label in the 1960s.
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David Holmes

David Holmes

David Holmes is a Belfast born DJ & producer. In his varied professional life, he has produced over seven of his own albums and twenty film soundtracks.
Other productions include Primal Scream, Manic Street Preachers, John Spencer Blues Explosion and Cashier No. 9, plus David has remixed U2, Doves, Manic Street Preachers, St Etienne and Primal Scream among others.
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Breakestra

Breakestra

Breakestra is a band from the USA. The members of the band are Loslito, Miles Tackett, Mixmaster Wolf, Davey Chegwidden, Patrick Bailey, Todd Simon and Double G. They were born in 1996. Their style consists of funk, afrobeat, classic funk rock, acid jazz and deep funk. The Breakestra have played so many covers of the aforementioned grooves that the only way a musician could be in the group is if they really knew how to play.
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Orgōne

With a lively, evocative set of covers and original material, Los Angeles-based ensemble Orgōne brought new attention to the funk revivalist and jam band circuits when they launched their recording career with Ubiquity Records in the mid- to late 2000s. Orgōne’s sound hosts a myriad of groove-oriented styles, including but not limited to deep funk, ’60s Memphis soul/blues, Fela-inspired Afro-beat, hip-hop, Latin jazz, and electronic dance and house.
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Stevie Wonder

Stevland Hardaway Morris, blind since shortly after his birth, Wonder was a child prodigy known as Little Stevie Wonder leading him to sign with Motown’s Tamla label at the age of 11. Wonder’s 1970s albums are regarded as very influential; the Rolling Stone Record Guide said they “pioneered stylistic approaches that helped to determine the shape of pop music for the next decade”. Wonder’s “classic period”, between 1972 and 1977, is noted for his funky keyboard style, personal control of production, and series of songs integrated with one another to make a concept album.
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Di Melo

Di Melo

For the true expert on Brazilian Funk scene, no further explanation is needed for Di Melo. After all, the singer from São Paulo has been at the forefront of the genre for more than 40 years – even though he was long regarded as an insider tip along with greats such as Jorge Ben or Tim Maia. However, his first album “Di Melo“ is without a doubt one of the most significant works of the Afro-Brazilian movement of the seventies.
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Tim Maia

Sebastião Rodrigues Maia contributed to Brazilian music within a wide variety of musical genres. He introduced the soul style on the Brazilian musical scene. Along with Jorge Ben, Maia pioneered MPB’s samba rock genre, combining samba, soul, and funk. He is internationally recognised as one of the biggest icons of the Brazilian music.
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The Isley Brothers

In the 1950s The Isley Brothers was founded by the three brothers O’Kelly, Rudolph and Ronald Isley as a gospel choir in Cincinnati, Ohio. They formed a quartet with their fourth brother Vernon until he died in a car accident. Influenced by gospel and doo-wop music, the group began experimenting with different musical styles incorporating elements of rock and funk as well as pop balladry. For the next full decade, they recorded top-selling albums including “The Heat Is On” and “Between the Sheets”.
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Clarence Reid

Clarence Reid

First Rap Pioneer Clarence Henry Reid was an American musician, songwriter and producer, also known by the stage name and alternate persona Blowfly. During the 1960s and 1970s Reid wrote for and produced artists including Betty Wright, Sam & Dave, Gwen McCrae, Jimmy “Bo” Horne, Bobby Byrd, and KC & the Sunshine Band. During this period he was also a recording artist, cutting many of his own songs, including “Nobody But You Babe”.
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Soul Bros. Inc

Soul Brothers Inc.

In the 1960s and ’70s hundreds of teenage funk & soul bands across the USA independently recorded and released their music. Most of them achieved only local success with their recordings, almost none of them ever made it onto the charts. This meant small runs of funk 45s which have since become highly sought after, hard to find and super collectable. One of those many bands were the Soul Bros. Inc. Out of Houston, Texas. They were likely one of the most important funk/soul groups in the city in the late 1960s until they broke up in the mid ’70s.
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Edwin Starr

Edwin Starr

Edwin Starr (born Charles Edwin Hatcher) was an American singer and songwriter. Starr was famous for his Norman Whitfield-produced Motown singles of the 1970s, most notably the number one hit “War”.
He was backed by the band that would later become known as “Black Merda”. Starr remained a hero on England’s Northern Soul circuit and continued living in England for the remainder of his life.
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Ike & Tina Turner

Ike and Tina Turner

Tina Turner was born Anna Mae Bullock in Nutbush, Tennessee. Tina quickly immersed herself in St. Louis’s R&B scene, spending much of her time at Club Manhattan. It was there, in 1956, that she met rock-and-roll pioneer Ike Turner, who often played with the Kings of Rhythm. Despite their success as a musical duo, Tina and Ike’s marriage was in shambles. Tina would later reveal that Ike was often physically abusive. In 1969, they toured as the opening act for the Rolling Stones. „Proud Mary“ that reached the top 5 of the U.S. charts and won the two their first Grammy.
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Ripple

Ripple

An interracial Michigan soul-funk band, Ripple had an R&B hit in 1973 with “I Don’t Know What It Is but It Sure Is Funky” and made several other recordings for the GRC label in the mid-’70s. They were an eclectic hodgepodge of influences circulating in soul music at the time — sometimes they can sound like a more pop-inclined version of Kool & the Gang, other times they sound like a less distinctive variant of Stevie Wonder. Their brand of funk was neither too raw nor too slick, with liberal pop and jazz influences. Those who like just-pre-disco funk will probably enjoy the group.
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Deodato

Deodato

Eumir Deodato has participated as pianist/keyboardist, producer, or arranger in over 450 albums, and has won 16 platinum records. The list of top artists with whom he has collaborated is too extensive to cite. At 12, Deodato started to learn the accordion. Two years later he began his studies on piano, orchestration, arrangement, and conducting, and started playing in dances and nightclubs. His arrangement for “Also Sprach Zarathustra” (Richard Strauss), written in 1973, was included in the soundtrack of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001.
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The Sure Fire Ensemble

The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble

The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble is a heavy, original, instrumental soul band based in San Diego. They draw influence from the masters of the style from the past and modern day. In June of 2015 they released their debut self titled album on Colemine Records. The album was very well received. SFSE has shared the stage with Lee Fields and the Expressions, New Mastersounds, Monophonics, Kamasi Washington, and many other touring bands. They perform live regularly all over California and beyond.
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The New Mastersounds

The New Mastersounds

One of the cornerstone acts of the U.K. retro-soul scene, the New Mastersounds play taut, old-school instrumental funk with a contemporary energy and an enthusiasm that has earned them rave reviews and led them to collaborate with a number of major acts in Britain and the United States. At the end of a 2015 tour, the band entered Nashville’s analog-centric Welcome to 1979 studio. In front of an invited audience they performed ten tracks from their catalog, as well as a cover of Grant Green’s arrangement of James Brown’s “In the Middle”.
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Wilson Pickett

Wilson Pickett

In 1955 Pickett moved to Detroit, where he sang in various church choirs. After In The “Midnight Hour” from 1965 to 1971 he was followed by Hit auf Hit, including the well-known “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love”, which was also interpreted by the Rolling Stones and later became a big hit for the Blues Brothers. Many of his hits were written by Pickett himself with Steve Cropper as co-author. From the early 1980s, Pickett was more likely to come into conflict with the law.
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Cookin‘ on 3 Burners

Cookin‘ on 3 Burners

Cookin’ On 3 Burners was founded in 1997 by Jake Mason (Hammond organ), Dan West (guitar) and Ivan Khatchoyan (drums). Australia’s hardest hitting Hammond Organ Trio – joining the dots between Deep Funk, Raw Soul, Organ Jazz & Boogaloo.
For albums and live performances, the band draws on many different guest singers and musicians, including Daniel Merriweather, Tex Perkins, Kylie Auldist, Harry James Angus of Cat Empire and Jason Heerah of Electric Empire.
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Quantic Soul Orchestra

Quantic Soul Orchestra

The Quantic Soul Orchestra is a live band project of musician and DJ, Will Holland. Holland has recorded under several names, most notably Quantic. The band’s line-up changes from album to album. Will Holland plays guitar and bass, and performs some of the percussion. They are signed to the Tru Thoughts label and have released three albums to date as well as a collaborative album with renowned funk and soul artist Spanky Wilson.
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Salomon Burke

Salomon Burke

Solomon Burke was an American soul and rhythm and blues singer who reached the peak of his popularity in the 1960s and was also active as a composer of hits such as “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love”. Burke has been described as the genre’s “most unfairly overlooked singer” of its golden age. Atlantic Records executive Jerry Wexler once referred to Burke as “the greatest male soul singer of all time”.
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Curtis Harding

Curtis Harding

Blues, rock, hip hop, punk, soul: Curtis Harding tries everything. This results in collaborations with Coel Alexander, Joe Bradley (both Black Lips), Danny Lee (The Night Beats), and Cee-Lo Green. Even Outkast’s Hip Hoppers turn to Curtis for some remix backups. Between all the collaborations and engagements, Curtis Harding always finds time to write his own songs. In 2014, Curtis finally has enough material together to take the next step: recording a solo album. The album will be released in his home country in the same year. The album is called “Soul Power”, and that’s exactly what it sounds like: emotional and full of energy.
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The Poets of Rhythm

The Poets of Rhythm

Until today the Poets Of Rhythm are organized around their founding members Boris Geiger (percussion, vocals) and the brothers Jan and Max Weissenfeldt (guitar and drums). In 1992 they released their first single “Funky Train”. By this time, the constantly changing poets staff had long since expanded to include alto saxophone, trumpet and organ. The following year the debut album “Practise What You Preach” was released. Further albums often appear under the numerous pseudonyms of the band: The Pan-Atlantics, Organized Raw Funk, Bus People Express, The Woo Woo’s or The Soul-Saints Orchestra.
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Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin

Aretha Louise Franklin (March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018) was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, and civil rights activist. While Franklin’s career did not immediately flourish, she found acclaim and commercial success after signing with Atlantic Records in 1966. Hit songs such as “Respect”, “Chain of Fools”, “Think”, „“You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”, “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)”, and “I Say a Little Prayer”, propelled her past her musical peers. By the end of the 1960s, Aretha Franklin had come to be known as “The Queen of Soul”.
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