Soul/R&B & Motown Singles

Soul/R&B & Motown Singles

Soul music is a popular music genre that originated in the United States in the 1950s and early 1960s. It combines elements of African-American gospel music, rhythm and blues and jazz. Soul music became popular for dancing and listening in the United States – where record labels such as Motown, Atlantic and Stax were influential in the civil rights era. Soul also became popular around the world, directly influencing rock music and the music of Africa.

According to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, soul is "music that arose out of the black experience in America through the transmutation of gospel and rhythm & blues into a form of funky, secular testifying".

Soul/R&B & Motown Singles
Soul/R&B & Motown Singles

Soul music dominated the U.S. R&B chart in the 1960s, and many recordings crossed over into the pop charts in the U.S., Britain and elsewhere. By 1968, the soul music genre had begun to splinter. Some soul artists developed funk music, while other singers developed slicker, more sophisticated, and in some cases more politically conscious varieties. By the early 1970s, soul music had been influenced by psychedelic rock and other genres. The United States saw the development of neo soul around 1994. There are also several other subgenres and offshoots of soul music.

The key subgenres of soul include the Detroit (Motown) style, a rhythmic music influenced by gospel; deep soul and southern soul, a driving, energetic soul style combining R&B with southern gospel music sounds; Memphis soul, a shimmering, sultry style; New Orleans soul, which came out of the rhythm and blues style; Chicago soul, a light gospel-influenced sound; Philadelphia soul, a lush orchestral sound with doo-wop-inspired vocals; Psychedelic soul, a blend of psychedelic rock and soul music; Blue-eyed soul, music performed by white artists and Northern soul, rare soul music played by DJs at nightclubs in northern England.


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Barbara George - You Talk About Love

Barbara George - (1962)

Clean EX+ example of self-written minor R&B hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.

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The Continental Four - (You're Living in a) Dream World

The Continental Four - (1973)

EX+/EX+ (Jay-Walking JW 019), jazz influenced sweet soul, produced by Bobby Martin.

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The Mad Lads - Gone! The Promises of Yesterday

The Mad Lads - (1971)

Immaculate EX+/EX+ white label promotional copy of early '70s crossover, in it's original birth, company paper sleeve.

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Jackie Wilson - You Left the Fire Burning

Jackie Wilson - (1972)

White label promotional copy of single taken from the album, "You Got Me Walking".

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Barbara and the Uniques - There It Goes Again

Barbara and the Uniques - (1970)

Hit on the U.S. Billboard R&B chart where it reached #16, the girl group's first release on Arden Records.

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The Greer Brothers - We Don't Dig No Busing (The Busing Song)

The Greer Brothers - (1972)

The Texas based family funk group's debut single, following the early success of Motown's Jackson 5.

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The Family Affair - I Had a Friend

The Family Affair - (1972)

Latin inspired jazz-funk single, the first of only two releases from the New York funk band.

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Jean Wells - After Loving You

Jean Wells - (1967)

Nice clean pressing of the first of seven singles, released through the New York based Calla Records.

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The Recitations - The Great Night Hunter

The Recitations - (1969)

Mo Rodgers produced West Coast funk, with the unmistakeable voice of Shirley Goodman on vocals.

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Valentine Brothers - Sound of Music

Valentine Brothers - (1978)

Promotional copy of late '70s electro funk/disco single, a cover version of the Rodgers/Hammerstein song.

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The Emotions - Love Ain't Easy Onesided

The Emotions - (1971)

Girl group R&B crossover, released through the Stax Records imprint Volt.

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The Temprees - Explain It to Her Mama

The Temprees - (1972)

The fourth single from the Memphis based, American soul vocal trio, released through the Stax Records imprint We Produce.

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Marvin L. Sims - (Nina) Have You Seen My Baby Pt. 1

Marvin L. Sims - (1967)

Self written classic '60s northern soul, the American soul singer's second single release.

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Edwin Starr - Ain't It Hell Up In Harlem

Edwin Starr - (1973)

Promotional copy of single taken from the soundtrack to the blaxploitation genre motion picture "Hell up in Harlem".

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Bettye Swann - Make Me Yours

Bettye Swann - (1972)

EX+/EX+ 1972 re-issue of the U.S. Billboard R&B chart-topper, first released through Money Records in 1967.

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Richmond International - Maybe If I Leave You

Richmond International - (1973)

The funk/soul band's only single release, with the up-tempo instrumental "Back On the Road Again" on the flip-side.

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Leon Haywood - You and Your Moody Ways

Leon Haywood - (1971)

Early '70s rare soul, the more elusive of the two issues, released on the artist's own record label Evejim Records.

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Billy Harner - Sally Sayin' Somethin'

Billy Harner - (1967)

Well presented example of a Northern Soul fans, blue eyed soul favourite.

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Bunny Sigler - Sunny Sunday

Bunny Sigler - (1967)

Northern soul classic, originally released as the B-side of two doo-wop songs, "Lovey Dovey" and "You're So Fine".

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Natural High - Bump Your Lady (Part 1)

Narural High - (1974)

The Mississippi funk band's debut single, with a company paper sleeve.

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Zulema - Wanna Be Where You Are

Zulema - (1974)

The American R&B singer's cover version, of the Michael Jackson, Motown hit single.

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The Geminiles - Don't Fight the Feelin'

The Geminiles - (1967)

Classic '60s northern soul, the American R&B group's only single release in EX+/EX+ condition.

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Jones Girls - If You Don't Start Nothing

Jones Girls - (1974)

A well presented example of the American vocal trio of sisters' fourth single release.

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Denise LaSalle - Get Up Off My Mind

Denise LaSalle - (1974)

Promotional variant of Detroit based R&B-funk single, in EX+/EX+ condition.

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Little Johnny Taylor - Everybody Knows About My Love

Little Johnny Taylor - (1971)

Stunning EX+/EX+ example of early '70s R&B-funk single, (U.S. Billboard R&B chart #9), in it's original birth, company paper sleeve.

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Gi Gi - Daddy Love (Part 1)

Gi Gi - (1971)

Well presented, early '70s storming funk soul sister, in two parts.

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Victor Johnson - When You Say You're Mine

Victor Johnson - (1972)

Jazz based blues number, with rare soul spin "When You Say You're Mine" on the flip side.

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The Superlatives - Come On Down to the Ghetto

The Superlatives -

Stunning EX+/EX+ example of the Detroit-based regular soul club spin "Come On Down to the Ghetto".

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Notations - Superpeople

Notations - (1974)

An eye-catching Mint- example, of the in-demand, rare groove spin.

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Betty Baker and the Jaxis - Marching Out of Your Life

Betty Baker and the Jaxsis -

EX+/EX+ example of the rare soul classic, often spun at Cleethorpes Pier 1975-1978.

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O.V. Wright - I've Been Searching

O.V. Wright - (1974)

Los Angeles based R&B, taken from the album "Memphis Unlimited", produced by Willie Mitchell, and released through Don Robey's Back Beat label.

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The Eight Minutes - Take My Love (Don't Set Me Free)

The Eight Minutes - (1972)

1970's group soul/crossover by the eight piece vocal group from Chicago.

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Eloise Laws - Put a Little Love Into It (When You Do It)

Eloise Laws - (1977)

Modern soul room spin, in it's original birth, company paper sleeve.

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Young-Holt Unlimited - Just a Melody

Young-Holt Unlimited - (1969)

Jazz-based soulful instrumental, taken from the trio's album of the same name.

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The Persians - I Don't Know How (To Fall Out of Love)

The Persians - (1969)

Late '60s crossover, from the Baltimore based, five piece, male vocal group.

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The Undisputed Truth - Lil' Red Ridin' Hood

The Undisputed Truth - (1974)

EX+/EX+ example of minor charting single (U.S. Billboard #106), by producer Norman Whitfield's psychedelic soul group.

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African Music Machine - Camel Time

African Music Machine - (1973)

EX+ elusive, white label variant, of early '70s funk rarity, by the New Orleans-based funk band.

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The 5 Stairsteps - Dear Prudence

The 5 Stairsteps - (1970)

The 1970 British Buddah (201083) issue of the Lennon/McCartney cover version, with the soft soul classic "O-o-h Child" released on the flip-side.

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Gary Toms Empire - 1-2-3-4 (Let's Do It Again)

Gary Toms Empire - (1978)

EX+/EX+ example of New York band's R&B/funk-disco single release, taken from the album "Let's Do It Again".

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The Philly Four - The Elephant (Part 1)

The Philly Four - (1968)

Well presented original U.S. Cobblestone (CB 705), latin-based Philadelphia-funk instrumental, in two parts.

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Maceo and All the King's Men - Got to Get'cha

Maceo and all the King's Men - (1970)

The grey centre label variant of the funk single, with the jazz-based "(I Remember) Mr. Banks" released as the B-side.

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Willie Henderson - The Dance Master Part One: Instrumental

Willie Henderson - (1973)

The 4-prong centre variant of the two-part funk single.

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Joe Simon featuring the Mainstreeters - Theme From Cleopatra Jones

Joe Simon - (1973)

Theme to the Warner Bros. blaxploitation genre film Cleopatra Jones.

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Buddy McKnight - Everytime (Part 1)

Buddy McKnight - (1971)

A nice clean example of an early '70s northern soul classic, in strong excellent condition.

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The Guys From Uncle - The Spy

The Guys From Uncle -

1970's UK pressing of rare soul instrumental, re-issued due to demand on the N/S scene.

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