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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Lenny Kravitz - It Ain't Over 'Till It's Over

Lenny Kravitz - (1991)

American manufactured Virgin records 12" picture disc, includes B-side interview with Q Magazine's Robert Sandall - Stunning!

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Eddie Kendricks - Keep On Truckin' (Part 1)

Eddie Kendricks - (1973)

Kendricks' first major hit as a solo artist, coming two years after his departure from The Temptations.

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David Ruffin - Common Man

David Ruffin - (1972)

EX+ U.S. Motown Demonstration record, released from the solo album "David Ruffin".

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Bob & Earl - Dancin' Everywhere

Bob & Earl - (1969)

Released to coincide with the re-release of their UK Top-10 hit, and best known recording "Harlem Shuffle".

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The Chiffons - He's So Fine

The Chiffons - (1963)

Immaculate UK Stateside pressing, of the American Billboard chart hit, (#16 in the UK).

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Arthur Conley - Sweet Soul Music

Arthur Conley - (1967)

EX+ example of single written and produced by mentor Otis Redding.

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Otis Redding - My Girl

Otis Redding - (1966).

The Steve Cropper blues-flavor produced version, of the song originally released by The Temptations.

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Little Mack & the Boss Sounds

Little Mack & the Boss Sounds - (1966).

Stunning EX+ UK (Atlantic 584031) - Hammond organ instrumental version of Wilson Pickett/Steve Cropper song.

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The Contours - Just a Little Misunderstanding

The Contours - (1970)

Stunning example of the 1970 re-issue Northern Soul club classic.

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Edwin Starr - Headline News

Edwin Starr (1966)

The 1974 re-issue double-sided Northern Soul club classics, "Headline News" and "Stop Her On Sight (S.O.S.)", in EX+ condition.

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San Remo Strings - Hungry For Love

San Remo Strings - (1972)

Northern soul instrumental, released on the B-side of their cover version of "Reach Out I'll Be There".

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The Supremes - Nothing But Heartaches

The Supremes - (1965)

EX+/EX+ TMG 527 (uncharted in the UK), breaking the string of five consecutive number-one singles in the United States.

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The Isley Brothers - Tell Me It's Just a Rumour Baby

Isley Brothers - (1967)

The 1973 TMG 877 series Northern Soul floor-filler in EX+ condition.

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Willie Hutch - Brother's Gonna Work It Out

Willie Hutch - (1973)

Debut single release, taken from the film soundtrack to "The Mack" starring Max Julien and Richard Pryor.

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San Remo Strings - Festival Time

San Remo Strings - (1971)

Northern soul instrumental, a minor chart success reaching #39 in the UK singles chart.

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Jr. Walker & the All Stars - What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)

Jr. Walker & the All Stars - (1969)

Original British TMG 712 - a Motown fans favourite, and regular soul club spin.

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Edwin Starr - Stop Her On Sight (S.O.S.)

Edwin Starr - (1966)

Well presented EX British mono pressing with the enduring Northern soul anthem "I Have Faith In You" pressing as the B side of "Stop Her On Sight (S.O.S.).

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Jerry Butler - Moody Woman

Jerry Butler - (1969)

The 1972 re-press of the single originally released in 1969, a popular N/S club play.

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Martha and the Vandellas - Dancing in the Street

Martha and the Vandellas - (1964)

Stunning EX+ example of the Gaye/Stevenson original version, in it's birth company paper sleeve.

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Kool and the Gang - Jungle Boogie

Kool and the Gang - (1973)

Classic '70s funk single in EX+ condition, taken from the album "Wild and Peaceful".

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The Sisters Love - Mr. Fix-It Man

The Sisters Love - (1972)

The American R&B/funk ensemble founded by former members of Ray Charles' backing group The Raelattes.

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Marv Johnson - I Miss You Baby (How I Miss You)

Marv Johnson - (1969)

The 1969 solid centre British re-issue (chart position #25), a regular soul club spin, in EX+ condition.

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George Soulé - Get Involved

George Soulé - (1973)

Massive hit on British dancefloor's during '73 - An eye catching Mint- example!

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Sound Experience - Boogie Woogie

Sound Experience - (1975)

Stunning EX+/EX+ example of mid '70s American funk rarity.

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Van McCoy - Soul Improvisations (Part 1)

Van McCoy - (1974)

UK (BDS 418) solid centre pressing, of the instrumental funk, dancefloor stormer, (uncharted), taken from the album of the same name.

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Four Tops - 7 Rooms of Gloom

Four Tops - (1967)

Stunning EX+/EX+ example of the Motown male vocal quartet's seventh hit in the UK, reaching #12 in the singles charts.

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Isley Brothers - Just Ain't Enough Love

Isley Brothers - (1967)

Original American Tamla (T 54146) pressing, originally released with "Got to Have You Back" as the A side.

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Earl Van Dyke - 6 by 6

Earl Van Dyke - (1970)

Popular up-tempo instrumental, Northern Soul nighter spin, in excellent condition.

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Earth, Wind and Fire - Shining Star

Earth, Wind and Fire - (1975)

Demo copy of the band's first major hit, reaching No. 1 on both the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and R&B charts.

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Ray Charles - What'd I Say (EP)

Ray Charles - (1961)

EX+/EX+ 1961 (mono) EP with "Rockhouse" and "Tell All the World About You" as B-side tracks.

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The Temptations - Psychedelic Shack

The Temptations - (1969)

Motown single produced by Norman Whitfield, using stereo-shifting multilead vocals, hard rock guitars, synthesizer sound effects and multitracked drums.

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Lonnie Mack - Memphis

Lonnie Mack - (1963)

American blues-rock instrumental hit - a U.S. Billboard Top-5 in excellent condition.

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Jackie Moore - This Time Baby

Jackie Moore - (1979)

The Florida born, American R&B singers disco cover version, of the song originally performed by The O'Jays.

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Vicki Sue Robinson - Turn the Beat Around

Vicki Sue Robinson - (1976)

Disco cult club smash, elusive on a UK pressing, where it only peaked at #51 in the singles chart.

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R. Dean Taylor - There's a Ghost in My House

R. Dean Taylor - (1966)

The 1974 TMG re-press, released due to demand on the UK Northern Soul scene - EX+ stunning!

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Marvin Gaye - Save the Children

Marvin Gaye - (1971)

Single taken from the album "What's Going On" with the popular N/S club spin "Little Darling (I Need You)" on the flip-side.

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Latimore - There's a Red-Neck In the Soul Band

Latimore (1976)

Mid '70s up-tempo, modern soul room R&B, with a smooth soul sound on the flip-side.

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Chairmen of the Board - Pay to the Piper

Chairmen of the Board - (1970)

UK minor hit peaking at #34 in the singles chart, from the Holland-Dozier-Holland "Invictus" record label's flagship act.

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Gwen McCrae - Love Insurance

Gwen McCrae - (1975)

Advance demonstration copy of the follow up single to "Rockin Chair", - a hit peaking at #16 on the Billboard R&B Chart.

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The Coasters - Love Potion No. 9

The Coasters - (1972)

"Strong excellent" 1972 London records re-press, of the record first released on Parlophone records a year earlier.

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First Choice - Doctor Love

First Choice - (1977)

The Philadelphia based, all female vocal group's infectious dance hit single, elusive on a UK Salsoul pressing, where it failed to chart.

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Betty Wright - Clean Up Woman

Betty Wright - (1971)

Clean EX+ example of UK pressing (K 10335), taken from her second studio album, "I Love the Way You Love".

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Gladys Knight & the Pips - The Look of Love

Gladys Knight & the Pips - (1968)

A cover of the Bacharach/David song, released in 1973 after the group's tenure with Motown Records had expired.

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Commodores - Superman

Commodores - (1974)

Two up-tempo funk/pre-disco tracks, released in 1975, (uncharted in the UK).

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The Temptations - Happy People

The Temptations - (1974)

Demonstration record variant of single co-written by Lionel Richie, taken from their album "A Song For You".

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