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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Stevie Wonder - Superstition

Stevie Wonder - (1972)

Motown classic U.S. Billboard #1 single, taken from the album "Talking Book".

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The Temptations - Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)

The Temptations - (1970)

U.K. (TMG 773), the final group release to feature founding members Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams.

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The Chiffons - One Fine Day

The Chiffons - (1963)

UK Stateside SS 202, written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King and produced by the Tokens.

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Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes - If You Don't Know Me By Now

Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes - (1972)

Original pressing of the Kenny Gamble/Leon Huff classic - Immaculate!

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Diana Ross and the Supremes - In and Out of Love

Diana Ross and the Supremes - (1967)

The final single to feature the vocals of original Supremes member Florence Ballard.

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The Supremes & Four Tops - You Gotta Have Love In Your Heart

The Supremes & Four Tops - (1971)

Well presented American pressing, taken from the album "The Return of the Magnificent 7".

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Diana Ross & Marvin Gaye - Don't Knock My Love

Diana Ross & Marvin Gaye - (1974)

Duet cover version of Wilson Pickett song, taken from the album "Diana & Marvin".

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The Velvelettes - These Things Will Keep Me Loving You

The Velvelettes - (1966)

EX+ Seven series UK TMG 780, popular soul club classic and regular spin, the Motown girl group's final single release.

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The Motown Spinners - Together We Can Make Such Sweet Music

The Motown Spinners - (1970)

TMG 766 - Great double sider with "Truly Yours", both regular N/S club spins throughout the north of England.

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The Elgins - Put Yourself In My Place

The Elgins - (1971)

TMG 787 - The early '70s re-issue in "strong excellent" condition, suggesting few plays.

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Ruby and the Romantics - Our Day Will Come

Ruby and the Romantics - (1963)

The original version, a minor hit in the UK reaching #38 - Stunning!

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Otis Redding - Hard to Handle

Otis Redding - (1968)

Al Bell / Allen Jones penned R&B classic, taken from the album "The Immortal Otis Redding" - Stunning!

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The Young Rascals - Love Is a Beautiful Thing

The Young Rascals - (1966)

Classic garage rocker follow-up to "Good Lovin'", (uncharted in the UK), - An eye catching Ex+ suggesting few plays!

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Marvin Gaye - I Heard It Through the Grapevine

Marvin Gaye - (1968)

U.S. Billboard pop singles #1, taken from Gaye's album "In the Groove", the third Motown artist to release a version of the Barrett Strong/Norman Whitfield song.

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Muscle Shoals Horns - Born to Get Down (Born to Mess Around)

Muscle Shoals Horns - (1976)

The American brass section session musicians best known U.S. Billboard R&B chart hit (uncharted in the UK).

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Lulu with the Dixie Flyers - Hum a Song (From Your Heart)

Lulu with the Dixie Flyers - (1970)

Recorded at the Muscle Shoals Fame studios, taken from her 1969 album "New Routes", includes her B-side version of Jerry Jeff Walker's "Mr. Bojangles".

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Andrea True Connection - More, More, More (Pt. 1)

Andrea True Connection - (1976)

True's signature song, a U.S. Billboard Hot 100 top-5 hit and one of the most popular songs of the disco era.

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Brass Construction - Ha Cha Cha (Funktion)

Brass Construction - (1976)

The Brooklyn based funk band's follow-up release to their successful Billboard Hot 100 hit "Movin'".

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Redbone - The Witch Queen of New Orleans

Redbone - (1971)

Written by the native American brothers of the group Lolly and Pat Vegas, showing influences from New Orleans R&B and swamp pop.

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Booker T. & the M.G.'s - Soul Clap '69

Booker T. & the M.G.'s - (1969)

Double-sided with an instrumental cover of Paul Simon's "Mrs Robinson", taken from their album "The Booker T. Set".

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Aretha Franklin - You're All I Need to Get By

Aretha Franklin - (1971)

Franklin's cover of the Ashford/Simpson song originally performed by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell in 1968.

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The Isley Brothers - Fight the Power

The Isley Brothers - (1975)

The highly successful "negative opinion of authority figures" song, captivates the mood of young American's at it's time of release.

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Faith Hope & Charity - To Each His Own

Faith Hope & Charity - (1975)

Van McCoy composed early disco-era hit for the dance/R&B trio, topping the Billboard R&B chart.

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People's Choice - Cold Blooded & Down Right Funky

Peoples Choice - (1976)

The American funk band's 11th single release, taken from their album "We Got the Rhythm".

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Thelma Houston - Don't Leave Me This Way

Thelma Houston - (1976)

Houston's Grammy Award winning cover version of the song originally performed by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes.

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The Supremes - Where Did Our Love Go

The Supremes - (1964)

Well presented example of the first of five Supremes songs in a row, to top the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.

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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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Harvey Scales & the 7 Sound - Get Down

Harvey Scales & the 7 Sound - (1967)

Elusive UK red Atlantic soul seven in EX+ condition, a self penned minor hit on the United States Billboard R&B chart.

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Isley Brothers - Summer Breeze (Part 1)

Isley Brothers - (1974)

The Isley's cover version of the song written and first released by Seals and Crofts in 1972.

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Fontella Bass - Rescue Me

Fontella Bass - (1965)

Excellent example of the American R&B singers biggest hit, reaching #11 on the UK singles chart.

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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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The Young Rascals - It's Wonderful

The Young Rascals - (1967)

The American blue-eyed-soul band's final single release under that name, (uncharted 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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Chairmen of the Board - Everything's Tuesday

Chairmen of the Board - (1970)

UK Invictus variant with "Bless You" released as the flip-side.

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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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J.J. Barnes - Real Humdinger

J.J. Barnes - (1968)

Stunning EX+ 1974 re-issue of the single first released in 1968 on Ric Tic records.

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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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