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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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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Undisputed Truth - Help Yourself

Undisputed Truth - (1974)

U.S. Billboard R&B Top-20 single, (uncharted in the UK), taken from their album "Down to Earth".

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The Detroit Spinners - I'm Coming Home

The Detroit Spinners - (1974)

EX+ Demonstration copy variant of the Spinners cover - the song originally released by Johnny Mathis a year earlier.

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Undisputed Truth - You + Me = Love

Undisputed Truth - (1976)

Disco club classic featuring Taka Boom on lead vocals, elusive as a UK "Demonstration" variant, where it peaked at #43 on the singles chart.

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Roy C - Shotgun Wedding

Roy C - (1966)

Stunning EX+ example of the American southern soul singer's best known hit, peaking at# 6 in the UK charts.

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Double Exposure - Ten Percent

Double Exposure - (1976)

EX+ UK 7" variant of cult disco club classic spin, elusive on a British Salsoul pressing.

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Carol Williams - More

Carol Williams - (1976)

Demonstration variant of early disco classic, peaking at #4 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play Chart.

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Sly & the Family Stone - Dance to the Music

Sly & the Family Stone - (1968)

Stunning EX+ example of the psychedelic funk-soul band's first U.S. Billboard Top-10 single.

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Nature Zone - Porcupine

Nature Zone - (1976)

Two disco tracks written and produced by Steve Feldman and Tom Dawes.

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The Detroit Spinners - I'll Be Around

The Detroit Spinners - (1972)

The American R&B vocal group's first single release on Atlantic Records, after their tenure with Motown had ended.

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The Supremes - Back In My Arms Again

The Supremes - (1965)

UK TMG 516 in EX+ condition - The fifth consecutive number-one song for the group on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.

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Louise Freeman - I Can Do It (If I See It)

Louise Freeman - (1974)

Disco rarity (UK HLM 10490) in EX+ condition.

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Jackie Wilson & the Chi-Lites - Don't Burn No Bridges

Jackie Wilson & the Chi-Lites - (1975)

Pre disco, up-tempo soul standard, (uncharted in the UK), - a minor hit in the United States where it peaked at #91 on the Billboard R&B chart.

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B.J. Arnau - Live and Let Die

B.J. Arnau - (1973).

Single release for which Arnau is best remembered, as the caberet act in the James Bond film "Live and Let Die".

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Leon Lee - He Was a Man (Part 1)

Leon Lee - (1974)

Pre-disco, up-tempo funk/soul rarity, in EX+ condition.

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The Jacksons - Can You Feel It

The Jacksons - (1980)

The third single released from their album "Triumph", written by brothers Michael and Jackie.

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Musique - In the Bush

Musique - (1978)

Originally a low-budget studio project by arranger/producer Patrick Adams, and featured soul singer Jocelyn Brown.

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Earth, Wind & Fire - Got to Get You into My Life

Earth, Wind & Fire - (1978)

Cover version of the Lennon/McCartney song recorded for the 1978 "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" soundtrack.

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The Show Stoppers

The Show Stoppers - (1967)

Stunning EX+ example of Northern soul floor-filler, released with "What Can a Man Do" on the flip-side.

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Wilson Pickett - In the Midnight Hour

Wilson Pickett - (1965)

Stunning EX+ example of single written by Pickett and Steve Cropper, taken from his album of the same name.

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The Chiffons - Steet Talkin' Guy

The Chiffons - (1966)

The New York girl-group's follow-up to their hit "One Fine Day", - a regular play at soul clubs in the midlands and north of England.

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Lee Dorsey - Ride Your Pony

Lee Dorsey - (1966)

Stunning EX+ Bell Records variant of mid '60s release, with it's original company paper sleeve.

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Dusty Springfield - Am I the Same Girl

Dusty Springfield - (1969)

Dusty's cover version of the song first recorded a year earlier by Barbara Acklin, and Young-Holt Unlimited.

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Billie Davis - I Want You to Be My Baby

Billie Davis - (1968)

Davis' final chart entry (#33) - a Northern soul version of the Jon Hendricks song, in EX+ condition.

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David Simmons - Holdin' Back

David Simmons - (1979)

Immaculate EX+/EX+ U.S. Fantasy WMOT Records variant, of late '70s, modern soul room spin.

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Atmosfear - Dancing in Outer Space

Atmosfear - (1979)

The British jazz funk band's most notable release, now a cult classic, house music collectable.

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The Temptations - (I Know) I'm Losing You

The Temptations - (1966)

TMG 587 - Regular soul club standard, produced by Norman Whitfield, in EX+ condition.

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Marvin Gaye - Too Busy Thinking About My Baby

Marvin Gaye - (1969)

Gaye's cover version of the Whitfield, Strong, Bradford song, first recorded by The Temptations on their 1966 album "Gettin' Ready".

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Junior Walker & the All Stars - These Eyes

Junior Walker & the All Stars - (1969)

The Motown artists cover version of the song, written and first performed by the Canadian rock band The Guess Who, in March 1969.

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The Temptations - Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today)

The Temptations - (1970)

UK Top-10 single, written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong, in "time capsule" EX+/EX+ condition!

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Four Tops - It's All in the Game

Four Tops - (1970)

The Tops cover version of the song written by Charles G. Dawes, (U.S. vice president) in 1911, (then titled "Melody in A Major").

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The Four Tops - Still Water (Love)

The Four Tops - (1970)

EX+/EX+ example of early '70s hit single, written by Smokey Robinson and Frank Wilson.

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The Supremes - Stoned Love

The Supremes - (1970)

U.S. Billboard Top-10 hit, featuring Jean Terrell on lead vocals.

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Four Tops - Walk With Me, Talk With Me Darling

Stunning EX+/EX+ example of minor hit in the UK (#32 singles chart), taken from their album, "Nature Planned It".

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The Supremes - Stop! In the Name of Love

The Supremes - (1965)

"Strong excellent" example of U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper from March 27th-April 3rd 1965.

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Curtis Mayfield - Superfly

Curtis Mayfield - (1972)

Original UK 7" pressing (with large centre), the title track from the film soundtrack of the same name.

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Nina Simone - Ain't Got No - I Got Life

Nina Simone - (1968)

Single taken from Simone's album ""Nuff Said", and used in the soundtrack to the musical "Hair".

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Curtis Mayfield - Move On Up

Curtis Mayfield - (1988)

EX+/EX+ (Curtom 7 CUR 101) much sought after 1988 repress, (with printed sleeve), of the soul classic originally released in 1970.

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Keane Brothers - Dancin' in the Moonlight

Keane Brothers - (1979)

EX+ advance promotion copy - disco cover version of the song best known by the band Toploader released in 2000.

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Tom Scott - Gotcha (Theme from Starsky & Hutch)

Tom Scott - (1976)

Stunning EX+ Canadian Epic (8-50433), example of the theme to the 1970s TV cop series Starsky & Hutch.

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Average White Band - Pick Up the Pieces

Average White Band - (1974)

Solid centre variant of instrumental funk standard, U.S. chart-topping single, produced by Arif Mardin.

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Tom Tom Club - Wordy Rappinghood

Tom Tom Club - (1981)

Novelty rapping song by the American new wave band, taken from their self-titled debut album "Tom Tom Club".

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Dr. John - Right Place Wrong Time

Dr. John - (1973)

EX+ original UK Atlantic pressing of the American Billboard top-10 hit.

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Kokomo - Use Your Imagination

Kokomo - (1975)

"Promotion copy" variant of lead track from the British funk/soul band's second studio album "Rise & Shine", (#81 U.S. Billboard R&B chart).

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