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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The Dovells - L-O-V-E Love

The Dovells - (1971)

Crossover soul from the four piece vocal group, that started under the name The Brooktones, best known for their doo wop hit "Bristol Stomp".

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Citations - Mercy Mercy (Have a Little Mercy)

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Early '70s crossover soul, the group's second and final single release.

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Johnny K - Come Out

Johnny K - (1970)

The Tampa, Florida, singer's debut single release, with the N/S spin "A Few Precoius Moments" on the flip side.

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The Masqueraders - Love Peace and Understanding

The Masqueraders - (1969)

The American 5/6 piece soul group's final AGP single release, and regular soul club spin.

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Prince Phillip Mitchell - You're All I Got in the World

Prince Phillip Mitchell - (1978)

Demonstration variant of crossover soul, released while under his two year tenure with Atlantic Records.

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Denise LaSalle - Married But Not to Each Other

Denise LaSalle - (1976)

Promotional variant of modern soul room spin, with original company paper sleeve.

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Jean Carn - Free Love

Jean Carn - (1976)

Italian pressing of modern soul room in-demander, includes well presented original picture sleeve.

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Margie Evans - You're Doing It

Margie Evans - (1973)

Well presented UA XW246 (stereo), double sided, mid '70s west coast soul.

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African Music Machine - Black Water Gold (Pearl)

African Music Machine - (1972)

UK Mojo Records pressing of the instrumental funk track, by the New Orleans based band.

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Dynamic Corvettes - Funk Music Is the Thing (Part 1)

Dynamic Corvettes - (1975)

British Contempo Records pressing of the third and final single release, from the Maryland based funk band.

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The Olympics - Worm in Your Wheatgerm

The Olympics - (1973)

Lesser known '70s rare soul minor hit, from the American group first formed in 1957.

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Al Wilson - I Stand Accused

Al Wilson - (1969)

Wilson's version of the Billy and Jerry Butler song, produced by Johnny Rivers.

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The Natural Four - The Same Thing in Mind

The Natural Four - (1969)

The debut single release, from the Oakland, California, based R&B group, with original company paper sleeve..

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Marion Jarvis - A Penny For Your Thoughts

Marion Jarvis - (1975)

The crossover soul singers second and final single release.

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Baby Washington - You Are What You Are

Baby Washington - (1967)

Late '60's crossover soul, released through the New York based recording label Sue Records Inc.

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Blackhawk - Slaughter-Fly Gets the Shaft

Blackhawk - (1973)

Promotional variant of instrumental "wah-wah" funk track, issued as the B side to their cover of Looking Glass' "Brandy".

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Cymande - The Message

Cymande - (1973)

Well presented UK 1st issue, (Alaska ALA 4), of their breakthrough funk hit in the United States.

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The Third Degree - Mercy

The Third Degree - (2009)

The Kent band's cover version of the song first recorded a year earlier by Duffy, includes original, company paper sleeve.

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The Third Degree - Toxic

The Third Degree - (2016)

'60s northern soul style cover version of the Britney Spears song, with another cover, Katy Perry's "I Kised a Girl" released o the flip side.

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