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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Little Milton - Just a Little Bit

Little Milton - (1969)

Nice clean example of Chicago northern soul chugger from the late '60s.

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Wendall Parker - My Loves On Ration

Wendall Parker - (1976)

Instrumental version of The Four Seasons' "Dawn (Don't Go Away)", a Wigan Casino regular spin.

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The Moment of Truth - Your Love

The Moment of Truth - (1974)

Promotional copy of up-tempo '70s soul, the New York based group's debut single release.

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Kool aad the Gang - Kool and the Gang

Kool and the Gang - (1969)

Original American De-Lite Records pressing of debut single, from the New Jersey funk band, formed by brothers Robert "Kool" Bell and Ronald Bell.

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Hot Sauce - Echoes From the Past

Hot Sauce - (1972)

EX+ example of the female soul trio's 2nd single release.

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Saundra Phillips - Miss Fatback

Saundra Phillips - (1975)

Mid '70s funk rarity, from the soul singer best known for her N/S club plays "World Without Sunshine" and "You Succeded".

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Johnny Sayles - My Love Ain't No Love Without Your Love

Johnny Sayles - (1972)

Clean copy of '70s soul classic produced by Willie Henderson, and released through Brunswick Records.

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Hearts of Stone - If I Could Give You the World

Hearts of Stone - (1970)

Debut single from the band who were an evolutiuon of The Four Pennies, and only released one album at Motown, due to a contract dispute.

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The Lost Family - Blow My Mind

The Lost Family - (1974)

The original International Music Bag Records pressing of Chicago rare soul in-demander, in stunning EX+/EX+ condition.

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Billy Butler & Infinity - Free Yourself

Billy Butler & Infinity - (1971)

U.S. Billboard R&B chart #38, minor funk hit for Butler's new group with Batts, Larry Wade and Phyllis Knox.

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Brothers of Soul - Hurry, Don't Linger

Brothers of Soul - (1968)

The original styrene mono variant with stamped matrix, of the '60s northern soul classic spin.

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Joe Thomas Orchestra - I Don't Want Nobody (To Have My Love But You) Part 1

Joe Thomas Orchestra - (1964)

The group's only Jazz-inspired R&B single release.

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Syl Johnson - Take Me to the River

Syl Johnson - (1975)

Accomplished cover of the Al Green track, a hit in the United States, (U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #48 and U.S. Billboard R&B #7).

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The Parliaments - Time

The Parliaments - (1968)

Classic '60s northern soul written by George Clinton, in "strong excellent" condition.

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The Magistrates - After the Fox

The Magistrates - (1968)

Cover of Cliff Nobles & Co. "The Horse / Love Is Alright" with alternate lyrics, the group's first of only three single releases.

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The Drifters - Ain't It the Truth

The Drifters - (1967)

Classic '60s northern soul from the Ben E. King era Drifters.

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Tommy Hunt - You Made a Man Out of Me

Tommy Hunt - (1964)

EX+ example of '60s northern soul classic, the issue with "It's All a Bad Dream" presed on the flip-side.

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David T. Walker - Watch Out Dynamite

David T. Walker - (1969)

The American guitarist's third and last single release through Revue Records, a self written and produced instrumental R&B song.

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Barbara Lynn - Love Ain't Never Hurt Nobody

Barbara Lynn - (1968)

The American R&B singer's first single release through Atlantic Records.

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Kenny Young - Leave Those Young Girls Alone (Old Men)

Kenny Young - (1969)

Promotional variant of the American soul singers only single release, written and produced by Van McCoy, gaining spins on the N/S circuit.

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The Reflections - You're My Baby (and Don't You Forget It)

The Reflections - (1965)

New York based, blue-eyed-soul, spun frequently on the Northern Soul scene.

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John Bishop Trio - Wade in the Water

John Bishop Trio - (1970)

The Latin-based, funky R&B-Hammond, instrumental version, of the Ramsay Lewis song, released through Ray Charles' Tangerine Record Corporation.

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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 Patti-Cakes - Peas Porridge

The Patti-Cakes - (1968)

Latin dancer, the female group's only single release, in excellent condition.

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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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Jackie Wilson - Nobody But You

Jackie Wilson - (1976)

Promotional variant of single taken from the artists final album release, of the same name.

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Stage IV - Our World

Stage IV - (1971)

New York based '70s crossover single, in stunning EX+/EX+ condition.

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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 Manhattans - It's Gonna Take a Lot to Bring Me Back

The Manhattans - (1970)

Early '70s crossover from the American R&B vocal group, in EX+/EX+ condition.

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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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Chick Willis - Stoop Down "76"

Chick Willis - (1976)

Mid '70s funk single, from the American singer/guitarist.

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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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