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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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 on the flip side.

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Big Boss Man - Big Boss Man

Big Boss Man - (2001)

1960's style hammond, guitars and bongo, that zips between soul, jazz and R&B, much like The Bar-Kays and The Quik.

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Dave "Baby" Cortez - Count Down

Dave "Baby" Cortez - (1966)

Mid '60s jazz/R&B mod club spin, from the American organist.

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Bobby Byrd - Try It Again

Bobby Brown - (1973)

White label Promotional variant of early '70s funk track, written, produced and performed by Byrd, in strong excellent condition.

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Nu-Sound Express Ltd. - Ain't It Good Enough

Nu-Sound Express Ltd. - (1970)

The legit' silver foil label, with black text, 2nd press, of the instrumental funk track.

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James Brown - Brother Rapp (Part 1 & Part 2)

James Brown - (1970)

Up-tempo funk/northern track in two parts.

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Jimmy "Bo" Horne - Dance Across the Floor

Jimmy "Bo" Horne - (1978)

Demonstration variant of Horne's biggest hit, (U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #38, Billboard R&B #8).

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Earth Wind & Fire - Magic Mind

Earth Wind & Fire - (1977)

Advanced promotional pressing of minor hit in the UK, (UK Singles Chart #54), taken from the album, "All 'n All".

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Larry Santos - Long Long Time

Larry Santos - (1975)

Well presented promotional U.S. Casablanca NB 869, which was included on the artist's fourth and fifth studio album.

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Buddy Miles - Rockin' and Rollin' on the Streets of Hollywood

Buddy Miles - (1975)

Promotional variant of modern soul/dance release, written and produced by the drummer-vocalist Buddy Miles.

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The Isley Brothers - Harvest for the World

The Isley Brothers - (1976)

Single released as the title track, from their 1976 album of the same name, (UK chart singles #10).

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