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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African Music Machine - Camel Time

African Music Machine - (1973)

EX+ elusive, white label variant, of early '70s funk rarity, by the New Orleans-based funk band.

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Gary Toms Empire - 1-2-3-4 (Let's Do It Again)

Gary Toms Empire - (1978)

EX+/EX+ example of New York band's R&B/funk-disco single release, taken from the album "Let's Do It Again".

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Willie Henderson - The Dance Master Part One: Instrumental

Willie Henderson - (1973)

The 4-prong centre variant of the two-part funk single.

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Joe Simon featuring the Mainstreeters - Theme From Cleopatra Jones

Joe Simon - (1973)

Theme to the Warner Bros. blaxploitation genre film Cleopatra Jones.

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Dennis Landry - Sing My Song

Dennis Landry - (1974)

West coast early 70's funk track in Excellent condition.

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Lonnie Youngblood - Roll With the Punches

Lonnie Youngblood - (1968)

Regular soul club "oldies room" spin from the late 1960's, with original company paper sleeve.

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The Stylettes - On Fire

The Stylettes - (1964)

Early '60s girl group production, white label demonstration variant, in "strong excellent" condition..

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Sidney Barnes - Old Times

Sidney Barnes - (1970)

Self penned R&B song, released while under his tenure with Chicago based recording label Chess.

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Diane Jenkins - Tow-A-Way Zone

Diane Jenkins - (1975)

An Excellent UK issue on Crystal Records, released two years after it's initial release date in the United States of America.

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The Olympics - Mine Exclusively

The Olympics - (1966)

2nd press of popular soul club double sider, with "Secret Agents", released through the west coast recording label, Mirwood.

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The Peoples Choice - Cause That's the Way I Know

The Peoples Choice - (1972)

Early '70s, west coast, vocal R&B group.

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Robb Fortune - Crazy Feelin

Robb Fortune - (1968)

EX+ copy of the genuine 1st press, released before the Now Records issue.

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Inez Foxx - You Hurt Me for the Last Time

Inez Foxx - (1972)

Excellent double-sider, from the female R&B singer, best known for her duet's with brother Charlie Foxx.

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Ruth Davis - Lost in a Love Zone

Ruth Davis - (1978)

EX+ promotional pressing of the American R&B singers eighth and final single release, featuring unusual "hypnotic" production sound effects.

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Bobby Byrd - Headquarters (Augusta GA)

Bobby Byrd - (1975)

Well presented advanced demonstration variant of mid '70s R&B song, with B-side instrumental version.

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Dramatics - Your Love Was Strange

The Dramatics - (1972)

Non album track, the B-side to "Toast to the Fool", gaining spins on the northern soul circuit.

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Al Wilson - Help Me

Al Wilson - (1974)

Released through the Pye International, Disco Demand series, because of demand on the N/S scene in the early '70s.

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The Serrnaders - Adios My Love

The Serenaders - (1963)

Promotional pressing of early '60s doo-wop song, in strong excellent condition.

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Sherm (Reb) Nesbary - Don't Make Me Sorry (For Loving You)

Sherm (Reb) Nesbary - (1974)

Self written modern soul room gem, from the Chicago, songwriter/artist.

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Billy Sha-Rae - Music to My Ears

Billy Sha-Rae - (1962)

The U.S. soul/R&B singers debut release, double sided with "To Love and Be Young" with original company paper sleeve.

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Gentle Persuasion - Dynamite Explodes

Gentle Persuasion - (1973)

The first of only five single releases from the female trio, consisting of members Leza Holmes, Renne Johnson and Sharon Williams.

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Cymande - The Message

Cymande - (1972)

U.S. variant of funk rarity, from the London, England, based funk group, formed by Steve Scipio and Patrick Patterson.

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Jenny's Daughters - Dirty Feet

Jenny's Daughters - (1974)

Demonstration variant of the 2nd of only three releases, from the female session singers.

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Alvin Cash - Keep On Dancing

Alvin Cash - (1968)

Styrene Pitman pressing variant of regular soul club spin, (instrumental), and final single release from the American singer/artist.

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The Passions - High-Jacked (Part 1)

The Passions - (1969)

Rare soul classic from the four piece male vocal group, with original company bag, hard to find in this kind of excellent condition.

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Kim Weston - That's Groovy

Kim Weston - (1967)

Minor R&B hit, released after her tenure with Motown ended, earlier the same year.

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Soft Tones - Any Street

The Soft Tones - (1973)

The second single release from the four piece, sweet soul, vocal group, consisting of Elton Lynch, Marvin Brown, Steve Jackson and Yvonne Jones.

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Lou Courtney - I Don't Need Nobody Else

Lou Courtney - (1974)

U.S. Epic 5-11088 promotional press, the American soul singer's final single release, (Billboard R&B chart #67).

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Sting - Pleasure

Sting - (1978)

EX promotional press of the disco trio's debut single, taken from their album of the same name.

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The Earls - Goin' Uptown

The Earls - (1975)

The 3 minute demonstration variant of the funk song, from the quartet that began their career in the 1960's, as the doo-wop group Larry Chance and the Earls.

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Clarence Reid - Part Time Lover

Clarence Reid - (1969)

Late '60s rare soul single, from the American artist/songwriter, also known by the stage name and alternate persona Blowfly.

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Young Hearts - Sweet Soul Shakin

Young Hearts - (1969)

The west coast soul group's seventh single release, taken from their debut album of the same name.

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N' Cole - You're Gonna Need This Love

N' Cole - (1978)

Stunning EX+/EX+ promotional press example of the American soul singer's only single release, with original company paper sleeve.

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The Fiestas - The Railroad Song

The Fiestas - (1962)

Clean "yellow moon" label variant of the doo-wop/R&B group's seventh single release, double sided with "Broken Heart".

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Calvin Arnold - After the Love Has Gone

Calvin Arnold - (1977)

Self written and produced crossover soul, from the Georgia based soul singer, with company paper sleeve.

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Fat Gaines & the Grampaps - Funky Feet

Fat Gaines & the Grampaps -

Sticker on label hampers what would otherwise be an excellent example of this instrumental funk rarity.

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Curtis Mayfield - Future Shock

Curtis Mayfield - (1973)

A well presented EX/EX funk/soul single, take from Mayfield's album, "Back to the World".

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Curtis Mayfield - Sweet Exorcist

Curtis Mayfield - (1974)

Released with "Suffer" on the B-side. Both sides of single taken from the Curtis Mayfield album "Sweet Exorcist".

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Howard Tate - That's What Happens

Howard Tate - (1969)

Northern soul B side issued on the reverse of "These Are the Things That Make Me Know You're Gone".

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Simtec and Wylie - Put Up or Shut Up

Simtec and Wylie - (1972)

Original Mister Chand (CH 8013) funk single, taken from the duo's only album release, "Gettin' Over the Hump".

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John Hamilton & Doris Allen - Bright Star

John Hamilton & Doris Allen - (1970)

Double sided "southern soul sound" song duet, produced by Finley Duncan.

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Lee Fields - Everybody Gonna Give Their Thing Away to Somebody (Sometime)

Lee Fields - (1975)

Mid '70s funk/soul single, from the singer nicknamed Little JB, for his physical and vocal resemblance with James Brown.

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These Gents - Yesterday Standing By

These Gents - (1974)

Crossover soul in two-sided parts, released through the Soulvation Army Recording label.

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Soul Generation - Ray of Hope

Soul Generation - (1972)

The second single release from the Newark, New Jersey based, four piece soul group.

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Natural Order - Jealousy (Part 1)

Natural Order - (1975)

Hard disco, up-tempo instrumental, released in two parts, the group's only single release.

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