Artists

Al Green

Willie Mitchell signed Al Green to Hi Records in 1969. The first gold single of Green’s career was released two years later, selling a million copies. The door to success was open. Al Green’s voice set him apart from his contemporaries in both soul and pop fields. He was blessed […]

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Gene Page & Barry White

In the late Sixties, Gene Page met the young singer Barry White, who was doing odd jobs to make ends meet between recording dates. To this day, the soul superstar remembers the arranger’s generosity.  According to Barry White, during several Motown recording sessions on the West Coast at Motown Recording Studios, […]

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Mavis Staples

Mavis Staples was born in the city of Chicago on the 10th July 1939.  Aged eleven, she joined The Staple Singers, the family group led by her father Pops, who started their recording careers at the locally-based black-owned legendary record label, Vee-Jay Records, during the mid-1950s, as a Gospel recording act […]

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Barry White

Barry White exerted incredible influence as a cultural icon, famous all over the world for his romantic and sexual themes: many parents around the world claim that they were influenced by his songs in terms of their love-making and no doubt babies have been born due to the effects of the […]

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Aretha Franklin: Two Fantastic Years

!n 1967 Aretha Franklin returned to the top of the charts with a new studio album entitled “Aretha Arrives”, released on 4th August 1967 by Atlantic Records. The album peaked at  number one on 9th September 1967 (5 weeks). “Baby I Love You” was the only gold single to be released from […]

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Gospel Artists with talent and a Record Label

Fred Hammond: A multi-instrumentalist, producer, and vocalist for the soulful black gospel group Commissioned during the 1980s and ’90s, Fred Hammond also became one of the most popular praise & worship leaders in the world. He is originally from Detroit, where he began singing with his church choir in his early teenage years. He played bass […]

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Tamela Mann’s “Take Me to the King”

The song “Take Me to the King” is featured on Tamela Mann’s top-selling 2012 album “Best Days”. It was released to Gospel Radio, where the track quickly climbed to number one  on the Gospel Radio chart, remaining at the top for more than 25 weeks. Tamela has performed this song on […]

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Philadelphia Soul Sound: Female Solo Artists 6

Two female artists dominated the American Billboard R&B Singles Chart for the entire month of August 1986, with singles produced and recorded in the city of Philadelphia, at different recording studios. They were Shirley Jones and Jean Carne. Jean Carne Both artists occupied the number one position for two weeks, beginning with Jean […]

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Johnnie Taylor and The Manhattans

Johnnie Taylor and The Manhattans were the first recording acts in America to receive platinum certification for their hit singles. Both singles were also number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart and the Billboard Hot Soul Singles Chart. Johnnie Taylor’s single “Disco Lady” became the first certified-platinum single […]

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Philadelphia Soul Sound: Female Solo Artists 5

All  the tracks and albums featured in this series of articles were recorded at the world famous recording studio Sigma Sound Studios and the short-lived recording studio Alpha International Recording Studios, both based in the city of Philadelphia during the 1980s, with some singles reaching the Top five in the […]

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