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The Marcels

The Marcels were an American doo-wop group known for turning popular music songs into rock and roll. The group formed in 1959 with lead Cornelius Harp, bass Fred Johnson, Gene Bricker, Ron Mundy, and Richard Knauss. The group was named by Fred Johnson's younger sister Priscilla, after a popular hair style of the day, the marcel wave.

Sam Cooke

Samuel Cook, better known under the stage name Sam Cooke, was an American gospel, R&B, soul, and pop singer, songwriter and entrepreneur. He is considered to be one of the pioneers and founders of soul music.

Tina Turner

Tina Turner is an American singer and actress whose career has spanned more than 50 years.

Ike Turner

Ike Wister Turner was an American musician, bandleader, songwriter, arranger, talent scout and record producer. In a career that lasted more than half a century, his repertoire included blues, soul, rock, and funk. He is most popularly known for his 1960s work with his then wife Tina Turner in the Ike & Tina Turner revue.

Ruth Brown

Ruth Brown was an American pop and R&B singer-songwriter, record producer, composer and actress. She was known as "The Queen of R&B" and noted for bringing a pop music style to R&B music in a series of hit songs for Atlantic Records in the 1950s, such as "So Long", "Teardrops from My Eyes" and "(Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean". For these contributions, Atlantic became known as "The house that Ruth built".

Gary U.S. Bonds

Gary U.S. Bonds (born Gary Levone Anderson) is an American rhythm and blues and rock and roll singer. He is also a prolific songwriter.

Tim Buckley

Timothy Charles Buckley III was an American vocalist and musician who went through many distinct phases spanning the late 1960s and early 1970s, in which he incorporated aspects of folk, jazz, psychedelia, funk, soul, and avant-garde rock. He died when he was 28 years old, survived by his wife and adopted son Taylor, and his biological son from an earlier marriage, Jeff Buckley (who later became a well-known musician in his own right).


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