The Blues Brothers are an American rhythm and blues band founded in 1978 by comedians Dan Aykroyd a.k.a. Elwood J. Blues and John Belushi a.k.a. Jake E. Blues as part of a musical sketch on Saturday Night Live. Belushi and Aykroyd, respectively in character as lead vocalist "Joliet" Jake Blues and harpist/vocalist Elwood Blues, fronted the band, which was composed of well-known and respected musicians. The band made its debut as the musical guest on the April 22, 1978, episode of Saturday Night Live.
Raphael Saadiq (born Charlie Ray Wiggins on May 14, 1966 in Oakland, California) is an acclaimed American music artist. He is a singer, songwriter and record producer associated with the neo-soul music movement. Saadiq made a name for himself as the lead vocalist in the rhythm and blues and dance trio Tony! Toni! Toné!. He went by his birth name during the beginning of Tony! Toni! Toné!, where he was joined by his brother Dwayne Wiggins, and his cousin Timothy Christian. He adopted the name of Raphael Saadiq in the mid-1990s.
Meli'sa Morgan's solo career got off to a great start in 1985, as her cover of Prince's "Do Me Baby" topped the R&B chart. She was previously a part of the groups Shades of Love and High Fashion. She recorded for Capitol from 1985 to 1987, and enjoyed two more Top Ten R&B singles with "Do You Still Love Me?" and "If You Can Do It: I Can Too!" before moving to Arista. Her duet with Kashif, "Love Changes," earned her another R&B hit that year, reaching number two. Her 1990 album, "The Lady In Me" gave Morgan a Top 40 R&B chart hit with the New Jack Swing song "Can You Give Me What I Want.
"I hope people enjoy listening to my music as much as I enjoy making it. Thanks to everyone who’s supported the releases."
There are many artists performing under the name Smoke. Listed here are a classically trained duo who compose music for film and television, a '70s soul quartet, a revered underground indie band, an English band active in the 1960s, a '60s/'70s biker band from California, a US stoner rock band, an MC and Hip Hop producer and a gangsta rapper from Palo Alto, CA.
1. Smoke initially comprised of two musicians who got together to create a unique sound.
Chris Hicks is a bluesy Southern rock guitarist who has played with Gregg Allman, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Marshall Tucker Band, among others. Based in Macon, GA, where he was inspired by Otis Redding and James Brown, Hicks played with his band the Experience at various blues festivals around the South. His group opened up for Steppenwolf and Charlie Daniels during the 1980s, and later that decade, Hicks was asked to join the Outlaws.
Billy Cobham, born May 16, 1944 in Panama, is one of the world's most influential drummers, best known for his jazz fusion in the 1970s, with John McLaughlin's Mahavishnu Orchestra, where he pioneered a powerful style of drumming with jazz, rock and funk influences. He is the first drummer to unseat Buddy Rich in the Down Beat music polls. Cobham has played and recorded with hundreds of top musicians, including Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Larry Coryell, and Horace Silver; and is famous for his explosive, fast, spectacular playing.
Belleruche is a band. Consisting of Kathrin deBoer, Ricky Fabulous,and DJ Modest. Formed in the lesser bars and pubs of North London in 2005, the band now record for the Brighton based Tru-thoughts label. Influenced by vintage blues records, punk girl drummers, obscure 60's cover bands and experimental west coast turntablists, they describe their sound as 'Turntable Soul Music'. Belleruche released a series of three extremely limited 7” records on their own Hippoflex Recording Industries label before signing with Tru-thoughts.
Tower of Power is a horn-based funk/soul band from Oakland, California. In the mid-1960s, 17-year-old tenor saxophonist Emilio Castillo moved from Detroit, Michigan, to Fremont, California. He started a band called the Motowns, specializing in soul music. In 1968, Castillo teamed up with baritone saxophonist Stephen "The Funky Doctor" Kupka and trumpet/trombone player Mic Gillette, moved to Oakland, and began writing original material. They changed the band's name to Tower of Power and began playing frequently in the Bay Area.