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Curtis Mayfield

Curtis Mayfield (Curtis Lee Mayfield , Chicago, Illinois, June 3, 1942 - Roswell, Georgia, December 26, 1999) was an American soul, funk and rhythm and blues, singer-songwriter and guitarist. Mayfield is probably best known for his anthemic music with The Impressions and for the soundtrack to the blaxploitation film Superfly. Perhaps because he didn't cross over to the pop audience as heavily as Motown's stars, it may be that the scope of Curtis Mayfield's talents and contributions have yet to be fully recognized.

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The Blues Brothers

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.

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P. Diddy

Sean John Combs (born November 4, 1969 in NY, NY) is a record producer and entertainment mogul who presides over a media empire that includes the record label Bad Boy Entertainment, the clothing lines Sean John and Sean by Sean Combs, a movie production company, and a restaurant chain. He has taken the roles of recording executive, producer, writer, arranger, clothing designer, actor, singer and rapper.

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The Royals

There are several groups which have used this band name. Listed chronologically: Band #1: The Royals were a R&B group active on the Federal imprint of the King label in the early 1950s. They rose to prominence after adding Hank Ballard as vocalist, and as the 1950s went on they were renamed first as The Midnighters, and eventually as Hank Ballard and The Midnighters, who most notably were responsible for the original version of "The Twist".

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Freda Payne

Freda Charcelia Payne (born September 19, 1942 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American singer and actress. As a teenager, she attended the Institute of Musical Arts; she soon began singing radio commercial jingles and took part in (and won many of) local TV and radio talent shows. In 1963, she moved to New York City and worked with many different singers including Quincy Jones, Pearl Bailey, and Bill Cosby.

Read more about Freda Payne on Last.fm.

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Gary Wilson

Hailing from Endicott, NY, Gary Wilson is an archetypal figure in the "outsider music" movement with other artists like The Shaggs and Jandek as its most notable members. Gary Wilson first came onto the scene in 1977 with "You Think You Really Know Me," which he recorded alone in his parents' basement. Using synthesizers and spinning disturbing tales of obsession with different women, Wilson's record had no effect on the mainstream but its cold detachment and electro-funk aesthetic was a hit with the college radio stations.

Read more about Gary Wilson on Last.fm.

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