Ska legends The Hotknives were originally formed in 1982 in England by a group of friends interested in ska, dub, reggae and Northern Soul. They recorded two live albums, "Live at the boatman" and "Live and Skanking" before recording their first studio album, "The Way Things Are" in 1989. Having reached the top of the 3rd Wave ska scene and been banned from Radio in the UK, the band decided to call it a day in 1993.
Who Is Ronnie McNeir? What do Smokey Robinson, Teena Marie, The Four Tops, David Ruffin, Eddie Kendrick, Kim Weston, L.J. Reynolds, Kirk Whalum, Rena Scott, Rene & Angela, Carrie Lucas, and Theo Peoples have in common? Well, Ronnie McNeir has produced, recorded with, written for, and/or played keyboards behind this all-star soul list. Despite his impressive resume, Ronnie McNeir is virtually unknown… in the United States.
Vince Eager (born Roy Taylor, 4 June 1940, Grantham, Lincolnshire) is a British pop singer. The impresario, Larry Parnes, took him into his stable of performers, giving him one of Parnes' characteristic stage names. He was occasionally backed by Ged Peck and Brian Locking. During 1959 he was a regular on BBC TV's Drumbeat, often accompanied by The John Barry Seven. In 1960 he was one of the contestants on A Song for Europe.
The Showstoppers were a four-piece vocal soul group from Philadelphia, their line-up including Alex and Laddie, younger brothers of Solomon Burke. They are best remembered for their 1968 hit ‘Ain’t Nothin' But a Houseparty’, which was released on the local Philly label Showtime and sold well locally, but despite rights being acquired for national release by MGM, failed to become a national hit. However it caught on with DJs in the UK, was released on the small London independent label Beacon (giving it its only hit), reached No.
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Tammi Terrell (born Thomasina Montgomery) (April 29, 1945 to March 16, 1970) was an American Motown singer in the 1960s, best known for her duets with Marvin Gaye. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she entered the music business at the age of 13, regularly performing live. In 1961 she was signed to the fledgling Scepter Records (later Wand Records), recording under the name "Tammy Montgomery". After coming to the attention of James Brown she recorded one single apiece for Brown's own Try Me record label and, in 1964, Checker Records.
Roy Hamilton (b. April 16, 1929, Leesburg, Georgia – d. July 20, 1969, New Rochelle, New York) was an American singer who achieved major success in both the R&B and pop charts in the 1950s. He moved to Jersey City in 1943, studied commercial art, had operatic and classical voice training, and was a heavyweight Golden Gloves boxer, before joining gospel quartet The Searchlight Singers. In 1947 he entered and won an amateur talent show at the Apollo Theater with his dramatic rendition of "You'll Never Walk Alone" from the musical "Carousel".
Rinaldi Sings is the new group fronted by singer and songwriter Steve Rinaldi. Formerly a member of cult indie mod band The Moment, Steve Rinaldi continued to work with The Moment’s guitarist Adrian Holder in a succession of bands, eventually writing 50 per cent of the material and briefly taking over as the band’s vocalist before leaving to focus on Rinaldi Sings, his first solo project. The first Rinaldi Sings single was released on May 10, 2004.
Pioneer, Keb Darge has been around the northern soul & funk scene since the start and is possibly the best-known and most highly regarded DJ of such genres.
He is also directly involved in the development of what he termed "deep funk"