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Syl Johnson

Syl Johnson (b. July 1, 1936) is an American blues and soul singer and music producer. Born Sylvester Thompson in Holly Springs, Mississippi, Johnson sang and played with blues artists Magic Sam, Billy Boy Arnold, Junior Wells and Howlin' Wolf in the 1950s, before recording with Jimmy Reed for Vee-Jay in 1959. He made his solo debut that same year with Federal, a subsidiary of King Records of Cincinnati, backed by Freddie King on guitar.

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Solomon Burke

Solomon Burke (born March 21, 1940 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a soul music pioneer and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Despite releasing numerous R&B chart hits in the 1960s, he never had a Top 20 hit on the pop charts. Burke's influence, however, has outstripped his mainstream commercial success. Today he is considered a legend of American music. He began his adult life as a young preacher in Philadelphia, where he hosted a gospel radio show. In the 1960s, he signed with Atlantic Records and began moving towards more secular music.

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Liquid Gold

Liquid Gold were an English disco group conisting of Ellie Hope (vocals), Syd Twynham (guitar), Ray Knott (bass) and Wally Rothe (drums). Ray Knott and Ellie Hope had met auditioning to play in Babe Ruth, a group that released four albums between 1972 and 1975. After the final album, Kid Stuff, they recruited Wally Rothe and Syd Twynham to form Dream Coupe; after a few shows they signed to Creole Records, a Polo Records subsidiary, and changed their name to Liquid Gold.

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Percy Sledge

Percy Sledge (born 25 November 1941 in Leighton, Alabama) is a US-American R&B and performer. Percy Sledge worked in the fields in Leighton before he worked as an orderly at Colbert County Hospital in Sheffield. By the mid-1960s, Sledge was touring the Southeast with the Esquires Combo on weekends and working at the hospital. A former patient who was a friend of producer Quin Ivy introduced the two, an audition followed, and Sledge was signed to a recording contract.

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Cyril Neville

Cyril Neville (born in New Orleans, Louisiana, October 10, 1948), is a percussionist and vocalist who first came to prominence as a member of his brother Art Neville's funky New Orleans-based band, The Meters. He later joined Art and his other siblings Aaron and Charles to form The Neville Brothers band upon the dissolution of the Meters in the late 1970's. The youngest, and most politically outspoken of the brothers, his lyrics often contain themes addressing racism, injustice and social issues. In 2006, Cyril Neville toured with the Louisiana Voice Of The Wetlands All Stars."

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Earl Gaines

Born in Decatur, Alabama in 1935, Earl Gaines was amongst the first generation of chitlin circuit R&B road warriors, finding success in 1955 as a solo singer on the Excello label and with Bill Doggett's band, while doing dual duty as a busy session drummer. By the mid 1960's was an associate of producer Bill “Hoss” Allen and a regular performer on Allen's legendary "The !!! Beat" television variety show.

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The Vibrations

There are two bands with the name The Vibrations: 1.The Vibrations were an African-American soul vocal group from Los Angeles, California, active from the mid-1950s to 1976. Most notable among the group's hit singles were "My Girl Sloopy" (1964) and "Love in Them Thar Hills" (1968). The quintet's members included Don Bradley, Carl Fisher, Dave Govan, James Johnson and Ricky Owens. 2.The Vibrations are also a three-piece alternative rock band from Prague, Czech Republic. The band members are David Svoboda (vocals, bass), Filip Marek (guitar) and Simon Strba (drums).

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