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Famous Soul Singers: Smokey Robinson

Andrew Luke

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"When smokey sings, I forget everything" are lyrics from the hit song "When Smokey Sings" (1987) by ABC. Such was the power of Smokey Robinson's voice that he even had hit songs named after him! Find out more about Smokey Robinson in this collection.

Famous Soul Singers: Wilson Pickett

Andrew Luke

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Wilson Pickett was heralded for his many soul hits and wonderful voice, but he was also lauded for his impressive songwriting skills. He enjoyed a successful and long music career. Although one of his biggest hits, "Mustang Sally," was actually a cover (it was written by Mack Rice), it is still f...

Famous Soul Singers: Ray Charles

Andrew Luke

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When you think of famous male soul singers with great voices, who even though afflicted with blindness could still exhibit incredible piano skills, then two names probably spring to mind: Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles. The latter was considered a soul pioneer and had hits with songs like "Georgia...

Famous Soul Singers: James Brown

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James Brown: the "Godfather of Soul." You don't need to be a soul music lover to have heard of the late great singer from Barnwell, South Carolina. Few artists exhibited the stage presence and theatrics that Brown had to offer. Brown loved to perform live; his energy and music enthralling audienc...

Famous Soul Singers: Marvin Gaye

Andrew Luke

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Few singers had such a lasting impact on music as Marvin Gaye. Even though this magnificent soul singer died in 1984, his legacy and songs live on through the future generations of musicians influenced by his artistry. Thirty years later and his name still ranks alongside those of the greatest mu...