R&B/Soul Heaven

by big-gun | created - 25 Aug 2016 | updated - 21 Nov 2017 | Public

2. Nick Ashford

Soundtrack | Guardians of the Galaxy

Nick Ashford was born on May 4, 1941 in Fairfield, South Carolina, USA as Nickolas Ashford. He was married to Valerie Simpson. He died on August 22, 2011 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA.

3. Bob Babbitt

Music_department | Standing in the Shadows of Motown

Bob Babbitt was born on November 26, 1937 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA as Robert Kreinar. He is known for his work on Standing in the Shadows of Motown (2002) and Iron City Blues (2008). He was married to Ann Kreinar. He died on July 16, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

The Funk Brothers.

4. Florence Ballard

Actress | Toast of the Town

Florence Glenda Wilson Ballard was born and grew up in Detroit. By the time she turned 15, her family moved to the Brewster-Douglas housing project, and Florence attended Northeastern High School, where she met and became friends with Mary Wilson. Ballard had always wanted to be a singer and ...

The Supremes.

6. Fontella Bass

Soundtrack | I, Robot

Fontella Bass was born on July 3, 1940 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. She was married to Lester Bowie. She died on December 26, 2012 in St. Louis.

Rescue Me.

7. John Belushi

Actor | Saturday Night Live

John Belushi was born in Chicago, Illinois, USA, on January 24, 1949, to Agnes Demetri (Samaras) and Adam Anastos Belushi, a restaurant owner. His father was an Albanian immigrant, from Qytezë, and his mother was also of Albanian descent. He grew up in Wheaton, where the family moved when he was ...

The Blues Brothers.

8. Renaldo Benson

Soundtrack | Jerry Maguire

Renaldo Benson was born on June 14, 1937 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. He was married to Valaida. He died on July 1, 2005 in Detroit.

The Four Tops.

9. Bobby Bland

Soundtrack | The Fugitive

Bobby Bland was born on January 27, 1930 in Rosemark, Tennessee, USA as Robert Calvin Brooks. He was married to Willie Mae Bland. He died on June 23, 2013 in Memphis, Tennessee.

10. Leroy 'Sugarfoot' Bonner

Soundtrack | Reindeer Games

Leroy 'Sugarfoot' Bonner was born on March 14, 1943 in Hamilton, Ohio, USA. He died on January 26, 2013 in Trotwood, Ohio.

The Ohio Players.

11. Little Eva

Soundtrack | Easy Rider

Little Eva was born on June 29, 1943 in Belhaven, North Carolina, USA as Eva Narcissus Boyd. She was married to James Harris. She died on April 10, 2003 in Kinston, North Carolina.

The Locomotion.

12. Johnny Bristol

Soundtrack | Adventures in Babysitting

Johnny Bristol was born on February 3, 1939 in Morganton, North Carolina, USA. He was married to Iris Gordy. He died on March 21, 2004 in Howell, Michigan, USA.

Singer, songwriter, producer.

13. Chuck Brown

Soundtrack | Agent Cody Banks

Chuck Brown is considered the pioneer and fundamental force behind a style of music called Go-Go. Go-Go music incorporates Funk, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Blues, Soul, R & B and Dancehall music. This music is mostly known of and performed in the Nation's Capital, Washington, D.C. but has grown national ...

Father of Go-Go.

14. Errol Brown

Soundtrack | American Made

Errol Brown was born on November 12, 1943 in Kingston, Jamaica as Lester Errol Brown. He was married to Ginette. He died on May 6, 2015 in the Bahamas.

Hot Chocolate.

15. James Brown

Soundtrack | Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown

James Brown was born on May 3, 1933 in Barnwell, South Carolina, USA as James Joseph Brown. He was married to Tomirae Brown, Adrienne Rodriguez, Deidra Jenkins and Velma Warren. He died on December 25, 2006 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

The Godfather of Soul.

16. Albridge Bryant

Actor | The Temptations

Albridge Bryant was born on September 28, 1939 in Georgia, USA as Elbridge Bryant. He was an actor, known for The Temptations (1998). He was married to Bobby Jean. He died on October 26, 1975 in Florida, USA.

The Temptations.

17. Nicholas Caldwell

Soundtrack | Diary of a Mad Black Woman

Nicholas Caldwell was born on April 5, 1944 in Loma Linda, California, USA. He was an actor, known for Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005), The Whispers: Imagination (1980) and The Whispers: A Song for Donny (1979). He was married to Alberta Caldwell. He died on January 5, 2016 in Stockton, ...

The Whispers.

18. Little Milton

Soundtrack | Deuces Wild

Little Milton was born on September 7, 1933 in Inverness, Mississippi, USA as James Milton Campbell. He was married to Lesterine Patricia Campbell. He died on August 4, 2005 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

19. Jimmy Castor

Soundtrack | Flashdance

Jimmy Castor was born on January 23, 1940 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA as James Walter Castor. He was married to Sandi. He died on January 16, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

20. Ray Charles

Soundtrack | Ray

A tragic fate may have given this visionary a heightened sensitivity, perception, awareness, even expansion to his obvious musical gifts that he may have never touched upon had he not suffered from his physical affliction. Whatever it was, Ray Charles revolutionized American music and was ...

21. Arlester Christian

Soundtrack | G.I. Joe: Retaliation

Arlester "Dyke" Christian was born in Buffalo, New York on June 13, 1943. In 1965 he sang and played bass guitar with the Blazers, the backing band for The O'Jays. The group was stranded in Phoenix, Arizona, when the O'Jays couldn't pay them. The group decided to continue to play music to raise ...

Dyke & the Blazers.

22. Otis Clay

Soundtrack | Joshua

Otis Clay was born on February 11, 1942 in Waxhaw, Mississippi, USA. He died on January 8, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

23. Jessica Cleaves

Actress | The Night Before

Jessica Cleaves was born on December 10, 1948 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She was an actress, known for The Night Before (1988) and Soul! (1968). She died on May 2, 2014 in Los Angeles.

Friends of Distinction. Earth, Wind and Fire. Parliament Funkadelic.

24. Natalie Cole

Soundtrack | Taxi

Growing up and living under the huge, daunting shadow of a singing icon can intimidate a son or daughter enough to want to look anywhere else to find their station in life. Those who dared to try to follow in their footsteps, such as Frank Sinatra Jr., found success branching out in other areas of ...

25. Sam Cooke

Soundtrack | Innerspace

Sam Cooke was born January 22, 1931 in Clarksdale, Mississippi. He was one of eight children of Charles Cook Sr., a Baptist minister. When Sam sang as a little boy in church, everyone made note that his voice had "something special". He sang in church and in local gospel choirs until a group called...

26. Bobby DeBarge

Self | Bandstand

Bobby DeBarge was born on March 5, 1956 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Robert Louis DeBarge Jr. He was married to Teri DeBarge. He died on August 16, 1995 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

27. Bernard Edwards

Soundtrack | Commando

Bernard Edwards was born on October 31, 1952 in Greenville, North Carolina, USA. He died on April 18, 1996 in Tokyo, Japan.

Chic.

28. Jimmy Ellis

Soundtrack | The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Ellis was born on November 15, 1937 in Rock Hill, South Carolina, USA as James Thomas Ellis. He died on March 8, 2012 in South Carolina.

The Trammps.

29. Bobby Farrell

Music_department | Deadly Spygames

Bobby Farrell was born on October 6, 1949 in Oranjestad, Aruba as Roberto Alphonso Farrell. He is known for his work on Deadly Spygames (1989), Boney M.: Sunny (1976) and Boney M.: Daddy Cool (Version 2) (1976). He was married to Jasmina. He died on December 30, 2010 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Boney M.

30. Anna Gordy Gaye

Soundtrack | The Negotiator

Anna Gordy Gaye was born on December 12, 1921 in Georgia, USA as Anna Ruby Gordy. She was married to Marvin Gaye. She died on January 31, 2014 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Songwriter, composer.

31. Marvin Gaye

Soundtrack | R.I.P.D.

Marvin Gaye was born on April 2, 1939 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Marvin Pentz Gay Jr. He was married to Jan Gaye and Anna Gordy Gaye. He died on April 1, 1984 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

32. Mic Gilette

Soundtrack | Everybody Says I'm Fine!

Mic Gilette was born on May 7, 1951 in Oakland, California, USA as Michael Kelley Gillette. He is known for his work on Everybody Says I'm Fine! (2001), Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore (2008) and Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore 2 (2008). He was married to Julia ...

Tower of Power.

The Moments. Ray, Goodman and Brown.

34. Dobie Gray

Soundtrack | Casino

Dobie Gray was born on July 26, 1940, to a family of sharecroppers in Simonton, Texas (some sources cite Brookshire, Texas, as Gray's place of birth, but he claimed on his official website that he hails from Simonton. Moreover, his birth name has been variously cited as either Lawrence Victor ...

I wanna get lost in your rock n roll and drift away.

35. R.B. Greaves

Soundtrack | The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

R.B. Greaves was born on November 28, 1943 in Georgetown, British Guiana as Ronald Bertram Aloysius Greaves. He was married to Maura Albertson, Sandra Golden and Claire Francis. He died on September 27, 2012 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Take a Letter Maria.

36. William Guest

Self | Bandstand

William Guest was born on June 2, 1941 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA as William Franklin Guest. He was an actor, known for American Bandstand (1952), The Andy Williams Show (1969) and Operation: Entertainment (1968). He died on December 24, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan, USA.

Gladys Knight & the Pips.

37. Damon Harris

Actor | Hawk Jones

Damon Harris is an actor, known for Hawk Jones (1986).

The Temptations.

38. Donny Hathaway

Soundtrack | Two Weeks Notice

Donny Hathaway was born on October 1, 1945 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He is known for his work on Two Weeks Notice (2002), The Intouchables (2011) and Malcolm X (1992). He was married to Eulaulah Hathaway. He died on January 13, 1979 in New York City, New York, USA.

39. Aaliyah

Soundtrack | Romeo Must Die

Talented. Beautiful. Modest. These three words described R&B singer-turned-actress Aaliyah perfectly.

Aaliyah Dana Haughton was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Diane (Hankerson) and Michael Haughton. Her uncle was music manager Barry Hankerson and her brother is director Rashad Haughton. Aaliyah was ...

40. Isaac Hayes

Actor | Escape from New York

Isaac Hayes was the second-born child of Isaac Sr. and Eula Hayes, but was raised by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Willie Wade Sr. The child of a poor family, he grew up picking cotton in Covington, Tennessee. He dropped out of high school, only to be encouraged later by his former high school ...

Shaft! Damn right.

41. Leon Haywood

Soundtrack | Date Night

Leon Haywood was born on February 11, 1942 in Houston, Texas, USA as Otha Leon Haywood. He died on April 5, 2016 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

I want'a do something freaky to you.

42. Eddie Hazel

Soundtrack | Lords of Dogtown

Eddie Hazel was born April 10, 1950 in Brooklyn, New York. He died December 23, 1992 in Plainfield, New Jersey. When he was eight years old, his older brother, Sonny, gave him a guitar for Christmas. Self-taught, by age twelve, he was winning guitar contests in Plainfield. Most of the guitarists ...

Parliament Funkadelic.

43. Bobby Hebb

Soundtrack | Hitch

Bobby Hebb was born on July 26, 1938 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. He died on August 3, 2010 in Nashville.

Sunny.

44. Teenie Hodges

Soundtrack | The Firm

Teenie Hodges was born on November 16, 1945 in Germantown, Tennessee, USA as Mabon Lewis Hodges. He died on June 22, 2014 in Dallas, Texas, USA.

Songwriter, guitarist.

45. Loleatta Holloway

Soundtrack | Killer Elite

Loleatta Holloway was born on November 5, 1946, to a musical family. At the tender age of five, she began performing gospel songs with her mother, a member of the church chorus. Obessesed with the music, she went on to study music and melody, and graduated from college with a degree in music.

...

46. Gladys Horton

Soundtrack | The Playboy Club

Gladys Horton was born on May 30, 1945 in Gainesville, Florida, USA as Gladys Catherine Horton. She was married to Sammy Coleman. She died on January 26, 2011 in Sherman Oaks, California, USA.

47. Marvin Isley

Soundtrack | Okja

Marvin Isley was born on August 18, 1953 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. He was married to Sheila Felton. He died on June 6, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

48. O'Kelly Isley

Soundtrack | Okja

O'Kelly Isley was born on December 25, 1937 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA as O'Kelly Isley Jr. He died on March 31, 1986 in Alpine, New Jersey, USA.

49. Pervis Jackson

Self | Soul Power

Pervis Jackson was previously married to Claudreen.

The Spinners.

50. Wayne Jackson

Soundtrack | Not Easily Broken

Wayne Jackson was born on November 24, 1941 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA as Wayne Lamar Jackson. He was married to Amy. He died on June 21, 2016 in Memphis.

The Memphis Horns.

51. Etta James

Soundtrack | Back to the Future

Etta James was born on January 25, 1938 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Jamesetta Hawkins. She was married to Artis Mills. She died on January 20, 2012 in Riverside, California.

52. Rick James

Soundtrack | Suicide Squad

Rick James was born on February 1, 1948 in Buffalo, New York, USA as James Ambrose Johnson Jr. He was married to Tanya Hijazi. He died on August 6, 2004 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Super Freak.

53. Louis Johnson

Soundtrack | Yes Man

Louis Johnson was born on April 13, 1955 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Louis E. Johnson. He was married to Valerie B. Riffe. He died on May 21, 2015 in Los Angeles.

The Brothers Johnson.

54. Uriel Jones

Music_department | Standing in the Shadows of Motown

Uriel Jones was born on June 13, 1934 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. He is known for his work on Standing in the Shadows of Motown (2002) and Soul Deep: The Story of Black Popular Music (2005). He was married to June. He died on March 24, 2009 in Dearborn, Michigan.

The Funk Brothers.

55. Marvin Junior

Soundtrack | Dinner Rush

Marvin Junior was born on January 31, 1936 in Harrell, Arkansas, USA. He was married to Ruby. He died on May 29, 2013 in Harvey, Illinois, USA.

The Dells.

56. Johnny Kemp

Soundtrack | Love & Basketball

He began singing in nightclubs in his hometown of Nassau, Bahamas, when he was only 13. He moved to Harlem in 1979, developing his other talents as a dancer, songwriter, and actor. "Just Got Paid" was a Top Ten hit in 1988; he subsequently did a tune for the soundtrack of the motion picture Sing (...

57. Ben E. King

Soundtrack | Stand by Me

Ben E. King was born on September 28, 1938 in Henderson, North Carolina, USA as Benjamin Earl Nelson. He was married to Betty Nelson. He died on April 30, 2015 in Hackensack, New Jersey, USA.

58. Gerald Levert

Soundtrack | Crank

Gerald Levert was born on July 13, 1966 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Gerald Edward Levert. He died on November 10, 2006 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.

59. Sean Levert

Actor | New Jack City

Sean Levert was born on September 28, 1968 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. He was an actor, known for New Jack City (1991), Dope Case Pending (2000) and I Love the 80's 3-D (2005). He died on March 30, 2008 in Cleveland.

60. Larrie Londin

Music_department | Elephant Parts

Larrie Londin was born on October 15, 1943 in Norfolk, Virginia, USA as Ralph Gallant. He is known for his work on Elephant Parts (1981) and Cinemax Sessions (1986). He died on August 24, 1992 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

Session drummer.

61. Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes

Soundtrack | Space Cowboys

Controversial, flamboyant, and spontaneous are probably the best words to describe Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes. Born in Philadelphia, and raised throughout the world as the daughter of a U.S. Army serviceman, Lisa Lopes became one of the most important trendsetters in the 1990s music scene. After ...

62. Andrew Love

Actor | A Family Thing

Andrew Love was born on November 21, 1941 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. He was an actor, known for A Family Thing (1996) and U2: Rattle and Hum (1988). He was married to Willie. He died on April 12, 2012 in Memphis.

The Memphis Horns.

63. Teena Marie

Soundtrack | Top Gun

Teena Marie was born on March 5, 1956 in Santa Monica, California, USA as Mary Christine Brockert. She died on December 26, 2010 in Pasadena, California.

65. Vanity

Actress | The Last Dragon

Vanity was a glamorous Canadian model and lead singer of the all-girl group "Vanity 6". She specialized in playing sultry female characters often in trouble with the law.

Vanity was born Denise Katrina Matthews in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, the daughter of Helga Senyk and James Levia Matthews. ...

66. Charmayne Maxwell

Self | Midnight Mac

Charmayne Maxwell was born on January 11, 1969 in Guyana. She was married to Carsten Shack. She died on February 27, 2015 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Brownstone.

67. Curtis Mayfield

Soundtrack | Armageddon

Rhythm and blues performer/songwriter credited with defining 1960's Chicago sound in hits like "It's All Right" and "Gypsy Woman." His style influenced other artists from pop to hip hop. Has been a quadriplegic ever since he was struck by lighting rig during outdoor concert in New York, 1990. ...

Superfly.

68. Van McCoy

Soundtrack | Baby Driver

Singer, songwriter and music producer Van Allen Clinton McCoy was born on January 6, 1940, in Washington, DC. He sang with the Metropolitan Baptist Church choir when he was a kid. At age 12 he began writing his own songs and performing in local amateur shows along with his older brother, Norman Jr....

The Hustle.

69. Gene McDaniels

Soundtrack | The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Eugene McDaniels is respected by his peers, including such legends as Roberta Flack, Chick Corea, Phyllis Hyman, Miles Davis, Quincy Jones, Gladys Knight, Cannonball Adderley, Nancy Wilson, Ron Carter, Aretha Franklin and B.B. King. McDaniels has written for, and with, most of his peers. He has ...

70. Gene McFadden

Soundtrack | Carlito's Way

Gene McFadden was born on July 2, 1948 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He was married to Barbara McFadden. He died on January 27, 2006 in Philadelphia.

McFadden and Whitehead.

71. Barbara McNair

Actress | If He Hollers, Let Him Go!

Popular African-American vocalist and entertainer Barbara McNair dazzled audiences with her singing prowess and exceptional beauty for well over four decades until her death on February 4, 2007 of throat cancer in Los Angeles. The Chicago-born entertainer and one-time secretary was raised in Racine...

72. Ralph Middlebrooks

Soundtrack | Reindeer Games

Member of the funk band Ohio Players.

The Ohio Players.

73. Cordell Mosson

Soundtrack | Coffee and Cigarettes

Cordell Mosson was born on October 16, 1952 in Plainfield, New Jersey, USA as Cardell Mosson. He died on April 18, 2013 in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

74. Johnny Otis

Soundtrack | Back to the Future

Johnny Otis was involved in virtually every aspect of the music business: he was a singer, musician, composer, producer, record company owner, arranger and talent scout, among others. He helped to shape the R&B genre starting in the late 1940s and stayed involved in it for over 30 years.

Otis was ...

Willie and the Hand Jive.

75. King Curtis

Soundtrack | Rush Hour 2

King Curtis was born on February 7, 1934 in Fort Worth, Texas, USA as Curtis Ousley. He was married to Ethelyn. He died on August 13, 1971 in New York City, New York, USA.

Session musician.

76. Edward Patten

Self | Bandstand

Edward Patten was born on August 2, 1939 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. He was an actor, known for American Bandstand (1952), The Andy Williams Show (1969) and Operation: Entertainment (1968). He was married to Renee Ivory Patten. He died on February 25, 2005 in Detroit, Michigan, USA.

Gladys Knight & The Pips.

77. Billy Paul

Soundtrack | Beautiful Girls

Billy Paul was born on December 1, 1934 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Paul Williams. He was married to Blanche. He died on April 24, 2016 in Blackwood, New Jersey, USA.

78. Teddy Pendergrass

Soundtrack | The Nutty Professor

Teddy Pendergrass was born on March 26, 1950 in Kingstree, South Carolina, USA as Theodore DeReese Pendergrass. He was married to Joan Pendergrass and Karen Still. He died on January 13, 2010 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA.

79. Wilson Pickett

Soundtrack | The Commitments

Wilson Pickett was born on March 18, 1941 in Prattville, Alabama, USA. He was married to Bonnie Covington. He died on January 19, 2006 in Reston, Virginia, USA.

Guess you better slow your Mustang down.

80. Bill Pinkney

Self | The Daniel O'Donnell Show

Bill Pinkney was born on August 15, 1925 in Dalzell, South Carolina, USA. He died on July 4, 2007 in Daytona Beach, Florida, USA.

The Drifters.

81. Fayette Pinkney

Actress | Sanford and Son

Fayette Pinkney was born on January 10, 1948 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. She was an actress, known for Sanford and Son (1972), Musik aus Studio B (1961) and Top of the Pops (1964). She died on June 27, 2009 in Lansdale, Pennsylvania.

Three Degrees.

82. June Pointer

Soundtrack | The Nutty Professor

June Antoinette Pointer was born on November 30, 1953 in Oakland, California to Reverend Elton Pointer and his wife Sarah. She was the youngest member of the hugely popular and successful soul/R&B group The Pointer Sisters. June attended Edison Elementary School, Elmhurst Junior High, and ...

83. Maxine Powell

Actress | Reunion

Maxine Powell was born on May 30, 1915 in Texarkana, Texas, USA as Maxine Blair. She was an actress, known for Reunion (2010), E! Mysteries & Scandals (1998) and Legends (2006). She died on October 14, 2013 in Southfield, Michigan, USA.

Miss Manners of Motown.

84. Billy Preston

Actor | Blues Brothers 2000

Billy Preston was born on September 9, 1946 in Houston, Texas, USA as William Everett Preston. He died on June 6, 2006 in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA.

Will it go round in circles?

85. Lou Rawls

Soundtrack | Payback

Rawls was born on 1st December 1933 in Chicago, Illinois. His father abandoned his family and Lou was raised by his grandmother. His first meeting with music was when he was seven years old, in a Baptist church choir. He was mostly influenced by the Chicago Regal theatre where he had the ...

You'll never find another love like mine.

86. Eugene Record

Soundtrack | Get Carter

Eugene Record was born on December 23, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He was married to Jackie Record and Barbara Acklin. He died on July 22, 2005 in Chicago.

The Chi-Lites.

87. Otis Redding

Soundtrack | Top Gun

Otis Redding was born on September 9, 1941 in Dawson, Georgia, USA as Otis Ray Redding Jr. He was married to Zelma Atwood. He died on December 10, 1967 in Madison, Wisconsin, USA.

88. Clarence Reid

Soundtrack | The Midnight Meat Train

Singer, songwriter, and music producer Clarence Henry Reid began his career in the music industry doing acceptable and respectable mainstream commercial R&B fare in the 1960's and 1970's, but it was his outrageously raunchy and profane alter ego of no-holds-barred parodist Blowfly whereby Reid made...

Blowfly.

89. Izora Rhodes-Armstead

Actress | The Weather Girls: Well-A-Wiggy

Izora Rhodes-Armstead is an American singer-songwriter. The duo, consisting of singers Izora Armstead and Martha Wash, originally served as Sylvester's backup singers. Later changing their name to The Two Tons and finally The Weather Girls, the duo reached their peak in popularity in 1982 with the ...

The Weather Girls.

90. Mack Rice

Soundtrack | The Box

Mack Rice was born on November 10, 1933 in Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA as Bonnie Rice. He was married to Laura. He died on June 27, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan, USA.

Singer-songwriter.

91. Deke Richards

Soundtrack | Guardians of the Galaxy

Deke Richards was born on April 8, 1944 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Dennis Lussier. He died on March 24, 2013 in Bellingham, Washington, USA.

Songwriter, producer.

92. Cynthia Robinson

Self | On the Sly: In Search of the Family Stone

Cynthia Robinson was born on January 12, 1944 in Sacramento, California, USA. She died on November 23, 2015 in Carmichael, California.

Sly and the Family Stone.

93. Vicki Sue Robinson

Soundtrack | The Martian

Beautiful, vibrant, and talented actress and singer Vicki Sue Robinson was born on May 31, 1954 in Harlem, New York City and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was the daughter of white folk singer Jolly Robinson and black Shakespearean actor Bill Robinson. (Robinson was actually part white,...

Turn the Beat Around.

94. Bobby Rogers

Soundtrack | Black Rain

Bobby Rogers was born on February 19, 1940 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Robert Rogers. He was married to Joan Hughes and Wanda Rogers. He died on March 3, 2013 in Southfield, Michigan.

The Miracles.

95. Alan Rubin

Actor | The Blues Brothers

Alan Rubin was born on February 11, 1943 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. He is known for his work on The Blues Brothers (1980), Blues Brothers 2000 (1998) and Nightlife (1986). He was married to Mary Moreno Rubin. He died on June 8, 2011 in Manhattan, New York City.

The Saturday Night Live Band. The Blues Brothers.

96. David Ruffin

Soundtrack | The Addiction

The man most of us know by his unmistakable, calming yet disturbed raspy voice was born Davis Eli Ruffin on January 18, 1941, in Whynot, Mississippi. His father, Eli Ruffin, was a Baptist minister. Only months after his birth his mother Ophelia Ruffin died, and his father later remarried, to a ...

The Temptations.

97. Jimmy Ruffin

Soundtrack | Breakfast on Pluto

Jimmy Ruffin was born on May 7, 1936 in Collinsville, Mississippi, USA as Jimmy Lee Ruffin. He died on November 17, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

What Becomes of the Broken Hearted.

98. Clarence Satchell

Soundtrack | Romeo Must Die

Guitarist / saxophonist / songwriter ("Love Rollercoaster") for Ohio Players.

The Ohio Players.

99. Gil Scott-Heron

Soundtrack | State of Play

Gil Scott-Heron was born on April 1, 1949 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He was married to Brenda Sykes. He died on May 27, 2011 in New York, New York, USA.

100. Percy Sledge

Soundtrack | Adventures in Babysitting

Alabama-born Percy Sledge had a somewhat unusual introduction to the music business. Working as an orderly in a local hospital, he was touring with a local band called the Esquires Combo on weekends and working at the hospital during the week. A former patient at the hospital who knew both Sledge ...



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