Soul Music

A merger of gospel-charged singing, secular subject matter, and funk rhythms, soul grew out of Fifties rhythm & blues, spurred by Ray Charles' electic, decidedly secular late-Fifties hits.
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The Soul Music Map        
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Soul Music Map courtesy of Urban Sounds

The Record Companies

blueredball.gif (900 bytes) Fame Studios

blueredball.gif (900 bytes) Motown Records

blueredball.gif (900 bytes) Stax/Volt Records

The Motown Artists

The Contours

The Four Tops Marvin Gaye
The Marvelettes The Supremes The Temptations
The Vandellas Mary Wells Stevie Wonder

Smokey Robinson and the Miracles

Junior Walker and the All-Stars

Where Are They Now

Writer-Producers: Holland-Dozier-Holland
The Musicians behind the Motown sound the "Funk Brothers."

The Stax/Volt Artists

Booker T. & The MGs Eddie Floyd The Mar-Keys
Wilson Pickett Otis Redding Sam and Dave
Carla and Rufus Thomas

Other Artists

blueredball.gif (900 bytes)James Brown

blueredball.gif (900 bytes)Ray Charles

blueredball.gif (900 bytes)Sam Cooke

blueredball.gif (900 bytes)Jackie Wilson