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posted by: Alley Gator
05/04/12 2:11 pm
OUR FAVORITE MALE R&B VOCALISTS - THE GREAT SOUL MEN
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Who are your top 5 or 10 favorite Soul Men? Here's a long list of contenders in rough chronological order. Please add any I missed.
Most of the artists with groups in parentheses also recorded as soloists before and/or after their tenure with the group.

Clyde McPhatter (Drifters)
Ray Charles
Tony Williams (Platters)
Little Richard
Little Willie John
James Brown
Bobby "Blue" Bland
Sam Cooke
Jackie Wilson
Jerry Butler
Ben E. King (Drifters)
Smokey Robinson (Miracles)
Curtis Mayfield (Impressions)
Solomon Burke
Marvin Gaye
Otis Redding
Stevie Wonder
David Ruffin (Temptations)
Levi Stubbs (Four Tops)
Van Morrison
Wilson Pickett
Sam Moore (Sam & Dave)
Aaron Neville
Sly Stone
Michael Jackson
Al Green
Donny Hathaway
Teddy Pendergrass (Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes)
Bob Marley
Toots Hibbert
Prince
Luther Vandross
R. Kelly

My top three are Ray Charles, James Brown, and Otis Redding. Next come Sam Cooke, Smokey Robinson, and Marvin Gaye. These are tops in my book. I also have a special place in my heart for Bob Marley, Stevie Wonder, Clyde McPhatter, and Prince.
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