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The Controllers

Alabama spirit belters the Controllers began as the Epics in 1965. They truly became the Spirit Controllers in 1970, and lastly the Controllers. Reginald and Larry McArthur, Lenard Dark brown, and Ricky Lewis shaped the lineup, and had been specifically effective on heartache ballads, though in addition they did skilled …

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Big John Hamilton

An excellent Southern spirit singer, Florida’s Big John Hamilton had a tone of voice to complement his name and practically defines the idea of obscurity. Hamilton trim eight single 45s and a handful of duets with Doris Allen (including a fascinating version of Pal Mls’ “Them Adjustments”) for Florida’s Minaret …

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Swamp Dogg

Raunchy, satirical, politics, and profane, Swamp Dogg is among the great cult numbers of 20th hundred years American music. The creation of Jerry Williams, Jr., an R&B manufacturer and songwriter from the ’60s, Swamp Dogg suit simply no tidy category. In sheer musical conditions, Swamp Dogg is certainly pure Southern …

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Steve Cropper

Most likely the best-known soul guitarist on earth, Steve Cropper found prominence in the first ’60s, first using the Mar-Keys (“YESTERDAY EVENING”), then being a founding person in Booker T. & the MG’s. A significant amount in the Southern spirit movement from the ’60s, Cropper produced his mark not merely …

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Taylor Hicks

Along with his raspy, soulful voice and salt-and-pepper hair, Taylor Hicks was among the unlikeliest contestants to get to the ultimate round of American Idol, but his quirky charm and rousing delivery of songs like “Takin’ It towards the Streets” earned Hicks a devoted legion of fans called the Soul …

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Wilson Pickett

Of the main ’60s soul stars, Wilson Pickett was among the roughest and sweatiest, functioning up a number of the decade’s hottest dancefloor grooves on hits like “Within the Midnight Hour,” “Land of 1000 Dances,” “Mustang Sally,” and “Funky Broadway.” Although he is commonly held in relatively lower esteem than …

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Gwen McCrae

Best remembered on her behalf number 1 R&B hit “Rockin’ Seat” from 1975, Gwen McCrae was a gutsy Southern spirit diva with a specific affinity for dance songs. Alongside her spouse George (“Rock and roll YOUR CHILD”), Gwen was area of the Miami-based T.K. Information steady, which laid significant amounts …

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George Davis

A songwriter, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist, New Orleans local George Davis was an associate from the Hawketts, who recorded the common Crescent Town hit “Mardi Gras Mambo” for the Chess label. Additionally, he performed on numerous periods, including the types that birthed Willie Tee’s “Teasin’ You” and Lee Dorsey’s edition of …

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Charles Wilson

Charles Wilson grew up in Chicago, and started performing early; as an adolescent he sang in Chicago region nightclubs but was as well young to truly have a beverage. Despite having R&B/blues vocalist Small Milton (“We’re Gonna ENSURE IT IS”) for an uncle, his “big break” didn’t arrive until he …

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Tommie Young

Deep spirit diva Tommie Youthful was created and raised in Dallas. While executing at an area nightclub in 1972, she was uncovered by Bobby Patterson, a Shreveport, Louisiana-based performer and manufacturer who, with fellow composer Jerry Strickland, controlled the fledgling Spirit Power label. Patterson agreed upon Young virtually at that …

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