Marvin Gaye - One of the most gifted, visionary, and enduring talents ever launched into orbit by the Motown hit machine, Marvin Gaye blazed the trail for the continued evolution of popular black music. Moving from lean, powerful R & B, to stylish, sophisticated soul, to finally arrive at an intensely political and personal form of artistic self-expression, his work not only redefined soul music as a creative force but also expanded its impact as an agent for social change.
The O'Jays The O'Jays were one of the most popular black vocal groups of the '70s, when they were in effect the voice of producers Gamble and Huff. They had eight #1 RB singles from 1972 to 1978, including “Back Stabbers
Gladys Knight & The Pips were an R/soul family musical act from Atlanta, Georgia, active from 1953 to 1989. The group was best known for their string of hit singles on Motown's "Soul" record label and Buddah Records from 1967 to 1975, including "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" and "Midnight Train to Georgia" ."Neither One of Us(Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye","The Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me"
Philly Soul was one of the most popular forms of soul music in the early 1970s. Building on the steady groove of Hi Records and Stax/Volt singles, Philly soul added sweeping strings, seductive horns, and lush arrangements to the deep rhythms. As a result, it was much smoother and slicker than the deep soul of the late 1960s, but the vocals remained as soulful as any previous form of R&B. Philly Soul was primary a producer's medium, as Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff created its instrumental…