ORLONS - R&B group from Philadelphia had 5 hits of note in the early 60's "The Wah Watusi" "Don't Hang Up" "South Street" "Not Me" and "Cross Fire!"
   PAT'S FAVORITE SONG - "The Wah Watusi"
- George Clinton formed the Parliaments in 1955. By 1968 the group evolved into the Funkadelic. The Parliaments hits were "(I Wanna) Testify" and "All Your Goodies Are Gone" The Funkadelic's hits were "Good Old Music" "I'll Bet You" "I Got A Thing, You Got A Thing.." "You & Your Folks, Me & My Folks" and "Can You Get To That"
PEACHES & HERB - R&B duo from Washington D.C. had a string of hits in the 60's. Most notable were "Let's Fall In Love" "Close Your Eyes" "For Your Love" "Love Is Strange" and "United"
WILSON PICKETT - Popular singer born in Alabama. His gritty soul voice was an inspiration to many artists. His numerous hits include "In The Midnight Hour" "634-5789 (Soulsville USA)" "Land Of 1,000 Dances" "Mustang Sally" "Everybody Needs Sombody to Love" "I Found A Love" "Funky Broadway" "Stag-O-Lee" "She's Lookin' Good" "I'm A Midnight Mover" and "I Found A True Love".
PAT'S FAVORITE SONG - "Mustang Sally"
PLATTERS - One of the most popular R&B vocal groups of the 50's, the group was from L.A. They had many big hits in the 50's such as "Only You (And You Alone)" "The Great Pretender" "(You've Got) The Magic Touch" "My Prayer" "You'll Never Never Know" "I'm Sorry" "Twilight Time" "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" and "Enchanted". The 60's brought us "Harbor Lights" and "With This Ring". They had over 40 charted songs.
PAT'S FAVORITE SONG - "The Great Pretender"
LOU RAWLS - The 'Hawk' was from Chicago and had the deep smooth voice. His first hit was in 1966 "Love Is A Hurtin' Thing" In 1967 came my favorite "Dead End Street". "You're Good Thing Is About To End" was another song we heard on the radio by him in the 60's. He would continue his success into the 70's.
PAT'S FAVORITE SONG - "Dead End Street"
OTIS REDDING - Popular soul singer/composer/producer/pianist was from Georgia. Had 30 charted songs in the 60's, was very big on the R&B charts. His biggest hit "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay" was released after the plane crash that took his life in 1967, which he recorded 3 days before. He wrote the classic song "Respect" which Aretha Franklin made into a huge hit and The Rationals had a big hit with the song in the Detroit area. Other songs by him were "Mr. Pitiful" "Tramp" "Knock On Wood" (both these songs with Carla Thomas) "Try A Little Tenderness" "Fa-Fa-Fa Fa Fa (Sad Song)"  and "I've Been Lovin' You Too Long"
PAT'S FAVORITE SONG - "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay"
RONETTES - R&B vocal trio from New York City. They had 5 good songs under the producer Phil Spector. They were "Be My Baby" "Baby, I Love You" "(The Best Part Of) Breakin' Up" "Do I Love You" and "Walking In The Rain" Veronica was married to Phil Spector for 6 years.
Duo formed in Miami in 1961. They had 13 charted songs in the 60's, most notable were "Hold On" I'm A Comin' " and "Soul Man" .
PAT'S FAVORITE SONG - "Hold On! I'm A Comin' "
DEE DEE SHARP -She was from Philadelphia and had a string of big hits in the early 60's. "Slow Twistin' " "Mashed Potato Time" "Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes)" "Ride!" and "Do The Bird" were all dance craze songs.
  PAT'S FAVORITE SONG - "Mashed Potato Time"
SHIRELLES - R&B vocal group from New Jersey featuring lead singer Shirley Alston. Their hits were "Tonight's The Night" "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" "Dedicated To The One I Love" "Mama Said" "Baby It's You" "Soldier Boy" "Everybody Loves A Lover" and "Foolish Little Girl". Some mid charted songs by them include "I Met Him On A Sunday (Ronde-Ronde)" "A Thing Of The Past" "Big John" "Welcome Home Baby" "Stop The Music" and "Don't Say Goodnight And Mean Goodbye"
   PAT'S FAVORITE SONG - "Soldier Boy"
JOE SIMON - R&B singer from Louisiana had 13 charted songs in the 60's and many more in the 70's. His biggest hit was "The Chokin' Kind" in 1969
SLY & FAMILY STONE - Interracial 'Psychedelic soul' group from San Francisco. They had 7 very popular songs in the 60's and continued on in the 70's with many more. The songs were "Dance To The Music" "M'Lady" "Everyday People" "Stand!" "I Want To Take You Higher" "Sing A Simple Song" and "Hot Fun In The Summertime"
PAT'S FAVORITE SONG - "Dance To The Music"
EDWIN STARR - R&B singer from Nashville, raised in Cleveland. He had 3 songs of note in the 60's we heard. They were "Agent Double-O-Soul" "Stop Her On Sight (S.O.S.)" and "Twenty-Five Miles". His biggest hit would come in 1970 with "War".
PAT'S FAVORITE SONG - "Twenty-Five Miles"
SUPREMES - R&B vocal trio from Detroit that helped spearhead the 'Motown Sound' explosion in 1964. Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard were the original members. "When The Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes" was a minor hit for them in late 1963, but exploded in 1964 with mega hits "Where Did Our Love Go" "Baby Love" and "Come See About Me". It continued on with "Stop! In The Name Of Love" "Back In My Arms Again" "Nothing But Heartaches" "I Hear A Symphony" "My World Is Empty Without You" "Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart" "You Can't Hurry Love" "You Keep Me Hangin' On" "Love Is Here And Now You're Gone" "The Happening" "Reflections" "In And Out Of Love" "Love Child" "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" (with the Tempatations) "I'm Livin' In Shame" and their finale with Diana Ross, "Someday, We'll Be Together". Diana Ross went on to a successful solo career in the 70's and 80's. The Supremes would have several more hits in the 70's with Jean Terrell.
  PAT'S FAVORITE SONG - "Where Did Our Love Go"
TEMPTATIONS - R&B group from Detroit featured Eddie Kendricks, Otis Williams, David Ruffin, Paul Williams and Melvin Franklin. Group would go through numerous personnel changes through their career. Their first hit was in 1964 the year that Motown exploded on the scene with "The Way You Do The Things You Do". "I'll Be In Trouble" "Girl (Why You Wanna Make Me Blue)" "My Girl" "It's Growing" "Since I Lost My Baby" "My Baby" "Get Ready" "Ain't Too Proud To Beg" "Beauty Is Only Skin Deep" "(I Know) I'm Losing You" "All I Need" "You're My Everything" "It's You That I Need" "I Wish It Would Rain" "I Could Never Love Another" "Cloud Nine" "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" (with the Supremes) "Run Away Child, Running Wild" and "I Can't Get Next To You" were their biggest hits in the 60's. They continue their success into the 70's with many huge hits.
TAMMI TERRELL - R&B singer was from Philadelphia. Had a few songs chart on her own, but all her hits were part of a duo with Marvin Gaye. "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" "Your Precious Love" "If I Could Build My Whole World Around You" "Ain't Nothin' Like The Real Thing" "You're All I Need To Get By" and "Keep On Lovin' Me Honey". She died of a brain tumor in 1970
  PAT'S FAVORITE SONG - "You're All I Need To Get By"
- R&B singer from Texas had over 20 charted songs in the 60's. His most popular were "Hold What You've Got" and "Skinny Legs And All". Mid charted songs included "I Want To (Do Everything For You)" "A Sweet Woman Like You" and "S.Y.S.L.J.F.M. (The Letter Song)". He would have 2 big hits in the 70's.
PAT'S FAVORITE SONG - "Skinny Legs And All"
CARLA THOMAS - R&B singer from Memphis, daughter of Rufus Thomas. Her charted songs include "Gee Whiz" (Look At His Eyes)" "B-A-B-Y". Both "Tramp" and "Knock On Wood" were duets with Otis Redding.
RUFUS THOMAS - R&B singer born in Mississippi, raised in Memphis, father of Carla Thomas, had a few hits "The Dog" "Walking The Dog" "Can Your Monkey Do The Dog". Had a few more hits in the early 70's
JR. WALKER & ALL STARS - R&B group from Indiana featured the great saxophone style of Jr. Walker. The biggest hits were "Shotgun" "(I'm A) Road Runner" "How Sweet It Is" and "What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)" Other mid charted songs were "Pucker Up Buttercup" "These Eyes" "Do The Boomerang" "Shoot Your Shot" "Come See About Me" and "Hip City-Pt.2"
   PAT'S FAVORITE SONG - "What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)"
DIONNE WARWICK - R&B singer from New Jersey was the voice of many of the songs composed by Bert Bacharach & Hal David. Her many 60's hits include "Don't Make Me Over" "Anyone Who Had A Heart" "Walk On By" "You'll Never Get To Heaven (If You Break My Heart)" "Reach Out For Me" "Are You There" "Message To Michael" "Trains And Boats And Planes" "I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself" "Alfie" "(Theme From) Valley Of The Dolls" "I Say A Little Prayer" "Do You Know The Way To San Jose" "Promises, Promises" and "This Girl's In Love With You". Had many more mid charted songs. Would have more hits in the 70's and 80's.
   PAT'S FAVORITE SONG - There are 2.."Walk On By" and "Do You Know The Way To San Jose"
MARY WELLS - Another great R&B singer from Detroit.  Her early 60's hits were "Bye Bye Baby" "I Don't Want To Take A Chance" "The One Who Really Loves You" "You Beat Me To The Punch" "Two Lovers" "Laughing Boy" "You Lost The Sweetest Boy" and "What's Easy For Two Is So Hard For One". Her biggest hit was in 1964, "My Guy" which was written and produced by Smokey Robinson. She also had a double sided duet hit with Marvin Gaye "What's The Matter With You Baby"/"Once Upon A Time".
JACKIE WILSON - R&B singer from Detroit had over 50 charted songs from the late 50's thru the early 70's. His biggest hits were "To Be Loved" "Lonely Teardrops" "That's Why (I Love You So)" "I'll Be Satisfied" "Night" "Doggin' Around" "(You Were Made For) All My Love" "A Woman, A Lover, A Friend" "Alone At Last" "My Empty Arms" "Please Tell Me Why" "I'm Comin' On Back To You" "Baby Workout" "Whispers (Gettin' Louder)" and "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher"
   PAT'S FAVORITE SONG - "Lonely Teardrops"
STEVIE WONDER - R&B singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/producer was born in Saginaw, Michigan and was blind since birth. Berry Gordy, Jr. named him Little Stevie Wonder. His first hit was in 1963 "Fingertips-Pt.2". His other hits were "Uptight (Everything's Alright)" "Blowin' In The Wind" "A Place In The Sun" "I Was Made To Love Her" "I'm Wondering" "Shoo-Be Doo-Be-Doo Da-Day" "For Once In My Life" "My Cherie Amour" and "Yester Me-Yester You-Yesterday". Had many other mid charted songs in the 60's. In the 70's he would go from star to superstar with some incredible music.
   PAT'S FAVORITE SONG - "My Cherie Amour"