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Monday, 20 June 2011

Soul and Funk for Rock Fans

The following is a revised list of soul and funk artists that I compiled a couple of years ago for another forum, which the open-minded progressive rock fan might like:

  • Bee Gees (Faith No More covered I Started the Joke)
  • Maggie Bell and Stone the Crowes (those who say erroneously there aren’t many women rock singers, because they don’t have the power in their voice, can eat their words)
  • Booker T and the MGs (Jeff Beck was a fan)
  • James Brown (influenced Ian Gillan)

  • Cameo
  • The Chi-lites
  • Commodores
  • Crusaders (jazz rock)

  • Detroit Spinners
  • Doobie Brothers (rock and soul fusion)

  • Earth, Wind and Fire

  • Chris Farlowe (formed a group with Albert Lee and Carl Palmer in 1967 and later joined Atomic Rooster)
  • Fifth Dimension (progressive soul)
  • Roberta Flack
  • The Four Tops
  • Funkadelic and Parliament (worked with Warren Zevon)

  • Marvin Gaye (What’s Going On album is political, orchestrated and conceptual)
  • Graham Central Station
  • Al Green

  • Hall and Oates (worked with Todd Rundgren)
  • Isaac Hayes (Theme from Shaft) 
  • Jimi Hendrix (Band of Gypsies were slightly funkier than the Experience)
  • Glenn Hughes (almost single-handedly introduced funk and soul to heavy rock)
  • Humble Pie (covered I Can’t Stand the Rain made famous by Ann Peebles)
  • The Isley Brothers (wrote Twist and Shout and metamorphosed into the Jimi Hendrix-style The Ladder)

  • Michael Jackson

  • Chaka Khan and Rufus
  • Gladys Knight and the Pips

  • Labelle

  • Curtis Mayfield
  • Meters

  • Osibisa (early material sounds like Santana)

  • The Philadelphia International All Stars
  • Billy Preston (famously worked with the Beatles in Germany and on Let It Be)

  • Lou Rawls
  • Otis Redding (you can hear him in Frankie Miller)
  • Todd Rundgren (mainly progressive but difficult to pigeon-hole)

  • David Sanctious and Tone (keyboard player whose album was produced by Eddie Offord)

  • The Temptations (psychedelic soul)
  • McCoy Tyner (jazz rock)

  • Stevie Winwood and Traffic (on the progressive Arc of a Diver, Stevie has a soulful voice)
  • Bill Withers
  • Stevie Wonder (among other things, an influential and experimental keyboard player)
  • Bobby Womack

Originally posted on Monday 20th June 2011

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