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70s R&B

The best bands, singers, artists, albums and hit songs of 70s soul and R&B, the history and classic singles, too!

Bobby Womack: In the Spotlight
Bobby Womack was already the gold standard of soul guitarists and songwriters in the Sixties, but his solo career made him an ever bigger force to be reckoned with, anchored by urban contemporary hits like "Woman's Gotta Have It," "Looking for a Love," and "Across 110th Street." This portrait of Bobby Womack, including history, songs, chart hits, and trivia, is one of several bios on the most popular artists of rock's first generation, written and compiled by your Oldies Guide at About.com.

In the Spotlight: Bill Withers
The story of Bill Withers, the funky soul man of the early '70s responsible for deeply emotional blues and gospel-tinged hits like "Lean On Me," "Ain't No Sunshine," "Use Me," and "Lovely Day." This profile, featuring the music and biography of Bill Withers, is the latest in a series of articles on the most influential artists of the '50s, '60s,...

Al Green
A history of Al Green, the master of seductive yet romantic soul who ruled the charts in the Seventies with songs such as "Let's Stay Together," "Here I Am (Come And Take Me)," and "Love and Happiness." This Al Green profile is one of a series on music's most important artists of the rock and roll oldies era, written and compiled by your oldies Guide here at About.com.

Barry White
A history of Barry White, R&B's greatest seducer who was a major presence in the Seventies with hits like "Can't Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe" and "Never Never Gonna Give You Up." This Barry White profile is one of a series on pop music's most important artists of the 50s, 60s, and 70s, written and compiled by your oldies Guide here at About.com.

Billy Preston
A profile of Billy Preston, the "Fifth Beatle" who performed with the group near the end of their career and went on to have hits such as "Nothing From Nothing." This Billy Preston profile is one of a series on music's most important artists of the rock and roll oldies era, written and compiled by your oldies Guide here at About.com.

Earth, Wind & Fire
The story of Earth, Wind & Fire, the huge collective that helped bring black spirituality and a higher awareness into the '70s R&B mainstream with classic hits like "Shining Star," "September," and "That's The Way of the World." Written and compiled by your Oldies guide from About.com.

Gladys Knight and the Pips
A profile of Gladys Knight and the Pips, Motown's unfortunate "second stringers" who graduated to the most popular soul act of the Seventies with hits like "Midnight Train to Georgia." This Gladys Knight and the Pips profile is one of a series on music's most popular artists of the rock and roll oldies era, written and compiled by your oldies Guide here at About.com.

Issac Hayes
All about the Black Moses of Soul, from his "Shaft" days right up through his stint as "Chef" on South Park.

Staple Singers
The Staple Singers were merely the nation's greatest gospel family until Stax remodeled them as a soul powerhouse, resulting in era-defining hits like "I'll Take You There," "Respect Yourself," and "Let's Do It Again." This Staple Singers profile is the latest in a series on music's most popular artists of the rock and roll oldies era, written and compiled by your oldies Guide here at About.com.

War
War, the Latin-funk bar band that originally backed the Animals' Eric Burdon on "Spill The Wine," became lowrider heroes on their own with smashes like "Low Rider," "Cisco Kid," and "Why Can't We Be Friends?" This War profile is the latest in a series on music's most popular artists of the rock and roll oldies era, written and compiled by your oldies Guide here at About.com.

What is Rare Groove?
A basic guide to the "rare groove" phenomenon, its best and most popular artists, bands, singers, and songs, and a history of how the style fits into other areas of popular music. From the Oldies music guide at About.com.

What is Funk music?
A basic guide to Funk music, its best and most popular artists, bands, singers, and songs, and a history of how the style fits into other areas of pop and rock music. From the Oldies music guide at About.com.

In the Spotlight: The Chi-Lites
The story of The Chi-Lites, Chicago's answer to Philly and Memphis Soul who graced the charts in the early 70s with smooth, anguished classics like "Oh Girl" and "Have You Seen Her." This profile is the latest in a series on music's most popular artists of the oldies era, written and compiled by your oldies Guide here at About.com.

In the Spotlight: The Meters
The Meters are the first family of New Orleans funk, having more or less developed the style as Allen Toussaint's session musicians in the '60s, then moving on to their own classics like "Cissy Strut" and "Hey Pocky Way."

Mavis Staples, "One True Vine": Album Review
All about "One True Vine," the second new album produced by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy for former Staples Singers lead Mavis Staples. A review from your Oldies Guide at About.com.

The Ohio Players: In the Spotlight
The Ohio Players were among the top funk acts of the 1970s, responsible for big (and sometimes controversial!) hits like "Fire," "Love Rollercoaster," "Skin Tight," and "Funky Worm." This profile of The Ohio Players, including history, songs, chart hits, and trivia, is one of several bios on the most popular artists of rock's first generation, written and compiled by your Oldies Guide at About.com.

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