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.
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"
Otis Ray Redding, Jr. (September 9, 1941 – December 10, 1967) was an American soul singer-songwriter, record producer, arranger, and talent scout. He is considered one of the major figures in soul music and rhythm and blues (R), and one of the greatest singers in popular music. His open-throated singing was an influence on other soul singers of the 1960s, and he helped to craft the lean and powerful style of R that formed the basis of the Stax Sound. After appearing at the 1967 Monterey Pop
"Back in the mid 60s I was a Mod, and being a big Soul music fan, was a regular at the Twisted Wheel Club All-Nighters in Manchester." Mod outside the Twisted Wheel, Manchester, United Kingdom, 1967, photograph by Paul Stanley.