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tsull (tsull)
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My choices:

1. Levi Stubbs -- Always was my favorite, the voice, class, stage presence. Hard to top that.

2. Philippe Wynne -- Should stayed with the group, great singer, ad-lib guy.

3. Eddie Kendricks -- A slight nod over Ruffin because "Just My Imagination" is my favorite song.

4. David Ruffin -- The power, the emotion, tremendous.

(tie) 5-6. Eddie Levert/Walter Williams -- I'm a huge O'Jays fan and I find both singers to be equally incredible.

7. Russell Thompkins Jr. -- Simply fabulous, he WAS The Stylistics, in my opinion. Distinct voice.

8. Smokey Robinson -- I'd say as a solo artist he's up there as one of the best ever.

9. Teddy Pendergrass -- The Blue Notes took a big leap when they put him in front of the mic.

10. Gladys Knight -- She edges out Diana Ross here for me. I like her earlier Motown stuff the best. Her version of "Grapevine" is tops!
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ladyvanaye (ladyvanaye)
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All of the above adding:

Maurice White - EWF

Curtis Mayfield

and FREE RON ISLEY!!!!!!!
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Soulful Detriot (mike_nyc)
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Dennis Edwards...Took the Tempts to another level great singer.
Eddie Kendrick...To me the best first tenor/falsetto of all time. Made the Tempts backgrounds up and made them sound special. Rare for a LEAD singer.
Paul Williams....Very soulful singer Nobody sang "For Once In My Life" any better. Could take any song and make it his.Left us way too soon.
David Ruffin...Total package vast range the best singer at Motown bar none ! Only problem is people can't separate his singing ability from his personal life.Like he was the only one to have problems in his life. Nobody could ever outsing him or out perform him.
Gladys Knight....Took the youngsters to school a few years ago on the BET awards. To me the greatest female singer around.Also has the ability to take anyone's song and make it her own !
Levi Stubbs....Had a style unlike no other.
Gerald Alston...Makes you dance to a love song.
Smokey Robinson...my second favorite tenor/falsetto.
Ted Mills....he was Blue Magic
Russell Tompkins Jr...he was the Stylistics
William Hart..Some may say he was the Delfonics..but I think the blend with the group was better than Mills had with Blue Magic or Russell had with the Stylistics
Diana Ross...to me more of a song stylist than prue singer...was one of the greatest voices of our time.
Phillipe Wynne....Sadie...need I say more?
Jean Terrell....fantastic singer in her own right.
Glenn Leonard...Best replacement for Eddie Kendricks...great singer for True Reflection
Billy Griffin...Great replacement for Smokey!
The Whisper Twins....Walter & Scotty....Fantastic frontmen for the Whispers
Patti LeBelle.....great range still has the goods.
James "JT"Taylor....had a nice run with Kool& The Gang
Eddie LeVert and Walter Williams...great body of work with the O'Jays
Lil Sonny...Great lead for the Intruders.
Cuba Gooding Sr...My favorite is "Girl Blue"
Martha Reeves.Has folks dancin' in the streets during a heatwave...even "Jimmy Mack" too.
Lenny Williams..Tower of Power.
Tina Turner...Proud Mary keeps on ....rollin'
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tsull (tsull)
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Great list Soulful ... my big omission that should've been there was Walter and Scotty, as The Whispers are one of my favorite groups!
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Soulful Detriot (mike_nyc)
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I forgot The Dells Marvin Junior ,the man who Teddy patterned himself after and
Douglas Scott...Thin Line Between Love & Hate,Love's Gonna Pack Up and Peace In The Valley Of Love
Ron Banks.Wee Gee Howard and L.J.Reynolds of the Dramatics.
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Soulful Chris (soulful_chris)
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David Ruffin probably tops the list. He taught me what soul was all about when I was a kid listening to my dad play his Temptations album.

You guys have covered most of the rest, but I'll throw in Curtis Mayfield, who was the perfect voice for his own lyrics......and Ron Isley. (Ever notice how much Curtis starts to sound like Ron in Curtis' later albums?? He really does!)

Here are a couple of other favorites of mine:

Johnny Carter, Paul Wilson and Terry "Buzzy" Johnson - The Flamingos

Eugene Mumford - Billy Ward & His Dominoes
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tsull (tsull)
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I also left off Dramatics guys ... I should seriously be beaten for that, though I wanted to limit my list to 10.
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RICHARD M. BOWYER (jakaa)
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George "Smitty" Smith of the Mighty Manhattens, Al Johnson of the Unifics and Bobby Smith of the Spinners (Most of their early hits).
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stoned love (stone_love)
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MARY WILSON JEAN TERRELL AND SCHERRIE PAYNE AND SUSAYE GREEN, LEAD SINGERS OF THE SUPREMES FROM THE 70s.
BILLY GRIFFIN LEAD SINGER OF OF THE MIRACLES AFTER SMOKEY ROBINSON LEFT.
THE GREAT LEVI STUBBS LEAD SINGER OF THE 4 TOPS.
PLEASE STAY POSITIVE
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tsull (tsull)
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I would also include Bobbie Smith, perhaps even in my top 10. He's got to be the most underrated singer in soul music. He was the lead singer for "I'll Be Around," "Could It Be I'm Falling In Love," and most of those early Motown hits. He's tremendous.

I'd also put Jonathan Edwards of The Spinners in the top 20 as well as G.C. Cameron ... Cameron perhaps a top 10 guy.
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Soulful Detriot (mike_nyc)
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Clarence Burke Jr.
Michael Jackson
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Stevie (stevie)
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Sam Cooke with the Soul Stirrers
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Boynextdoor (boynextdoor)
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Jean Terrell....The Supremes
Wanda Rogers....The Marvelettes
Martha Reeves....Martha and Vandellas
Levi...Tops
David Ruffin....Temps
Glodean....Love Unlimited
LaLa Brooks.....The Crystals
Cindy Garrison....Three Degrees (not usually lead, but love her voice)
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LaDia (ladia)
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david ruffin
smokey robinson
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here i am (here_i_am)
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i am in love with the voice of VALERIE HOLIDAY
singer of the THREE DEGREES
and i like Sherrie Payne...of the SEVENTIES SUPREMES.
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the classic master (the_classic_master)
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u guys pretty much cover them all.

ben e. king, rudy lewis from the drifters
gerald levert from his levert days
phil perry from the montclairs
anita pointer from the pointer sisters
bobby lester from the moonglows
tony williams from the platters
sharon bryant and wayne lewis from atlantic starr
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Kev-Lo (7273747576)
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Hi this is Kev-Lo

Smokey Robinson -Miracles
Curtis Mayfield -Impressions
Eddie Kendricks -Temps
David Ruffin -Temps
Clarence Burke Jr. -Five Stairsteps
William Hart -Delfonics
Ted Mills -Blue Magic
Eugene Record -ChiLites
Russell Thompson -Stylistics
Al Johnson -Unifics
Edmund Sylvers -Sylvers
Michael Jackson -Jackson Five
Kathy Sledge -Sister Sledge
Brenda Payton -The Tabulations
Eddie Levert -OJay's
Teddy Pendergrass -Bluenotes
Cliff Perkins -Soul Generation
Mark Green -Moments
Martha Reeves -Vandellas
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Robb_K (robb_k)
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Sollie McElroy-Flamingos, Moroccos
Rudy West-Five Keys
Ray Pollard-Wanderers
Willie Winfield-Harptones
Sonny Til-Orioles
Richard Street-Distants
Charles Davis-Dukays
Eddie Kendricks-Temptations
Rudy Lewis-Drifters
Timothy Wilson-Serenaders
Freddie Parris-Scarlets
Tony Williams-Platters
Dee Ervin-Pastels
Cornel Gunter-Flairs
Arthur Lee May-Crowns
Bobby Lester-Moonglows
Pookie Hudson-Spaniels
Perkel Lee Moses-El Dorados
Little Anthony (Gourdine)-Imperials
Lee Andrews-Hearts
Harvey Fuqua-Moonglows, Five Quails
Krips Johnson-Dell Vikings
Eddie Levert-Mascots
Curtis Mayfield-Impressions
Bobby Smith-Spinners
Minnie Ripperton-Gems
Smokey Robinson-Miracles
Dennis Edwards-Contours
Joe Stubbs-Falcons
Eugene Record-Chi-Lites
Marvin Smith-Artistics
Chuck Colbert Jr.-Daylighters
Tony Middleton-Willows
Clyde McPhatter-Drifters
Johnny Moore-Drifters
Jimmy Jones-Pretenders
Marice Williams-Gladiolas
Kenny Gamble-Romeos
Otis Williams-Charms
Jackie Wilson-Dominoes
Patti Hamilton-Lovelites
Patti Drew-Drewvells
James Ellis-Satintones
Gloria Williamson-Vells
Earl Lewis-Channels
Nate Nelson-Flamingos
Tommy Hunt-Flamingos
Lowman Pauling-Five Royales
Cal Gill-Velvelettes
Martha Reeds-Martha & Vandellas
Lamont Anthony Dozier-Voice Masters
David Ruffin- Temptations
Ben E. King-Five Crowns, Drifters
Darlene Love-Blossoms, Bobb B. Soxx & Blue Jeans
Murray Eskridge-Sheppards
Shane Sheppard-Heartbeats, Shep & Limelights
Hal Miller-Rays
Harold Melvin-Blue Notes
Saundra Edwards-Elgins
Richard Berry-Flairs, Dreamers, Pharaohs
Jesse Belvin-Chargers, Capris, Gassers
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RICHARD M. BOWYER (jakaa)
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Tusll, Bobby Smith wasn't no joke!! Sorry 'bout the late reply. Still trying to come to grips with the whole Jennifer Hudson thing. But you talking 'bout a blowing dude!! You talking 'bout establashing a foundation for the "LATER ON" lead singers for the Spinners....He did it!! The one thing I liked most about him is that he was a team player. Even when G.C. and Phillipe came along.....he stepped in the background.......and was a Spinner for LIFE!! Oh...did I mention Richard Street when he was with the Monitors!! Another Warrior!!
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Robb_K (robb_k)
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I forgot Gene Mumford-Larks
Don Julian-Meadowlarks/Larks
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NaturalWoman (naturalwoman)
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Edna Wright - Honeycone
Little Sonny - the Intruders
Curtis Mayfield - the Impressions
Michael Jackson - Jackson 5
Martha Reeves - Martha & Vandellas
Bobby Taylor - Bobby Taylor & Vancouvers
Eddie Kendrick & Paul Williams & David Ruffin - Temptations
Smokey - the Miracles
Scherrie Payne - Glasshouse
Gerald Alston - Manhattans
Sam Cooke - Soul Stirrers
Willie Neal Johnson - Gospel Keynotes
Teddy Pendergrass - Harold Melvin & Bluenotes
Diana Ross - Supremes
Clarence Burke Jr - Five Stairsteps
Levi Stubbs - Four Tops
Gladys Knight - Gladys & Pips
Ronnie Spector - Ronettes



I know I'm missing a ton more.

(Message edited by NaturalWoman on October 25, 2008)
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imnokid (imnokid)
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Johnny Tanner-The "5" Royales
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Red Corvette (iby)
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Ladies & Gentleman
The greatest vocal lead singer of all time!!!
(In order)

The Great & Sensational Russell Thompkins Jr of both Stylistics & New Stylistics group.

Eugene Record of the "Chi-Lites".
Harry Ray of the "Moments/Ray, Goodman & Brown".
Phillip Bailey of "EWF".
Johnnie Wilder Jr of "Heatwave".
Philippe Wynne of the "Spinners".
Eddie Levert & Walter Williams of the "O'Jays"
Ted Mills of "Blue Magic".
Bobby Debarge of the group "Switch".
Eldra Debarge of the group "Debarge".
Michael Jackson of the "Jackson 5".
Wee Gee Howard of the "Dramatics".
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Robb_K (robb_k)
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I also forgot to mention these:

Cleve Duncan-Penguins
Charles Sutton-Royals
Chester Pipkin-Squires
Jerome Ramos-Velours
Eddie Jones-Solitaires
Dean Barlow-Crickets
Eddie Rich-Swallows
Grady Chapman-Robins
Larry Harrison-4 Buddies
Buddy Baily-Clovers
Maithe Marshall-Ravens
Jimmy Ricks-Ravens
Bill Robinson-Quails
Bobby Mansfield-Wrens
Bill Kenny-Ink Spots
George Grant-Castelles
Sonny Norton-Crows
Mickey Francis-Valentines
Johnny Funches-Dells
David Ford-Hollywood Flames
Gaynel Hodge-Hollywood Flames
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moonbeam (moonbeam)
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levi #1
martha reeves
wanda rogers
rochelle fleming
sheila hutchinson
brenda payton
david,eddie,and dennis and paul
smokey robinson
john gary williams
eugene pitt
lil sonny
teddy pendergrass
ohhhhh yeah, eddie levert and walter williams
clarence burke jr
sheila young
edna wright
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3B48 (3b48)
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My first post on the forum.So happy I found you.
ok here goes..no particular order
Eddie Kendricks
Mavis Staples
Gwen McRae
Leroy Hutson
Donny Hathaway
Don Covay
Barbara Randolph
Brenda Holloway
Solomon Burke
Chuck Jackson
where do I stop...
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Ralph Terrana (ralpht)
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And welcome to the forum, 3B. Not a bad list.
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Kdubya (paladin)
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All The dam Temptations....ahem.....heres a few off the top of my head....

Marvin Junior
Gerald Alston
LJ Reynolds
Ron Banks
Eugene Record
Reggie Torian
James Epps
Smokey Robinson
Harold Melvin
Gladys Knight
Tony Washington
Curtis Mayfield
Diana Ross
Russell Thompkins
Gerald Levert
Eddie Levert
Lil Sonny
Morris Day
Clarence Burke
Philipe Wynne
Philip Bailey
Levi Stubbs
Emanuel Johnson
Steve Winwood
Daryl Hall
Bobbie Smith
Bruce Springsteen
Teddy P
Walter & Scotty
Lenny Mayes


oh yeah welcome 3B48, stick around you might like it here !


oops forgot Bobby Debarge....





(Message edited by Paladin on October 30, 2008)
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moonbeam (moonbeam)
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Arlene Smith
Earl Lewis
Little Anthony
Tony Williams
Russel Thompkins
Shirley Alston and Doris Kenner
Phillipe Wynn
Bobby Smith
Billy Brown and Harry Ray
Donald McPherson
Cuba Gooding SR
George Smith
Jimmy Briscoe
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ladyvanaye (ladyvanaye)
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Michael and Jermaine Jackson.
Edmund Sylvers
Scotty and Walter.
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Robb_K (robb_k)
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3B48-Of which group was Barbara Randolph lead singer? Chuck Jackson? Gwen McRae?
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3B48 (3b48)
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Hi Robb
Yeah sorry I misread the Message. Fine start to for my first post here-Doh!
All I can say is I got caught up in the moment of being on here. Sorry, I'll pay more attention in the future.
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tresjolie (tresjolie)
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Dyva- yes Jermaine Jackson was my favorite Jackson.

Walter and Scotty.

Bobby Brown and Ralph Tresvant from New Edition.

Little Anthony
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Heikki (heikki)
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Hi!

Well, Chuck Jackson was a member of a new set of the Dell-Vikings in the late 50s :-)

Best regards
Heikki
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soulwally (soulwally)
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Nobody's mentioned the great Hank Dixon and CP Spencer of the Originals.What the heck - fellow Originals Freddie Gorman and Walter Gaines are great up front too!
The Tempts were my first big favourite group, so I've got to pick Ruffin, Kendricks and my favourite, Paul Williams.
Another Williams, Walter, shades it over Eddie in the O'Jays for me.
Other top guys:
Bobbie Smith (glad he's getting so many mentions
John Edwards
GC
Smokey
Marvin Junior
Teddy
Russell T
Lenny Mayes
LJ reynolds
Richard Street (another vote for him!)
Levi
Theo Peoples
Chubby Tavares
Brian and Carl Wilson

Gladys
Wanda Rogers
Brenda Payton

I think most of my favourite female singers are the solos
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Robb_K (robb_k)
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Yes, Heikki, Chuck Jackson sang with The Dell-Vikings on a few cuts, but Krips johnson was still the lead singer on those. Also, when interviewed about that, Jackson always stated that he "was NEVER a member of The Dell-Vikings"-whatever that means?
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Heikki (heikki)
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Hi Robb,

I know that and I wasn't very serious in making that remark.

On the other hand, for me he spoke openly about his period with the Dell-Vikings:

Chuck: "...at the time when I first got with him (Joe Averbach) I knew he had something to do with the Dell-Vikings, but I didn't know he owned them. Then one day I went into the shop and he said the Dell-Vikings need a baritone. He had me auditioned to them, and I wound up being the second lead after Kripp, and then I became the lead."

"Willette I recorded as a solo, and then they put the Dell-Vikings on. That was supposed to be my first release. Then I did another tune with Joe called 'Come on and Love me' during the time I did Willette. I wrote about four songs, he recorded me on them, and then he put the Dell-Vikings on."

"...those Clock recordings were released after the Dell-Vikings period, but I did them before. Clock got the masters from Joe."

"Just the other day a DJ sent me a cassette of some of the stuff we (the Dell-Vikings) did that I forgot we did. Most of the stuff was not released, but it's out now."

Best regards
Heikki
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Heikki (heikki)
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Hi!

For those, who know the Dell-Vikings, perhaps this might interest you:

The original line-up was Norman Wright, Donald "Gus" Backus, Corinthian "Kripp" Johnson, David Lerchey and Clarence E. Quick. It was an integrated group with two white boys in it.

Chuck: "All of them were in the Air Force. Then two got transferred to Germany but not at the same time. First Lerchey left the group and that's when Don Jackson joined."

After the hit, "Come Go With Me", Gus formed his own Del Vikings and recorded "Cool Shake". The main body of the group scored with "Whispering Bells".
Only after that Chuck joined the group.

"Then they sent the other white guy to Germany and they hired me (now an all-black group). Then I think Clarence left the group, and we hired Eddie Everett. Then Norman left. Actually I took Norman's place, because they needed a second lead with Kripp. Also Arthur Budd, who was a tenor, came in. Wound up, it was Chuck Jackson, Eddie Everett and Art with Kripp and Don Jackson. So we were three new ones."

"Arthur, Eddie, myself - all of us got together and formed a group, and we called ourselves the Versatiles. In case we lost the suit that would have been our name..."

So, Chuck was the lead singer of the Versatiles, too (joke).

Sorry, I think I went too much into details with this one.

Best regards
Heikki
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moonbeam (moonbeam)
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hi heikki. i knew one of the delvikings personally.william blakeley was a close friend of my mother and my uncle.his family lived around the corner from us in bed-stuy back in the day. i always wondered what happened to him.i havent seen him in ages.after my mother passed, i left the neighborhood.
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Heikki (heikki)
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Hi Moonbeam!

I also asked Chuck about those guys nowadays, but he had lost contact with almost each of them.

Best regards
Heikki
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(babyluvchild) (babylovechild)
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Always Motown first...
1. Gladys Knight
2. Diana Ross
3. David Ruffin
4. Levi Stubbs
5. Martha Reeves
6. Smokey Robinson
7. Micheal Jackson
8. Lionel Ritchie

and also...

9. Barry Gibb
10. Patti Labelle
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Mike Sku (mike_sku)
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Aside from all my favorites from Motown, all of whom have been named here already, I would have to add Judy Craig from The Chiffons and Earl-Jean McCrea from The Cookies.

As for some outstanding male leads, Jay Black (of Jay and the Americans)and Gary Puckett come to mind immediately. They don't seem to have any connection to this forum, but I think there's quite a bit of soulfulness in their pop delivery.
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moonbeam (moonbeam)
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yes mike sku. jay black, and judy craig.i also love the lead of the group THE CHARTS.
Pat Hodges
nadine felder
jerry butler
and my very favorite of the drifters,RUDY LEWIS
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Destruction (destruction)
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Who sang lead for the Masqueraders (Travelin Man)?
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ColtonThomas (soullegends)
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Destruction it's Ricky Nelson hahha just playing! Its Lee Hatim if i remember correctly

-Colton
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chess1458 (chess1458)
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There are too many too list,but for starters Jerry Butler on For Your Precious Love w/ the Impressions

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ladylogan (ladylogan)
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In no certain order, but i always belive the greats are ones you can speak of first name only....

David (Ruffin)
Ollie (Woodson)
Levi (Stubbs)
Smokey (Robinson)
Gladys (Knight)
Pattie (Labelle)
Eddie (Levert)
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Supremesoul (supremesouluk2)
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Valerie Holiday - The Three Degrees
Susaye Greene - The Raelettes
Scherrie Payne -The Supremes
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ceasar (ceasar)
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I agree with all of the above,
But, I have to add my friend
GEORGE WILLIAMS(THE TYMES)
CEASAR
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Sharon Bryant
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Emanuel "EJ" Johnson
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Red Corvette (iby)
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Don't forgot:

Russ (Thompkins) of the "Stylistics"

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