Just got a copy of the CD Chris Farlowe vs Long John Baldry. The first disc which is all Chris Farlowe is brilliant, what a voice that man has. Sadly the second, LJB disc is disappointing as it's all his later croony stuff rather than his early RnB material.
I've just discovered Steve Aldo as well. Not literally; I didn't find him hiding in my garden or anything, I got a compilation CD for Christmas with one of his songs on it.
Incredible voice, but he only released two singles in 65/66 when he was just 18, Can I Get A Witness/Baby What You Want Me To Do, and Everybody Has To Cry. Came from Liverpool, I wonder what happened to him.
I wouldn't have classed her as an R&B singer along the lines of the other people listed here, even in her Vinegar Joe days, which I'd say was more country/folk/rock. After that she went all disco and croony.
Joan Armatrading's a soul singer and that's that, not R&B at all.
If I was going to include female artists I'd say Lulu (when she was with The Luvvers), Beryl Marsden, definitely Deborah Bonham.
I'm hoping the Zeppelin will wade in here and back me up or come up with a few suggestions.
Steve M, the one and only 'Modfather' in my opinion. Sadly missed.
Just listening to what's available from Piccadilly Records this week and this came up, will interest a few here.
Steve Marriott's Moments : EP Acid Jazz
There are few stars in the pop pantheon who could legitimately be described as legends. Steve Marriott is one. From the electrifying bundle of energy that fronted the Small Faces, through his Humble Pie 'super-group' with Peter Frampton, and his eventual return to his Essex blues roots, Steve Marriott crammed a lot into a short time. But what of Marriott's time before the Small Faces? At 16, Steve Marriott formed The Moments, an east London R'n'B band with a loyal mod following through their residencies at the Flamingo Club. They gigged hard through 1964 but commercial success eluded them, and in October of that year Marriott was dumped by the rest of the band after they decided that 'he didn't have it in him to be a singer'. Last year, Barry Hewitt, the bass player in The Moments, chanced upon an unplayed acetate recorded back in 1964. These unheard recordings found their way to Acid Jazz, where they have been coupled with The Moments only release, the impossibly rare "You Really Got Me"/"Money" for a special limited edition 7" vinyl EP, in a cracking 60s-style picture sleeve.
Well, after some trial and tribulation, I finally got to see Beryl again for the first time since 1962! She did a spot with The Undertakers, and despite the passing years, is still capable of belting out a good tune. I got to see her backstage after the gig, got her to autograph a promo CD for her new album, got a hug, and a promise from her that she is going to log on to the site for her interview. The promo? "Baby It's You" as used to be sung by John Lennon as part of The Beatles repertoire. Great version, well worthy of Beryl's mention by Spence in the top female RnB singers.