Turn It Up, Turn It Loose: Soul of the ‘70s

Black was most beautiful in the first half of “The ‘Me’ Decade.”

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Beatles keyboardist-turned-solo ’70s hitmaker Billy Preston (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Soul Men of the ’70s

The Solo Superstars:

  • Barry White
  • Marvin Gaye
  • Stevie Wonder
  • Billy Preston
  • Bobby Womack
  • Curtis Mayfield
  • Edwin Starr
  • Isaac Hayes
  • Joe Simon
  • Johnnie Taylor
  • Tyrone Davis
  • Billy Paul
  • Carl Douglas
  • George McCrae
  • King Floyd
  • Luther Ingram
  • Major Harris
  • Ronnie Dyson
  • Timmy Thomas
  • The Chi-Lites
  • The Commodores
  • The Dramatics
  • Earth, Wind & Fire
  • Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes
  • The Isley Brothers
  • The Jackson 5
  • Kool & The Gang
  • LTD
  • The Manhattans
  • The Moments
  • The O’Jays
  • The Ohio Players
  • Parliament-Funkadelic
  • Raydio
  • Rufus
  • Tavares
  • The Spinners
  • The Stylistics
  • Tower of Power
  • The Trammps
  • War
  • The Whispers
  • The Delfonics
  • The Four Tops
  • James Brown
  • Joe Tex
  • Johnny Mathis
  • Lou Rawls
  • The Miracles/Smokey Robinson
  • Sly Stone
  • The Temptations (and David Ruffin and Eddie Kendricks)
  • Michael Jackson
  • Prince
  • Rick James
  • Teddy Pendergrass

The Ladies of ’70s Soul

The Solo Superstars:

  • Diana Ross
  • Donna Summer
  • Roberta Flack
  • Gladys Knight
  • Anita Ward
  • Betty Wright
  • Candi Staton
  • Dorothy Moore
  • Freda Payne
  • Gloria Gaynor
  • Gwen McCrae
  • Jean Knight
  • Maxine Nightingale
  • Millie Jackson
  • Minnie Ripperton
  • Shirley Brown
  • Sylvia
  • Thelma Houston
  • Honey Cone
  • LaBelle
  • Love Unlimited
  • The Pointer Sisters
  • Sister Sledge
  • The Supremes
  • The Three Degrees
  • Evelyn “Champagne” King
  • Natalie Cole
  • Stephanie Mills

11 Undersung ’70s Black Singles That Everyone Should Know

The Supremes “Nathan Jones” (1971) That I spent so many years knowing only Bananarama’s 1988 cover, despite the Top 20 Hot 100 status of The Supremes’ original rendition, is proof of how underrated The Supremes’ first couple of post-Diana Ross years were.

A Spotify “Golden Age of Soul” Playlist

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Brother Son Husband Friend Loner Minimalist World Traveler. Author of “Is It True What They Say About Black Men?” and “Storms in Africa” https://rb.gy/3mthoj

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