Sid Rumpo

Sid Rumpo were an Australian blues-rock band from Perth that released the album First Offense on Mushroom in 1974. Members: Mick Elliot (guitar, vocals), Robert “Rob” Searls [aka Bob Seals] (guitar, vocals), Ken Wallace (piano, percussion), Noel Herridge (drums, percussion), Owen Hughes (bass), John Hood (guitar) Discography: First Offense (1974)


Skyhooks were an Australian pop-rock band from Melbourne that released five studio albums and a live set on Mushroom between 1974 and 1980. Members: Steve Hill (vocals, 1973-74), Shirley Strachan [aka Graeme Strachan] (vocals, 1974-78, 1983-94), Greg Macainsh (bass), Bob Starkie (guitar), Freddie Strauks (drums, percussion , backing vocals), Red Symons (guitar, keyboards, backing vocals), […]

Snakes Alive

Snakes Alive were an Australian jazz-rock band from Sydney that self-released an eponymous album in 1975. Members: Colin Campbell (trumpet), Alex Ditrich (keyboards), Peter Nykyruj (drums, percussion), Boris Peric (guitar), Jonas Thomas (saxophone, flute, vocals), Michael Vidale (bass) Discography: Snakes Alive (1975)

Southern Cross

Southern Cross were an Australian hard-rock band from Sydney that released a self-titled album on Laser in 1976. Members: Alan Milano (vocals), Michel Brouet (bass, vocals), Jeff Beacham (drums), John Baxter (guitar, 1975), Bruce Cumming (guitar, 1975-77) Discography: Southern Cross (1976) “Queen of Rock and Roll” / “Stormy Lady” (1977)


This page is about the Australian band named Taste. For the late ’60s Irish blues-rock trio headed by Rory Gallagher, click here. Taste were an Australian hard-rock band from Melbourne that released the album Tickle Your Fancy on Bootleg in 1976, followed by Knights of Love on Philips in 1977.  Members: Joel Witenberg (drums, vocals), […]


Windchase were an Australian symphonic-rock band from Sydney that released the album Symphinity on Infinity in 1977. The project was a follow-through to Sebastian Hardie, picking up from that band’s 1976 sophomoric release Windchase. Guitarist/vocalist Mario Millo subsequently recorded as a solo artist. Members: Mario Millo (vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, tubular bells), Toivo Pilt […]

Rick Springfield

Rick Springfield (born Aug. 23, 1949) is an Australian singer, songwriter, and actor with a musical career that dates back to the late 1960s. He rose to prominence in his home country as one-fourth of the beat/psych combo Zoot. In 1972, Springfield moved to the U.S. and launched a solo career with back-to-back albums on […]


Moonstone were an American symphonic/hard-rock band from Lancaster, Penn., that issued a standalone single on the local Unicorn Sound Studios label in 1976, followed by a self-titled album on regional-press Baldwin Sound Productions in 1977. Members: Joe Cicero (guitar, vocals), Mike Cicero (drums), John Chapman (keyboards, synthesizer, vocals), Dale Kaylor (lead guitar, horns, guitar), John […]

Sons and Daughters of Lite

Sons and Daughters of Lite were an American jazz-funk ensemble from Oakland, Calif, that released the album Let the Sun Shine In on self-press Sunlite Record Publishing Company in 1978. Members: Basuki Bala (leader, baritone saxophone, alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute, percussion, vocals), Marty Payne (trumpet, flugelhorn, backing vocals), Paul Fenner III (tenor saxophone), Michael […]

Robin Kenyatta

Robin Kenyatta (March 6, 1942 — Oct. 26, 2004) is an American jazz-funk saxophonist from Moncks Corner, SC. Discography: Until (1968) Girl From Martinique (1971) Robin Kenyatta’s Free State Band (1972) Gypsy Man (1973) Terra Nova (1973) Stompin’ at the Savoy (1974) Nomusa (1975) Encourage the People (1976) Beggars and Stealers (live, 1977) Take the […]

Robert Watson

Robert Watson — aka Robert M. Watson Jr. (born Aug. 23, 1953) — is an American post-bop/jazz-funk alto saxophonist from Lawrence, Kan. Discography: Estimated Time of Arrival (1978) All Because of You (1979) Beatitudes (1983 • Bobby Watson & Curtis Lundy) Gumbo (1983 • The Horizon Quintet) Jewel (1983 • Robert Watson Sextet) Live in […]

Tom Harrell

Tom Harrell (born June 16, 1946) is an American jazz-funk trumpeter from Urbana, Ill. Discography: Aurora (1976) Look to the Sky (1979 • John McNeil & Tom Harrell) Open Air (1987) Stories (1988) Sail Away (1989) Form (1990) Moon Alley (1990 • Tom Harrell Quintet) Passages (1992) Upswing (1993) Labyrinth (1996) The Art of Rhythm […]

The Waters

The Waters were an American soul group comprised of the surnamesake brother/sister singing clan. The group released a self-titled album on Blue Note in 1975, followed by a second eponymous album on Warner Bros. in 1977. A third album appeared on Arista in 1980. Members: Julia Waters, Luther Waters, Oren Waters, Maxine Waters Discography: Waters […]

The Undisputed Truth

The Undisputed Truth were an American soul-psych group from Detroit, formed in 1970. The group released six albums on Motown’s Gordy imprint between 1971 and 1975, followed by two further albums on producer Norman Whitfield’s surnamesake label during the second half of the decade. Members: Joe Harris (lead vocals), Billie Rae Calvin (lead vocals, 1970-74), […]

The Trammps

The Trammps were an American soul group from Philadelphia, formed in 1972. Early on, the group released a string of singles later compiled on the 1975 Buddah release The Legendary Zing Album. In 1975, the group released a self-titled album on Golden Fleece, followed by six albums on Atlantic between 1976 and 1980. The members […]

The Supremes

The Supremes were an American soul-pop trio from Detroit, formed in 1961. Their classic lineup featured singers Mary Wilson, Florence Ballard, and frontwoman Diana Ross, who all grew up on the city’s east side. Signed to Motown, The Supremes were part of that label’s classic roster of chart-topping sixties artists, along with the Four Tops, […]

The Stylistics

The Stylistics were an American soul group from Philadelphia, formed in 1966. The group released seven albums on Avco between 1971 and 1975, followed by five albums on H&L during the second half of the decade. Members: Airrion Love (tenor vocals, lead vocals), Herbert “Herbie” Murrell (baritone vocals, lead vocals), Russell Thompkins Jr. (lead vocals, […]

The Pointer Sisters

The Pointer Sisters were an American soul-pop group from Oakland, formed in 1969 by sisters Anita, June, and Bonnie Pointer. Starting life as a retro-1940s cabaret act, the sisters released four albums and a live disc on Blue Thumb/ABC between 1973 and 1977. Switching to contemporary soul-pop, the Pointer Sisters released six albums on Richard […]

The Moments

The Moments were an American soul trio from Washington, D.C., formed in 1965. Signed to Sylvia Robinson‘s All Platinum-subsidiary Stang Records, the group released 10 albums on the label between 1969 and 1978. In 1979, they dropped the Moments moniker and issued subsequent albums under their collective surnames: Ray, Goodman & Brown. Members: John Morgan […]

The Impressions

The Impressions were an American soul group from Chicago, formed in 1958 and initially a singles act for Abner. Between 1963 and 1968, the band released a string of albums on ABC-Paramount, followed by a run of titles on Curtom over the subsequent eight-year period. Members: Sam Gooden (vocals), Jerry Butler (vocals, 1958-60), Curtis Mayfield […]

The Dynamic Superiors

The Dynamic Superiors were an American soul group from Washington, D.C., that released four albums on Tamla/Motown between 1975 and 1977. Members: George Spann (first tenor vocals), Tony Washington (lead vocals, 1963-80), Maurice Washington (bass vocals, 1963-80), George Wesley Peterback, Jr. (second tenor vocals, 1963-80), Michael McCalpin (baritone vocals, 1963-80) Discography: The Dynamic Superiors (1975) […]

Táta Vega

Táta Vega (born Oct. 7, 1951) is an American soul singer from N.Y.C. who sang in the bands Pollution, Earthquire, and the Andrae Crouch Singers during the early 1970s. She released four albums on Tamla between 1976 and 1980. Discography: Full Speed Ahead (1976) Totally Táta (1977) Try My Love (1978) Givin’ All My Love […]


Syreeta Wright (Aug. 3, 1946 — July 6, 2004) was an American soul singer and songwriter who debuted with a self-titled album produced and arranged by then-husband Stevie Wonder, released in 1972 on MoWest. Despite divorcing, their partnership yielded a second album on Motown in 1974, after which she released four more solo albums on […]

Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder is an American R&B musician, vocalist, songwriter, and producer who began recording for Tamla/Motown in 1962 at age 12. During the mid-to-late 1960s, he scored a string of pop hits for the label, culminating with the decade-ending ballad “My Cherie Amour” and 1970’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours.” Upon turning 21, he gained […]


Smoke was an American soul group from Kansas City, Mo., that released the album Risin’ on local-press J.Bridge Records in 1976. Members: Ernest Malone, Arthur Malone, Melvin Manning, Larry Brown Smoke coalesced when Kansas City brothers Ernest and Arthur Malone teamed with singers Larry Brown and Melvin Manning. Brown sang backing vocals on the 1975 […]

Side Effect

Side Effect were an American soul group from Los Angeles, formed in 1972. The group debuted with an album on Canada’s G.A.S. Records in 1973, followed by four albums on Fantasy between 1975 and 1978. A further trio of titles appeared on Elektra during the early 1980s. Members: Augie Johnson (1972-2014), Louis Patton, Gregory Matta, […]


Shalamar was an American soul-funk vocal trio from N.Y.C. that debuted with an album on Don Cornelius’ Soul Train imprint in 1977, followed by 10 further albums on parent-label Solar between 1978 and 1990. Co-founder Jody Watley left the group in 1983 and scored several solo hits in the late 1980s. Members: Gary Mumford (lead […]

Roberta Flack

Roberta Flack (born Feb. 10, 1937) is an American soul singer and pianist from Black Mountain, N.C., that released seven studio albums and two collaborative efforts with vocalist Donny Hathaway on Atlantic between 1969 and 1979. Another five albums appeared on the label over the subsequent 15-year period, including one of two collaborative efforts with […]

New Birth

New Birth was an American soul-psych ensemble that released seven albums on RCA Victor between 1970 and 1976, plus two albums on Warner Bros. and a title apiece on Buddah and Ariola during the second half of the decade. They formed through a merger of three entities: male vocal quartet The Now Sound, female vocal […]

Narada Michael Walden

Narada Michael Walden is an American jazz-funk/soul musician and producer who drummed in the second lineup of the Mahavishnu Orchestra, which made the 1974/75 albums Apocalypse and Visions of the Emerald Beyond. In 1976, he played on jazz-rock albums by Weather Report, Jaco Pastorius, Jeff Beck, Allan Holdsworth, and Nova. As a solo artist, Walden […]

Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye (April 2, 1939 — April 1, 1984) was an American R&B vocalist, songwriter, and producer from Washington, D.C., who was musically active for a quarter-century, achieving worldwide renown as one of Tamla/Motown’s leading performers. He first rose to fame with a string of duets, first with Kim Weston and then with Tammi Terrell, […]

Lou Bond

Lou Bond — aka Ronald Edward Lewis (1945 — Feb. 1, 2013) — was an American soul singer/songwriter from Chicago who released a self-titled album on Stax-subsidiary We Produce Records in 1974. Discography: “Ooh, You Cheater” / “What Have I Done” (1966) “You Shake Me Up” / “Don’t Start Me Crying” (1967) Lou Bond (1974)

Loleatta Holloway

Loleatta Holloway (1946–2011) was an American soul singer from Chicago who made the 1973–75 albums Loleatta and Cry to Me on the Atlanta-based Aware Records. She made four subsequent albums (1976–80) on Gold Mind/Salsoul and scored R&B/dance hits with “Hit and Run,” “Love Sensation,” “I May Not Be There When You Want Me (But I’m […]

Leon Ware

Leon Ware (1940–2017) was an American R&B singer, songwriter, and producer who released a 1972 self-titled album on United Artists, followed by the popular 1976 Gordy title Musical Massage. In 1979, Ware reemerged with Inside Is Love, followed by the 1981/82 Elektra titles Rockin’ You Eternally and Leon Ware. After nineteen quiet years, he released […]

Leon Haywood

Leon Haywood (Feb. 11, 1942 — April 5, 2016) was an American soul singer from Houston who initially emerged as a singles artist for Fantasy, Imperial, and Fat Fish during the mid-1960s. Early in the following decade, he re-emerged as a soul-funk album artist with four longplayers on 20th Century between 1973 and 1977, followed […]

Lenny Williams

Lenny Williams (born Feb. 6, 1945) is an American soul singer from Little Rock, Ark., who sang with Tower of Power on three albums during the early 1970s, appearing on the band’s 1973 self-titled release and staying for the following year’s Back to Oakland and Urban Renewal. After leaving the band, he released Pray for […]


Labelle was an American soul-funk trio from Philadelphia, best known for their 1974 hit “Lady Marmalade.” The three women — Patti LaBelle, Nona Hendryx, and Sarah Dash —  first grouped in The Blue Belles, a 1960s Motown-style quartet. Labelle collaborated with Laura Nyro on the Columbia release Gonna Take a Miracle and made the 1971–72 […]