The Greatest R and B/Funk Groups, and Singers

by bigboijp | created - 22 May 2011 | updated - 22 Oct 2017 | Public

This is a list of some of the greatest groups/singers in Funk, and R/B music!!!

1. Maurice White

Soundtrack | Doctor Strange

Maurice was born in Memphis on December 19, 1941, but moved to Chicago as a teenager. His father, Verdine, was a doctor. For many years, they lived in the South Shore section on the South Side. He attended Crane Junior College and the Chicago Conservatory of Music. It was while he was at the ...

The mastermind of Earth, Wind & Fire!!! RIP!!!

3. Frankie Beverly

Soundtrack | Get Rich or Die Tryin'

Frankie Beverly was born on December 6, 1946 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Howard Beverly.

I'm of course reffering to Maze featuring Frankie Beverly

4. Michael Jackson

Soundtrack | Michael Jackson: Thriller

Michael Joseph Jackson was born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana, and entertained audiences nearly his entire life. His father, Joe Jackson (no relation to Joe Jackson, also a musician), had been a guitarist, but was forced to give up his musical ambitions following his marriage to Michael's ...

5. Marlon Jackson

Actor | Nell

Marlon Jackson was born on March 12, 1957 in Gary, Indiana, USA as Marlon David Jackson. He is an actor, known for Nell (1994), Cronies (2015) and Student Confidential (1987). He has been married to Carol Parker since August 16, 1975. They have three children.

6. Jermaine Jackson

Soundtrack | Beverly Hills Cop II

Jermaine Jackson was born on December 11, 1954 in Gary, Indiana, USA as Jermaine LaJuane Jackson. He has been married to Halima Rashid since August 11, 2004. He was previously married to Alejandra Genevieve Oiaza and Hazel Gordy.

7. Tito Jackson

Soundtrack | An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn

Tito Jackson was born on October 15, 1953 in Gary, Indiana, USA as Toriano Adaryll Jackson. He was previously married to Delores V. Martes.

8. Jackie Jackson

Soundtrack | The Running Man

Jackie Jackson was born on May 4, 1951 in Gary, Indiana, USA as Sigmund Esco Jackson. He has been married to Emily Besselink since 2012. They have two children. He was previously married to Victoria Triggs and Enid Adren.

9. Randy Jackson

Soundtrack | This Is 40

Randy Jackson was born on October 31, 1961 in Gary, Indiana, USA as Steven Randall Jackson. He was previously married to Alejandra Genevieve Oaiaza and Eliza Shaffy.

10. Janet Jackson

Soundtrack | Poetic Justice

Janet Damita Jo Jackson was born on May 16, 1966 in Gary, Indiana, to Katherine Jackson (née Katherine Esther Scruse) and Joe Jackson, a musician. She is the youngest of ten children. After her birth, her brothers formed a band later called The Jackson 5. She lived at home with her sisters, while ...

11. Ray Charles

Soundtrack | Ray

A tragic fate may have given this visionary a heightened sensitivity, perception, awareness, even expansion to his obvious musical gifts that he may have never touched upon had he not suffered from his physical affliction. Whatever it was, Ray Charles revolutionized American music and was ...

12. Bobby Brown

Soundtrack | Ghostbusters II

Bobby Brown was born on February 5, 1969 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA as Robert Barisford Brown. He has been married to Alicia Etheredge-Brown since June 18, 2012. They have three children. He was previously married to Whitney Houston.

13. Ralph E. Tresvant

Producer | The New Edition Story

Ralph Tresvant was born on May 16, 1968 in Roxbury, Massachusetts to Patricia and Ralph, Sr. He has an older sister named LaTonya and a younger brother named Andre. Ralph married his childhood sweetheart Shelly in 1993. They have two girls Na'Quelle and Mariah. While in junior high school, Ralph ...

14. Teddy Pendergrass

Soundtrack | The Nutty Professor

Teddy Pendergrass was born on March 26, 1950 in Kingstree, South Carolina, USA as Theodore DeReese Pendergrass. He was married to Joan Pendergrass and Karen Still. He died on January 13, 2010 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA.

15. Johnny Gill

Soundtrack | New Jack City

Born in Washington, D.C., Johnny Gill was discovered by singer Stacy Lattisaw after singing in his family's group Wings of Faith from the age of five. His solo career began in 1983 with the Top 30 R&B single "Super Love." In 1988, he joined New Edition, replacing Bobby Brown. In 1989 he sang on two...

16. Gladys Knight

Actress | Hollywood Homicide

Gladys Knight was born on May 28, 1944 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA as Gladys Maria Knight. She is an actress, known for Hollywood Homicide (2003), Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) and Licence to Kill (1989). She has been married to William McDowell since April 12, 2001. She was previously married to Les...

also along with the Pips!!!

17. Mary J. Blige

Soundtrack | Mudbound

Mary J. Blige was born on January 11, 1971 in Yonkers, New York, USA as Mary Jane Blige. She was previously married to Kendu Isaacs.

18. Jill Scott

Actress | Why Did I Get Married?

Born in 1972 in North Philadelphia, Jill Scott grew up in the ghetto with her mother, Joyce, and grandmother. A deeply loved and gifted child, she learned to talk at only eight months and was reading by age four. Always the center of attention, her principal in elementary school described her as a ...

19. Morris Day

Actor | Purple Rain

Morris Day was born on December 13, 1957 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA as Morris Eugene Day. He is an actor, known for Purple Rain (1984), The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990) and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001). He was previously married to Judith Jones.

Somebody bring me a mirror!!!

21. George Clinton

Composer | Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the Tour Bus

George Clinton was born on July 22, 1941 in Kannapolis, North Carolina, USA. He is known for his work on Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the Tour Bus (2017), Kuso (2017) and Good Burger (1997). He has been married to Stephanie Lynn Goshorn since September 25, 1990.

Parliment/Funkadelic, of course.

22. Bootsy Collins

Soundtrack | Undercover Brother

Bootsy Collins was born on October 26, 1951 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA as William Earl Collins. He has been married to Patti Collins since December 24, 1996.

23. Cameo

Soundtrack | Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Re-used score, with permission, originally composed for The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) (The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly), by Ennio Morricone for "Word Up" rap.

26. The Temptations

Soundtrack | Ready Player One

Debuted in 1961.

27. Rick James

Soundtrack | Suicide Squad

Rick James was born on February 1, 1948 in Buffalo, New York, USA as James Ambrose Johnson Jr. He was married to Tanya Hijazi. He died on August 6, 2004 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

28. Kool & The Gang

Soundtrack | The Nice Guys

Kool & the Gang are an American band formed in Jersey City, New Jersey in 1964 by brothers Robert "Kool" Bell and Ronald Bell, with Dennis "D.T." Thomas, Robert Mickens, Charles Smith, George Brown, and Ricky West. They have undergone numerous changes in personnel and have explored many musical ...

29. Angie Stone

Actress | The Hot Chick

Angie Stone was born on December 18, 1961 in Columbia, South Carolina, USA as Angela Laverne Brown. She is known for her work on The Hot Chick (2002), Ride Along (2014) and Brown Sugar (2002).

30. Faith Evans

Soundtrack | Girls Trip

Faith Evans was born on June 10, 1973 in Lakeland, Florida, USA as Faith Renee Evans. She has been married to Stevie J. since July 17, 2018. She was previously married to Todd Russaw and The Notorious B.I.G..

31. Patti LaBelle

Soundtrack | Licence to Kill

Patti LaBelle, born Patricia Louise Holt-Edwards, is an American singer, author, and actress. Patti began her career in the early 1960s as lead singer of the band Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles. A decade later the group changed their name to Labelle and recorded the hit song "Lady Marmalade". ...

32. Smokey Robinson

Soundtrack | Big Time

Multi-talented performer/writer/producer Smokey Robinson's career, and life, is inextricably tied up with Motown Records' founder Berry Gordy (his first two children are named Tamla, for the Gordy-owned label Smokey recorded for, and Berry, for Gordy himself). He and Gordy have had a professional ...

33. Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds

Soundtrack | Bad Boys

Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds was born on April 10, 1959 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA as Kenneth Brian Edmonds. He has been married to Nicole Pantenburg since May 17, 2014. They have one child. He was previously married to Tracey E. Edmonds and Denise.

34. Toni Braxton

Soundtrack | The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure

Toni Braxton was born on October 7, 1966 in Severn, Maryland, USA as Toni Michelle Braxton. She was previously married to Keri Lewis.

35. Tionne 'T-Boz' Watkins

Producer | ATL

Tionne Tenese Watkins was born on April 26, 1970 in Des Moines, Iowa. She is also known as "T-Boz" in the R&B/Hip-Hop group, TLC. Born to parents of both African American and Native American descent. As a child she was diagnosed with sickle cell anemia (1 in 12 people of African American descent ...

36. Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes

Soundtrack | Space Cowboys

Controversial, flamboyant, and spontaneous are probably the best words to describe Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes. Born in Philadelphia, and raised throughout the world as the daughter of a U.S. Army serviceman, Lisa Lopes became one of the most important trendsetters in the 1990s music scene. After ...

37. Rozonda 'Chilli' Thomas

Actress | Marshall

Rozonda Ocelean Thomas was born February 27, 1971 in Atlanta, Georgia, to Ava Thomas and Abdul Ali. She has one son with producer Dallas Austin - they named him Tron. She is a very close friend of fellow member Tionne 'T-boz' Watkins' of TLC. The death of fellow band member Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes ...

38. Luther Vandross

Soundtrack | The Goonies

He was the heartbeat of R&B during the 1980s and 1990s, yet led a productive singing and songwriting life prior to this preeminence. The soul balladeer's strong commitment to the art of music continued on its Grammy-winning course, even after an acute stroke in 2003 left him severely incapacitated ...

39. Aretha Franklin

Actress | The Blues Brothers

Grammy-winning Queen of Soul and the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Aretha Louise Franklin was born in Memphis, Tennessee, to Barbara Vernice (Siggers) and C. L. Franklin, a Baptist minister, who preached at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit for over thirty ...

40. Barry White

Soundtrack | Baby Driver

Barry White first made his mark in the music business in the 1960s as a session musician, even serving for a spell as an A&R man for a small, independent Los Angeles record label. He first hit it big in 1973 with a series of albums and singles emphasizing lush orchestrations and elaborate ...

41. Prince

Soundtrack | Under the Cherry Moon

Prince Rogers Nelson was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Mattie Shaw, a jazz singer and social worker, and John L. Nelson, a lyricist and pianist. His father's stage name was "Prince Rogers". His parents were both from African-American families from Louisiana. They separated during his youth, ...

42. Freddie Jackson

Soundtrack | All Dogs Go to Heaven

Freddie Jackson was born on October 2, 1956 in Harlem, New York, USA.

43. Anita Baker

Soundtrack | Forget Paris

Anita was born January 26, 1958 in Toledo, Ohio and grew up in Detroit, Michigan. She began singing in church choir when she was 12 and at 16 sang in a local group along with high school friends. In 1975 she successfully auditioned for the group Chapter 8, having been approached by bass player ...

44. The Isley Brothers

Soundtrack | Okja

Their song "Summer Breeze" was covered by Seals & Crofts in 1977. Several bars from the melody of it were used as background rhythm by rap artists Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre for 1991's "G Thang".

45. Brandy Norwood

Actress | I Still Know What You Did Last Summer

Brandy Norwood was born on February 11, 1979 in McComb, Mississippi, USA as Brandy Rayana Norwood. She is known for her work on I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998), Moesha (1996) and Osmosis Jones (2001).

46. El DeBarge

Soundtrack | Short Circuit

El DeBarge was born on June 4, 1961 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA as Eldra DeBarge. He is married to Monique DeBarge. They have one child. He was previously married to Tracey Ferguson.

47. Curtis Mayfield

Soundtrack | Armageddon

Rhythm and blues performer/songwriter credited with defining 1960's Chicago sound in hits like "It's All Right" and "Gypsy Woman." His style influenced other artists from pop to hip hop. Has been a quadriplegic ever since he was struck by lighting rig during outdoor concert in New York, 1990. ...

48. Sly Stone

Soundtrack | Stealth

Sly Stone was born on March 15, 1943 in Dallas, Texas, USA as Sylvester Stewart. He was previously married to Kathy Silva.

49. Roger Troutman

Soundtrack | Iron Man 2

Roger Troutman was born on November 29, 1951 in Dayton, Ohio, USA. He died on April 25, 1999 in Dayton.

50. Al B. Sure!

Soundtrack | New Jack City

Al B. Sure! was born on June 4, 1968 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA as Albert Brown.

51. James Ingram

Soundtrack | Junior

As a sophomore at the University of Akron, he left town to come to Los Angeles with his band, Revelation Funk. The band broke up shortly after arriving in L.A. Shortly afterward, Ingram started working with Ray Charles as a piano player.

After Quincy Jones heard James Ingram's voice on "Just Once," ...

52. Stevie Wonder

Soundtrack | The Woman in Red

Born Stevland Hardaway Judkins in Saginaw, Michigan, United States, to Calvin Judkins and Lula Mae Hardaway. Due to being born six weeks premature, Stevie Wonder was born with a condition called retinopathy of prematurity, which made him blind. Stevie Wonder, even with this disability, made his ...

53. Usher Raymond

Actor | The Faculty

Usher Raymond IV was born in Dallas, Texas, to Jonetta Patton (née O'Neal) and Usher Raymond III. He began singing when he was six years old, joining the local church choir at the behest of his mother who acted as choir director. Jonetta, a single mom, raised Usher and his younger brother, James, ...

54. The Four Tops

Soundtrack | Four Brothers

The Four Tops were awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7060 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.

55. Lauryn Hill

Soundtrack | Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit

Lauryn Hill, a native of South Orange, New Jersey, first came to attention with the multi-talented Fugees. Their first album, "Blunted On Reality", went virtually unnoticed by the public; their real breakthrough came with the sophomore album, "The Score", which featured "Killing Me Softly". That ...

56. Angela Bofill

Self | Unsung

Angela Bofill was previously married to Rick Vincent.

57. Jennifer Hudson

Soundtrack | Dreamgirls

Jennifer Hudson is a Grammy Award-winning recording artist, Academy Award-winning actress and best-selling author. Bright and booming talent Hudson is a perfect example of how NOT winning the title of American Idol (2002) can actually be a boon to your career and not necessarily the end of a ...

58. Whitney Houston

Soundtrack | The Bodyguard

Whitney Elizabeth Houston was born into a musical family on 9 August 1963, in Newark, New Jersey, the daughter of gospel star Cissy Houston, cousin of singing star Dionne Warwick and goddaughter of soul legend Aretha Franklin.

She began singing in the choir at her church, The New Hope Baptist ...

59. Aaliyah

Soundtrack | Romeo Must Die

Talented. Beautiful. Modest. These three words described R&B singer-turned-actress Aaliyah perfectly.

Aaliyah Dana Haughton was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Diane (Hankerson) and Michael Haughton. Her uncle was music manager Barry Hankerson and her brother is director Rashad Haughton. Aaliyah was ...

60. Alicia Keys

Soundtrack | The Secret Life of Bees

Alicia Keys was born in Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan, to Teresa (Augello), a paralegal who was also an occasional actress, and Craig Cook, a flight attendant. Her father is African-American, and her mother, who is caucasian, is of Italian and English/Irish/Scottish ancestry. Alicia began taking piano ...

61. Tina Turner

Soundtrack | Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

After almost fifty years in the music business, Tina Turner has become one of the most commercially-successful international female rock stars to date. Her sultry, powerful voice, her incredible legs, her time-tested beauty and her unforgettable story all contribute to her legendary status.

Tina ...

62. Ashanti

Actress | Coach Carter

Ashanti was born on October 13, 1980 in Glen Cove, Long Island, New York, USA as Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas. She is an actress, known for Coach Carter (2005), Resident Evil: Extinction (2007) and John Tucker Must Die (2006).

63. Teena Marie

Soundtrack | Top Gun

Teena Marie was born on March 5, 1956 in Santa Monica, California, USA as Mary Christine Brockert. She died on December 26, 2010 in Pasadena, California.

64. Michael McDonald

Soundtrack | The 40 Year Old Virgin

Michael McDonald was born on February 12, 1952 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Michael H. McDonald. He has been married to Amy Holland since May 21, 1983. They have two children.

65. Beyoncé

Soundtrack | Dreamgirls

Beyoncé was born & raised in Houston, Texas. Her mom, Tina Lawson designs their glittering costumes & her dad, Mathew Knowles manages Destiny's Child. Solange, her sister (they're 4 years apart) has released her debut album. She dances with her big sister during DC-3 concerts. Beyoncé's of ...

66. Nick Ashford

Soundtrack | Guardians of the Galaxy

Nick Ashford was born on May 4, 1941 in Fairfield, South Carolina, USA as Nickolas Ashford. He was married to Valerie Simpson. He died on August 22, 2011 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA.

67. Valerie Simpson

Soundtrack | Guardians of the Galaxy

Valerie Simpson was born on August 26, 1945 in The Bronx, New York, USA. She was previously married to Nick Ashford.

68. Chaka Khan

Actress | The Blues Brothers

Chaka Khan was born on March 23, 1953 in Great Lakes, Illinois, USA as Yvette Marie Stevens. She has been married to Doug Rasheed since 2001. She was previously married to Richard Holland and Hassan Khan.

69. Raphael Saadiq

Soundtrack | Mudbound

Raphael Saadiq was born on May 14, 1966 in Oakland, California, USA as Charlie Ray Wiggins.

70. The Gap Band

Soundtrack | Sleepers

The Gap Band are a funk, soul and rhythm and blues group from Tulsa, Oklahoma. The band is fronted by the three Wilson brothers: Charlie, Robert, and Ronnie. The Wilson brothers are the sons of a Pentecostal minister and began their music careers singing in their father's church. The Wilson ...

71. Bill Withers

Soundtrack | Fallen

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Bill Withers was born on July 4, 1938 in the small coal-mining town of Slab Fork, West Virginia and was raised in the nearby town of Beckley. He was the youngest of six children. His coal miner father died when Withers was only thirteen. Bill worked a series of odd ...

72. Ray Parker Jr.

Soundtrack | Ghostbusters

Guitarist/songwriter/producer Ray Parker Jr. had hits as Raydio (the million-selling "Jack and Jill," "You Can't Change That"), Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio ("Two Places at the Same Time," "A Woman Needs Love [Just Like You Do]"), and Ray Parker Jr. (the number one R&B and pop gold single "Ghostbusters"...

73. Ricky Bell

Actor | Girls Trip

Ricky Bell was born on September 18, 1967 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He is an actor, known for Girls Trip (2017), Tropic Thunder (2008) and 40 Days and 40 Nights (2002). He has been married to Amy Correa since September 18, 2004.

74. Michael Bivins

Soundtrack | Mo' Money

Michael Bivins was born on August 10, 1968 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He is an actor, known for Mo' Money (1992), Girls Trip (2017) and Tropic Thunder (2008).

75. Ronnie DeVoe

Soundtrack | Mo' Money

Former member of 1980s teen pop group, New Edition. After the group broke up, De Voe joined fellow band-mates Michael Bivins and Ricky Bell to form the group, Bell Biv DeVoe in the early 1990s. That group scored number one hits, such as "Do Me", "I Thought It Was Me" and "Gangsta".

76. George Benson

Soundtrack | Hit and Run

George Benson was born on March 22, 1943 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. He has been married to Johnnie since 1965. They have six children.

77. Jeffrey Osborne

Soundtrack | Spaceballs

Jeffrey Osborne was born on March 9, 1948 in Providence, Rhode Island, USA as Jeffrey Linton Osborne. He is known for his work on Spaceballs (1987), Undercover Brother (2002) and Love & Mercy (2014). He has been married to Sherri Osborne since 1983. They have four children.

78. Sade

Soundtrack | True Lies

Sade was born on January 16, 1959 in Ibadan, Nigeria as Helen Folasade Adu. She was previously married to Carlos Scola.

79. Keith Sweat

Soundtrack | The Watch

Keith Sweat is a Harlem-born R&B singer/songwriter who released his debut album, 'Make It Last Forever', at the end of 1987. The album sold over three million copies, spawning the hits "I Want Her" (#1 R&B, #5 pop), "Something Just Ain't Right" (#3 R&B), "Make It Last Forever" (#2 R&B), and "Don't ...

80. Montell Jordan

Soundtrack | Everest

Montell Jordan was born on December 3, 1968 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Montell Dusean Jordan. He has been married to Kristin Jordan since June 1994. They have four children.



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