A little tidbit about Soul Music...
An integration of blues, gospel and rhythm; soul music made its musical debut during the 1950s in the Detroit, Memphis and Philadelphia areas of the United States.
Legendary artists James Brown, Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin are renowned entrepreneurs of soul music and made critical impressions on music mainstream during the 50s and 60s. As time evolved, soul music was greatly influenced by the likes of Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson. Their innovative benefactions led to an expansion of soul's overall definition.
Several sub-genres of soul music disseminated from its origins: Caucasian artists like Elvis Presley, the Righteous Brothers, Darryl Hall & John Oats; and even George Michael are considered "blue-eyed soul" musicians. To name a few, "Motown or Northern soul" artists include musical greats Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross & the Supremes; Smokey Robinson; and Stevie Wonder. "Southern Soul," as a sub-genre, is a mix of energy and Southern gospel music. "Memphis Soul," as the name implies, is music originating from Memphis -- including legendary recording artist, Al Green. Additional sub-genres include Neo soul; Philadelphia soul; Psychedelic soul and Rhythmic Soul.
Though soul music is commonly associated with R&B; its earlier, distinguished sounds are still revered today.
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