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The R&B Hall of Fame names the 2023 Class

The R&B Hall of Fame Class of 2023 has been announced, and it is one loaded group.

The Class comprises:

Aaliyah:  The late Aaliyah (who died from a plane crash at the age of 22 in 2001) was on the cusp of mega-stardom, having already crossed over to films.  “The Queen of Urban Pop” went to the top of the Mainstream Chart in 2001 “Try Again”, and had 11 Top Ten songs on the R&B Charts.

Gerald Alston:  Alston was already inducted into the R&B Hall as the lead singer of the Manhattans in 2015, and this is for his solo career, which yielded three top 40 Hits on the R&B Charts.

Ruby Andrews:  Andrews was an R&B star in the late 60s and early 70s, with her top tune being “Casanova (Your Playing Days Are Over), which went #9 on the R&B Chart in 1967.

Brook Benton:  Benton was a major force on the R&B Chart throughout the late 50s, 60s and early 70s hitting number 1 seven times, the top ten 20 times.  He crossed over to the mainstream often, with eight top ten hit son the Billboard Top 100.

Peabo Bryson:  Bryson was the master of romantic hit songs in his day, and he won two Grammy Awards for his work.  He had nine top ten hits on the R&B Charts, with two number ones; “Show & Tell” and “Can You Stop the Rain”.  Bryson also topped the mainstream chart in 1992, with the theme from Aladdin, “A Whole New World”.

G.C. Cameron:  Cameron was the lead singer of the Spinners during the height of their Motown years, and remained with the label as a solo after the group left. 

The Debonaires:  Comprising of cousins, Joyce Wilson and Telma Hopkins, the Debonaires had their own musical career before joining Tony Orlando, as Tony Orlando & Dawn.

Jermaine Dupri:  Dupri had a number one record “Life in 1472” and number one song “I Think They Like Me” on the R&B Charts, but is best known for his work as a producer, generating 18 R&B number ones for a plethora of musical legends.

Gwen Foxx:  Foxx has one of the widest ranges of any inductee and has done a lot of background work supporting the Detroit music scene.

Hall & Oates:  Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014, the Philadelphia-based duo had five number ones on the Mainstream Chart, one of which, “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)” also topped the R&B Chart.

Thelma Houston:  Best known for her Grammy-winning smash, “Don’t Leave Me This Way”, Houston had a slew of other top 40 R&B hits.

Linda Jones:  Jones left us at the tender age of 27 in 1972, falling victim to a diabetic coma, but she left behind a brief, but powerful catalogue of most emotional soul singing you ever heard.

King Arthur:  Arthur was an early hip-hop and mix tape star.

Clyde McPhatter:  McPhatter was the first member of the two-time club in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, having been inducted as a solo, and with the Drifters.  This induction means that he accomplished the same feat in the R&B Hall.  

Sam Moore:  One half of the already inducted (both the Rock Hall and R&B Hall) Sam & Dave, Moore had a respectable solo career in his own right.

New Edition:  The group, which comprised of Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Bobby Brown, Ronnie DeVoe, Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant, were huge I the 1980s, and all members would have separate success.  They had five number ones and 15 Top Ten hits on the R&B Charts.

Ronnie Nelson:  Nelson was a Detroit-based drummer who was the former Musical Director for the Temptations.

Priscilla Price:  Price had a solid run of R&B success in the 1970s.

Dee Dee Sharp:  Sharp is best known for her 1962 #1 R&B Hit, “Mashed Potato Time” and had three other top ten hits.

Dusty Springfield:  Springfield became a Rock and Roll Hall Fame in 1999, and enters mostly on the strength of her smash album, “Dusty in Memphis”.

The Stubbs Girls: This is the family of the legendary Levi Stubbs.

Sweet Boogie Productions:

Dee Dee Warwick:  The sister of Dionne Warwick, Dee Dee had eight top 40 R&B Hits throughout the 1960s and 1970s.

The ceremony is set to take place on September 24 at the Bridge Center in Detroit, Michigan.

The R&B Hall of Fame first came to existence in 2010.

We here at would like to congratulate the newest members of the R&B Hall of Fame.

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