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Music

Popular music of the 1960s

1960s soul music

1960s soul music was a style of black American music characterised by:

A young Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson in The Jackson Five

  • gospel influenced vocals
  • lyrical soulful melodies
  • an emphasis on the rhythm section
  • large horn sections (trumpets, saxophones and trombones)

The most famous record labels were Tamla Motown, Stax and Atlantic.

Tamla Motown was an all black record company set up by Berry Gordy in Detroit.

Artists included The Four Tops and The Jackson Five. Stax was based in Memphis. Artists included Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett.

Listen to this sample from My Lover's Prayer by Otis Redding. Notice the soulful gospel-influenced singing and the prominent horn section.

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