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Today’s Soul Birthdays – January 26
Bettye Lavette – American soul singer-songwriter who made her first record at sixteen, but achieved only intermittent fame until 2005, with her album I’ve Got My Own Hell to Raise. Her eclectic musical style combines elements of soul, blues, rock and roll, funk, gospel, and country music.
Anita Baker – American singer-songwriter. She is regarded as one of the most popular singers of soulful romantic ballads during the height of the quiet storm period of contemporary R&B in the 1980s.
Jazzie B – British DJ and music producer. He is the founder of Soul II Soul.
Deon Jackson – American soul singer and songwriter. Jackson was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He performed in vocal groups and as a soloist while he attended Ann Arbor High School, and was signed by producer Ollie McLaughlin while still in school.
Jean Knight – American soul, R&B and funk singer, best known for her 1971 Stax Records hit single, “Mr. Big Stuff”.