Sam Gooden – American soul singer. He is best known for being an original member of the successful group The Impressions from its beginnings as The Roosters in the 1950s.
Bobby Purify – American soul singer.
Horace Silver – American jazz pianist, composer, and arranger, particularly in the hard bop style that he helped pioneer in the 1950s. After playing tenor saxophone and piano at school in Connecticut, Silver got his break on piano when his trio was recruited by Stan Getz in 1950.
Joe Simon – American soul and R&B musician. He began as a Gospel artist singing with the Golden West Singers in the Bay Area in California.