Rawls' recording was a superbly soulful, horn-fuelled slice of real life.
The lyrics of 'Nightshift' united Gaye with another soul giant, Jackie Wilson, who had died just three months earlier in 1984.
Freeman had his own hit with the song at 18 and saw it covered by everyone from the Beach Boys to John Lennon.
The founder of Motown Records was born in the city he helped make synonymous with soulfulness, Detroit, on 28 November 1929.
After top ten R&B hits with Honest I Do and I'm Gonna Get You Baby, Jimmy Reed entered Billboard's R&B chart for 5 January 1959 with I Told You Baby.
Late in 1960, the first female star produced by the still-emerging company was making her R&B chart debut with 'Bye Bye Baby.'
An appreciation of the British TV producer, actor, producer and force of nature.
Listen to some of the well-known and more obscure entries on Billboard's first-ever Hot 100, for the week of 4 August 1958.
Those who bought Jackie Wilson's Reet Petite single got to hear Jackie's version of a song that predated World War I, By The Light Of The Silvery Moon.
A history of Detroit music is wider-ranging than almost any other city’s. Everything from blues to soul and techno calls Motor City home…
His 1967 smash had to wait until two years later to become a UK hit, but then it made up for lost time.
“This swinger was worth waiting for,” said Billboard, but 'This Love Is Real' would mark the end of an era for the masterful entertainer.
uDiscover talks to the American hitmaker and singer-songwriter about her storied career.
Ware also wrote for many of the leading names in the R&B world, including the Isley Brothers and Quincy Jones, and made many fine records in his own name.
R&B giant Jackie Wilson is to have a street named after him in his birthplace of Detroit.