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    Motown artists sound a likes?

    I know that JJ Barnes sounds very similar to Marvin

    Are there other artists that have been dead ringers for other Motown stars?

    Is there a singer that sounds exactly like David Ruffin or Stevie Wonder or Diana Ross?

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    James Hunter (lead on James Hunter Six) - Marvin/Al Green
    At least (2) artists sound like Stevie! Can't remember their names, though. One had Stevie do a harmonica solo on a track! (You're The Only One That I Need)
    An artist that could very well do a DRATS tribute! She was recording back in the mid-70's. Irma-something. I think.(not Irma Thomas)

    All I have for now.

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    Barry White co-wrote and produced It May Be Winter Outside on Felice Taylor in 1966. The arrangement and the coos were very much like the Supremes' records.
    Last edited by nabob; 07-06-2019 at 08:08 PM.

  4. I always had the feeling Ric Tic was hoping for a Diana Ross-type artist in Rose Batiste. Maybe it's just me...

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    We can't forget Deon Jackson's classic "Love Makes The World Go Round" (which sounds a lot like Smokey Robinson in spots).

    https://youtu.be/ETkVz2M092M

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    John Valenti (lead singer of Motown group Puzzle) sounds a lot like Stevie!


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    Steve Parks is a bit of a Smokey soundalike!


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    Quote Originally Posted by TomatoTom123 View Post
    John Valenti (lead singer of Motown group Puzzle) sounds a lot like Stevie!

    Oh boy Tom, you're right! Definitely very Stevie-ish with his voice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WaitingWatchingLookingForAChance View Post
    I always had the feeling Ric Tic was hoping for a Diana Ross-type artist in Rose Batiste. Maybe it's just me...
    No, I hear it.

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    Tom, you hit that nail right on the head for both Stevie AND Smokey!

  11. Quote Originally Posted by RanRan79 View Post
    No, I hear it.
    thanks for that! sometimes you don't trust your own ears...

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    Quote Originally Posted by RanRan79 View Post
    Oh boy Tom, you're right! Definitely very Stevie-ish with his voice.
    Definitely RanRan


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    Thanks Gary!!!

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    One of the Stevie sound,-a-likes is PJ Morton.
    Diana? Not Irma, but Suzee Keda. She was actually a Motown artist!

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    Motown’s very own, the late Syreeta Wright definitely had a very Diana-ish quality to her voice. I loved her set of previously unreleased tunes on ACE and can easily see why BG wanted her to replace Ross in the group.

    Also Oma Page/Hurd sounded very Mary Wells-like.

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    In early 1967, a studio group sounding somewhat like Diana Ross & The Supremes did a Ban Deodorant radio commercial that seemed a bit like a mash-up of Baby Love and Love Is Here And Now You're Gone.

    While the voices and the repeated "ooh-oohs" of the verse created a general impression, the specific connection came in the bridge with this:

    (vocal) "Ban gets you through the longest day; Ban has the stuff to stay and stay..."
    (spoken) "Stay and stay...[hiccup-type sound like those after the spoken passages in Love Is Here...]

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    Steve mancha sounded like marvin...george benson sounds like stevie.

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