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From the Land of Band Box Records

The Soul label kicked off in the summer of 1964 with Shorty Long’s “Devil With The Blue Dress On” a song which reached the furthest outskirts of the Hot 100 at number 125, but would later be a significant hit record for Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels in 1966 (#4) coupled as a medley with Little Richard’s “Good Golly Miss Molly.”  Soul would join Motown’s “Big Four” (Tamla, Motown & Gordy being the other three).  Jr. Walker and the All Stars would anchor the label through its entire run (1964-1978), with Gladys Knight & The Pips signing on in mid 1966 to contribute a memorable string of chart hits.

Walker first came to the attention of Berry Gordy in 1962 via Gordy close associate and singer Harvey Fuqua and was signed to Fuqua’s Harvey record label along with some very obscure artists.  Gladys Knight & The Pips were a Detroit group who had several releases starting in 1960 with Vee Jay, Fury and Maxx records before joining the Berry Gordy family for a great run.  Unlike many other Motown artists – The Pips were not unfamiliar with success having scored a #1 R&B hit (#4 Hot 100) with “Every Beat of My Heart” in mid 1961.  And unlike several others they went on to considerable success after their Motown years with 15 Hot 100 hits including several Top Ten hits and a #1 “Midnight Train to Georgia”.  The group enjoyed 10 R&B Chart number ones.

In the later years, Soul Records would place a lot of faith in The Originals, releasing 15 singles – but not experiencing the success of Walker or the Pips.

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Shorty Long – July, 1964 – #26 (#125) – The first Soul 45 released by Motown charts.

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Jimmy Ruffin – July, 1964

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Jr. Walker & The All Stars – August, 1964

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Sammy Ward – August, 1964

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Shorty Long – August, 1964

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Earl Van Dyke – August, 1964 – Van Dyke’s Soul Label releases were essentially recordings by Motown’s instrumental backing musicians – The Funk Brothers

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Jr. Walker & The All Stars – February, 1965 – #1 (#4) – The All Stars were the only Soul Label act to have a picture sleeve release – two of them – the other for their rendition of “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)”.

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The Hit Pack – March, 1965

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The Freeman Brothers – March, 1965

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Jr. Walker & The All Stars –  December, 1965 – #10 (#26)

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Jr. Walker & The All Stars – August, 1965 – #7 (#43)

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Earl Van Dyke & The Soul Brothers – September, 1965

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Jr. Walker & The All Stars – April, 1966 – #4 (#20)

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Jimmy Ruffin – October, 1965

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Jr. Walker & The All Stars – January, 1966 – #14 (#50)

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Frank Wilson – December, 1965 – Below image is a bootleg copy – b/w “Sweeter As The Days Go By”

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Shorty Long – October, 1966 – #42 (#97)

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Jimmy Ruffin – August, 1966 – #6 (#7)  – Brother of David Ruffin – co-leader singer for the Temptations

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Gladys Knight & The Pips – June, 1966

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Jr. Walker & The All Stars – August, 1966 – #3 (#18)

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Jr. Walker & The All Stars – November, 1966 – #36 (#52)

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Jimmy Ruffin – December, 1966 – #10 (#17)

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Earl Van Dyke & The Motown Brass – December, 1966 – Yet another name for the Funk Brothers

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The Originals – December, 1966

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Jr. Walker & The All Stars – March, 1967 – #3 (#11)

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Shorty Long – January, 1967

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Jimmy Ruffin – April, 1967 – #14 (#29)

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Gladys Knight & The Pips – March, 1967

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Gladys Knight & The Pips – July, 1967 – #3 (#39)

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Jimmy Ruffin – August, 1967 – #27 (#68)

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Jr. Walker & The All Stars – August, 1967 – #33 (#44)

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The Messengers – September, 1967

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Barbara Randolph – September, 1967

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Gladys Knight & The Pips – October, 1967 – #1 (#2)

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Shorty Long – March, 1968 – #42 (#75)

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Jr. Walker & The All Stars – December, 1967 – #8 (#24)

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Gladys Knight & The Pips – February, 1968 – #5 (#15)

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Jimmy Ruffin – February, 1968

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Shorty Long – June, 1968 – #4 (#8)

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Gladys Knight & The Pips – June, 1968 – #9 (#40)

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Jimmy Ruffin – June, 1968

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Gladys Knight & The Pips – September, 1968 – #15 (#41)

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Jr. Walker & The All Stars – August, 1968 – #7 (#31)

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The Monitors – August, 1968

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Barbara Randolph – August, 1968

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Abdulla – October, 1968

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The Fantastic Four – September, 1968 – #12 (#56)

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Jimmy Ruffin – November, 1968

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Shorty Long – February, 1969

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Jr. Walker & The All Stars – February, 1969 – #2 (#29)

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The Originals – January, 1969

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Gladys Knight & The Pips – March, 1969 – #11 (#63)

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The Fantastic Four – February, 1969

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Earl Van Dyke – March, 1969

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Jimmy Ruffin – October, 1969

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The Originals – May, 1969

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Jr. Walker & The All Stars – May, 1969 – #1 (#4)

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Gladys Knight & The Pips – July, 1969 – #2 (#19) – Shirley Ellis had taken this song to number 7 in 1963 on the Congress label

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Shorty Long – August, 1969

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The Fantastic Four – September, 1969

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The Originals – September, 1969 – #1 (#14)

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Jr. Walker & The All Stars – November, 1969 – #3 (#16) – Canada’s Guess Who took this to #6 on the Hot 100 charts earlier in 1969

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Gladys Knight & The Pips – November, 1969 – #2 (#17)

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The Originals – February, 1970 – #4 (#12)

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Jr. Walker & The All Stars – February, 1970 – #2 (#21)

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Gladys Knight & The Pips – April, 1970 – #3 (#25)

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The Fantastic Four – April, 1970

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Jr. Walker & The All Stars – July, 1970 – #3 (#32)

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The Originals – August, 1970 – #20 R&B

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Yvonne Fair – September, 1970 – After this release on Soul Yvonne would move over to the Motown label

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David & Jimmy Ruffin – October, 1970 – #24 (#61)

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Jimmy Ruffin – December, 1970

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Gladys Knight & The Pips – November, 1970 – #1 (#9)

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The Originals – January, 1971 – #14 (#53)

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Joe Hinton – January, 1971 – This is not the Joe Hinton who scored big with “Funny” in 1964.  He passed away in 1968 – The Soul Records Joe Hinton only had this one release with the Motown family.

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Jr. Walker & The All Stars – January, 1971 – #33 (#75)

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David & Jimmy Ruffin – March, 1971

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Gladys Knight & The Pips – June, 1971 – #2 (#17)

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Jr. Walker & The All Stars – August, 1971 – #18 (#50)

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The Originals – July, 1971

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Popcorn Wylie – August, 1971

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Jr. Walker & The All Stars – December, 1971 – #24 (#52)

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Gladys Knight & The Pips – December, 1971 – #3 (#27)

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Jimmy Ruffin – June, 1971

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The Originals – January, 1972

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Gladys Knight & The Pips – March, 1972 – #13 (#33)

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Jr. Walker & The All Stars – April, 1972 – #10 (#46)

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Edwin Starr – August, 1972

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Jr. Walker & The All Stars – August, 1972 – #46 R&B

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Gladys Knight & The Pips – January, 1973 – #1 (#2)

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Edwin Starr – August, 1972 – Starr had found a good degree of success over on the Gordy label prior his releases on Soul – none of which entered the charts.

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The Originals – April, 1973

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Edwin Starr – March, 1973

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Jr. Walker & The All Stars – February, 1973 – #50 (#101)

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Gladys Knight & The Pips – May, 1973 – February, 1973 – #2 (#19)

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Jr. Walker & The All Stars – May, 1973

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Gladys Knight & The Pips – May, 1973 – #2 (#19)

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Jr. Walker & The All Stars – July, 1973

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The Originals – September, 1973

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Jr. Walker & The All Stars – May, 1974

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Gladys Knight & The Pips – June, 1974 – #45 (#57)

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The Originals – January, 1974

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The Originals – May, 1974 b/w “Game Called Love”

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The Originals – November, 1974

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Jr. Walker – February, 1976 – First single credited w/o The All Stars

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Jr. Walker – May, 1976 (Commercial Release)

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The Originals – October, 1976 – #93 (#47)

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Jamal Trice – November, 1976

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Jr. Walker – August, 1977

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Major Lance – March, 1978 “I Never Thought I’d Be Losing You” b/w “Chicago Disco” – The final Soul Label release for Motown

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