(from 2008 on WTIT: The Blog) WTIT: The Blog today brings you our featured
called
A DJ’s Take and another of our "Best of" lists. Today we bring you our
Top 10 Male R&B Singers of all time. Today, we will do R&B Malle Singers in the
future. We will give you the artist and a bit of their bio. Let’s cue up today's
A
DJ's Take!

10. Michael Jackson started with The Jackson 5, his brothers. Their biggest hits
were “ABC” and “I Want You Back”. Before the weirdness (which we can’t ignore
and is why he is this low on our list) his solo career included one of the best and
biggest selling albums of all time, “Thriller”. In the mid-80’s he was a huge
superstar. When he fell, he fell hard. He was working on a comeback when he
passed away in 2009 at the age of 50.



9. Phillip Bailey was the lead vocalist of Earth, Wind and Fire. Phillip was born in
1951. Earth, Wind & Fire's biggest hits included, “Reasons”, “Shining Star”,
“Head to the Sky” and “Fantasy”. He had a less successful solo career with his
biggest hit being “Easy Lover” with Phil Collins. His latest album was released in
2002




8. Otis Redding was born in 1941. He was not with us long. He started recording
in the early 60’s and as “(Sitting On) The Dock of the Bay” became his biggest
hit, Otis was killed in a plane crash in December 1967.




7. Lionel Richie was born in 1949 in Alabama. He started as the lead singer of
The Commodores in the early seventies. The Commodores had hits including
“Three Times a Lady, “Brickhouse” and “Easy”. In the 80’s Lionel began a solo
career that was just as big. He had a monster hit with Diana Ross in 1981
“Endless Love”.



6. Levi Stubbs was born Levi Stubbles in 1936. My favorite Motown group were
The Four Tops. Levi was their lead singer from their inception until he found out
he had cancer in 1995. “Reach Out, I’ll Be There”, “I Can’t Help Myself”, “Baby I
Need Your Loving” and “It’s the Same Old Song” were just a few of the Four
Tops hits. He was their only lead singer until his retirement. Levi passed away in
2008.




5. David Ruffin was not in The Temptations at the very beginning, joining in
1964. He was with them in their heyday. David was born in 1941. “My Girl”, “Ain’t
Too Proud to Beg” and “I Wish It Would Rain” are some of his lead vocals with
The Temps. He left The Temptations in 1968 and did not return until the 1984
reunion tour and left for good after the concerts. He died in June of 1991 and
Aretha and Stevie Wonder performed at his funeral.




4. Eddie Kendrick was born in 1939 and was in The Temptations from the start
from 1961 to 1971. He rejoined for 1982 as the original band got back together
briefly. He was the lead singer on many Temps classics including “The Way You
Do the Thing You Do”, “Just My Imagination” and “Get Ready”. In his solo career
“Keep on Trucking" was as big a number one song as he had. Eddie passed
away from cancer in 1992.




3. Marvin Gaye was born in 1939. His major hits during the Motown years
included “Aint That Peculiar” and “How Sweet It is to Be Loved By You”. One of
his biggest hits Motown founder Berry Gordy hated and refused to release. It
was a song about social and political change in 1971. Gordy relented and when
“What’s Going On” was a huge hit he told Marvin he would never question his
choices again. On April 1, 1984 Marvin was shot to death by his father during an
argument.


2. Smokey Robinson was born in 1940. With his band, The Miracles from 1960
to 1971, Smokey cranked out the hits including “I Second the Emotion” and “You
Really Got a Hold on Me”. He wrote and produced for other Motown groups. It’s
a long list but right at the top is “My Girl” recorded by The Temptations.





1. Stevie Wonder born Steveland Morris in 1950, Stevie has had us since his
first release of “Fingertips, Part 2” in 1963. He had megahits in the Motown era
like “If You Really Love Me” or "I Was Made to Love Her", had incredible
complex albums like “Talking Book” and “Innervision” in the 70’s and just never
stopped. Stevie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 along
with The Stones.
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