Writer Paul Culshaw continues his exploration of the birth of soul music.

Vocal Groups were so involved in the progression in music from Rhythm ‘n’ Blues through Rock ‘n’ Roll then back to plain Rhythm ‘n’ Blues, then onto Soul and Motown music. One such group – The Dominoes  – had two members with the Soul ingredient in their voices.

The Dominoes vocal group were lead by Billy Ward. In the early Fifties they burst forth onto the musical stage with performances and recordings containing great sentiment and vitality. They shrieked, yelled, screamed and cried for no reason which created the passion-filled delivery of Rhythm ‘n’ Blues music.

The Dominoes style of R&B created mighty recordings that include ‘Do Something To M’e, ‘Chicken Blues’, ‘Weeping Willow Blues’, ‘Harbour Lights’, ‘Deacon Moves In’, ‘Have Mercy Baby’, ‘Pedal Pushin’ Papa’, ‘I’ll Be Satisfied’ and the immortal ‘Sixty Minute Man’.

Within The Dominos were two vocalists who had pure Soul in their voices – Jackie Wilson and Clyde McPhatter Both went on to have big solo careers and the career of Jackie Wilson grew to sky high proportions kicking off in 1957 when Jackie signed to Brunswick records and released the remarkable R&B killer-diller ‘Reet Petite’. The phenomenal impact that Jackie Wilson would have in Soul music defies belief.

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