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R&B: From Doo Wop to Hip Hop

R&B: From Doo Wop to Hip Hop

To commemorate the end of the century, Sony Music assembled the gargantuan 26-disc box set Sony Music 100 Years: Soundtrack for a Century. The title was imposing, as was the idea behind it -- to chronicle the life of the oldest record label in the music industry. To be clear, Sony Music has not existed for 100 years, but the heart of its catalog, Columbia


To commemorate the end of the century, Sony Music assembled the gargantuan 26-disc box set Sony Music 100 Years: Soundtrack for a Century. The title was imposing, as was the idea behind it -- to chronicle the life of the oldest record label in the music industry. To be clear, Sony Music has not existed for 100 years, but the heart of its catalog, Columbia Records, was founded early in the 20th century. Sony acquired Columbia and its various subsidiaries in the late '80s, purchasing one of the richest catalogs in pop history, as the box set proves again and again. Sony realized that most consumers wouldn't invest in a 26-disc box, no matter how impressive it was, so they simultaneously released a series of 12 genre-specific double-disc sets that culled highlights from the box. That left two discs exclusive to the box, which was appropriate, since anyone who spends over $300 on an album deserves a little bonus. As it turns out, the double-disc sets are every bit as impressive as the big box, perhaps more so, because they're easily digestible. Even so, the scope of the 39-track R&B: From Doo Wop to Hip Hop is impressive. Columbia and its subsidiaries had some good R&B acts in the late '50s and early '60s, but they didn't really catch fire until the late '60s, when Sly & the Family Stone came aboard; before that, they didn't know quite what to do with gigantic talents like Aretha Franklin. By the '90s, Columbia/Epic/Philadelphia International, etc. had produced no shortage of classics, as this set proves: "It's Your Thing," "Back Stabbers," "Me and Mrs. Jones," "Best of My Love," "Got to Be Real," "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough," "Sexual Healing," "I Can't Live Without My Radio," "Bring the Noise," "Jump," "Fantasy," "Fu-Gee-La." There are some major omissions, not only in artists but in styles -- strangely, more so than in any of the other sets in this series -- but it still gives a good idea of the progression of R&B to soul to funk to disco to urban to hip-hop. And it has some great, great music along the way.

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kris Kross   Track Performer
Professor Griff   Voices
Public Enemy   Track Performer
Big Maybelle   Vocals,Track Performer
Philip Bailey   Background Vocals
Babyface   Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
C+C Music Factory   Track Performer
Earth, Wind & Fire   Track Performer
Emotions   Track Performer
Aretha Franklin   Vocals,Track Performer
Marvin Gaye   Organ,Synthesizer,Drums,Glockenspiel,Vocals,Track Performer,fender rhodes,Orchestra Bells
Isley Brothers   Track Performer
Ernie Isley   Bass
Jackson 5   Track Performer
Michael Jackson   Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Walter Jackson   Track Performer
Lisa Lisa   Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Cheryl Lynn   Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Manhattans   Track Performer
Teena Marie   Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Harold Melvin   Background Vocals,Track Performer
Billy Paul   Vocals,Track Performer
Teddy Pendergrass   Vocals
Minnie Riperton   Vocals,Track Performer
Sly & The Family Stone   Track Performer
Johnnie Taylor   Vocals,Track Performer
Luther Vandross   Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Chuck Willis   Track Performer
Nat Adderley   Keyboards
Quincy Jones   Conductor
Jerome Richardson   Alto Saxophone
Lawrence Brown   Background Vocals
Gerald Alston   Vocals
David J   Background Vocals
Full Force   Track Performer
Roy Hamilton   Vocals,Track Performer
O'Jays   Track Performer
Mickey Baker   Guitar
Gary Chester   Drums
Larry Graham   Bass,Vocals
Martha Wash   Background Vocals
Don Hill   Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Ricks   Bass (Vocal)
Jackie Jackson   Background Vocals
Milt Trenier   Background Vocals
Ravens   Track Performer
George Duvivier   Bass
Nas   Vocals,Track Performer
Fugees   Track Performer
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony   Track Performer
Tawatha Agee   Percussion,Background Vocals
Gordon Banks   Guitar,Background Vocals
Bashiri Johnson   Conga
Kitty Beethoven   Background Vocals
Regina Belle   Vocals,Track Performer
Errol Crusher Bennett   Percussion
George Bohannon   Trombone
Oscar Brashear   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Billy Byers   Trombone
Mariah Carey   Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Casamenti   Guitar
Roland Chambers   Guitar
Charles Veal   Strings
Cissy Houston   Background Vocals
Robert Clivillés   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Michelle Cobbs   Background Vocals
David Cole   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Deborah Cooper   Background Vocals
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Ricky Crespo   Keyboards
Donna Davis   Background Vocals
Craig Derry   Background Vocals
Detroit Horns   Horn
Richard Dickler   Viola
Don Renaldo   Strings,Horn
Larry Dunn   Keyboards,Electric Piano,fender rhodes
Bobby Eli   Guitar
Greg Errico   Drums
Jack Faith   Saxophone
Chuck Findley   Trumpet
Flavor Flav   Treble
Michael Forman   Bass
Panama Francis   Drums
Alan Friedman   Drums
Harvey Fuqua   Background Vocals
Louis Gabowitz   Violin
James Gadson   Drums
Paul Gershman   Violin
Felix Giglio   Violin
Jim Gilstrap   Background Vocals
Harry Glickman   Violin
Gorgoni   Guitar
Johnny Graham   Guitar
Gary Grant   Trumpet
Dennis Harris   Guitar
Norman Harris   Guitar
Screamin' Jay Hawkins   Vocals,Track Performer
Ernie Hayes   Piano
Haywood Henry   Baritone Saxophone
Richard Heath   Percussion
Marlo Henderson   Guitar
Jerry Hey   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Horn
Jim Hinger   Background Vocals
Telma Hopkins   Background Vocals
Leon Huff   Piano
Michael Hughes   Rap
Kim Hutchcroft   Flute,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Sheila Hutchinson   Vocals
Wanda Hutchinson   Background Vocals
O'Kelly Isley   Background Vocals
Ronald Isley   Vocals
Rudolph Isley   Background Vocals
Larry Jackson   Saxophone
Randy Jackson   Percussion,Background Vocals
Tito Jackson   Background Vocals
Skyler Jett   Background Vocals
Mortonette Jenkins   Background Vocals
Augie Johnson   Background Vocals
Louis Johnson   Bass
Woody Johnson   Drums
Melisa Kary   Background Vocals
Ron Kersey   Keyboards
LL Cool J   Vocals,Track Performer
Yolanda Lee   Background Vocals
Eddie Levert   Background Vocals
Yvonne Lewis   Background Vocals
Herb Lovelle   Drums
Buddy Lucas   Alto Saxophone
James Mtume   Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Clarence McDonald   Clavinet
Paulette McWilliams   Vocals (Rhythm)
Steve Madaio   Trumpet
Rose Mann   Background Vocals
Jerry Martini   Saxophone
McKay   Rhythm Guitar
Robert Mersey   Conductor
Marcus Miller   Bass
Vince Montana   Vibes
Sidney Muldrow   French Horn
Don Myrick   Saxophone
David Paich   Keyboards
Lenny Pakula   Organ
Ray Parker   Guitar
George Patterson   Saxophone
Richard Perissi   French Horn
Greg Phillinganes   Electric Piano
William Powell   Background Vocals
Duran Ramos   Background Vocals
Claytoven Richardson   Background Vocals
Paul Riser   Strings,Horn
Cynthia Robinson   Trumpet
John "J.R." Robinson   Drums
Richard Rudolph   Guitar
Jimmy Shirley   Guitar
Alan Shulman   Cello
Anthony Sophos   Cello
David Soyer   Cello
Charles Stepney   Synthesizer,Piano
Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Freddie Stone   Guitar,Vocals
Rose Stone   Piano
Terminator   Leader
Treniers   Track Performer
Sybil Thomas   Background Vocals
Lloyd Trotman   Bass
Harry Urbont   Violin
Pamela Vincent   Background Vocals
Gerald Vinci   Concert Master
Larry Washington   Percussion
Brenda White   Background Vocals
Vincent DeRosa   French Horn
Pony   Track Performer
Xscape   Track Performer
Ed Moore   Gut String Banjo
David L. Newman   Violin
Maxwell   Voices,Track Performer
Sidney Brecher   Viola
Gerry Charles   Background Vocals
Winfred "Blue" Lovett   Bass (Vocal)
David Martin   Piano
John Mosley   Saxophone
Walter Afanasieff   Bass,Keyboards
Theodore Cohen   Vibes
Willie Collins   Bass
Jerry Cummings   Background Vocals
Jeanette Hutchinson   Background Vocals
Bud Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Maithe Marshall   Tenor (Vocal)
Alex Moseley   Keyboards
Leonard Puzey   Tenor (Vocal)
Ginuwine   Vocals,Background Vocals
Cat Heads   Bass
Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes   Track Performer
Lady G   Background Vocals
Wyclef Jean   Vocals,Background Vocals
Toro Negro   Electric Piano
Louis Heyward   Baritone (Vocal)
Manuel Lecuona   Background Vocals
Philip Field   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Raymond Jackson   Bass,Background Vocals
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone
Kelly Price   Background Vocals
Curtis Bedeau   Keyboards
Krayzie Bone   Vocals,Background Vocals
Kandi Burruss   Vocals,Background Vocals
Victoria Clamp   Background Vocals
Gene Gilbeaux   Piano
Edward Thomas   Guitar
Claude Trenier   Background Vocals
Cliff Trenier   Background Vocals
LaTocha Scott   Vocals,Background Vocals
Tamika Scott   Vocals,Background Vocals
Walter Spriggs   Bongos
Bizzy Bone   Vocals,Background Vocals
Ken Kelly   Tenor (Vocal)
Wish Bone   Vocals,Background Vocals
Layzie Bone   Vocals,Background Vocals
Curtis Pope   Trumpet
Brian George   Drums
Georg "Jojje" Wadenius   Guitar
Ronnie Baker   Bass
Royals   Track Performer
Dave Shields   Bass
Charles Holloway   Vocals
Kevin Bass   Background Vocals
Walt Bass   Background Vocals
Harold Bernstein   Conductor
Richard Bivins   Tenor (Vocal)
Trip Boyd   Background Vocals
Marc Brown   Violin
Junior Clarke   Keyboards
Zelma David   Background Vocals
Bernard Eighenbaum   Violin
Lou George   Background Vocals
Glen Goines   Guitar
David Hudson   Vocals
Herb Rooney   Piano
Charles "Skip" Pitts   Guitar
Alan Robinson   French Horn
Richard Taylor   Baritone (Vocal)

Technical Credits

Anthrax   Composer
Babyface   Producer
Adrian Belew   Composer
Earth, Wind & Fire   Arranger
Marvin Gaye   Arranger,Producer
Isley Brothers   Producer
Michael Jackson   Composer,Producer,rhythm arrangement,Percussion Arrangement
Teena Marie   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement,Synthesizer Arrangements
Luther Vandross   Producer,rhythm arrangement
Nat Adderley   rhythm arrangement
Quincy Jones   Arranger,Producer
Full Force   Producer
Steven Berkowitz   Executive Producer
Freedom Williams   Composer
Thom Bell   Arranger
Mariah Carey   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Chuck D   Composer
Robert Clivillés   Composer,Producer,keyboard arrangements
David Cole   Producer
Sean "Puffy" Combs   Remixing
Ted Cooper   Producer
Tommy Cowan   Composer
Sunny David   Composer
Don Davis   Arranger
Jermaine Dupri   Programming,Producer
Chris Frantz   Composer
Alan Friedman   Programming
Kenny Gamble   Producer
Screamin' Jay Hawkins   Composer
Leon Huff   Producer
Marvin Isley   Composer
O'Kelly Isley   Composer
Ronald Isley   Composer
Rudolph Isley   Composer
Kathryn King   Editorial Production
Marty Paich   Arranger,Producer
Stuart Matthewman   Producer
Robert Mersey   Arranger,Producer
Narada Michael Walden   Arranger,Producer
Joe Nicolo   Programming
David Paich   Arranger,Producer
Greg Phillinganes   rhythm arrangement
L.A. Reid   Producer
Salaam Remi   Composer,Producer
Carl Ryder   Producer
Manuel Seal   Producer
Hank Shocklee   Composer,Programming,Producer
Daryl Simmons   Producer
Steven Stanley   Composer
Charles Stepney   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart   Arranger,Producer
Tom Tom 84   Arranger
David Van De Pitte   Arranger
Tina Weymouth   Composer
Eric "Vietnam" Sadler   Composer,Programming
Bill Sanford   Composer
Allen McGrier   Composer
Dave Williams   Composer
DJ U-Neek   Producer
Jerry Thomas   Tape Research
Fred Mirza   Synthesizer Arrangements
Walter Afanasieff   drum programming,Synthesizer Arrangements
Al Henderson   Composer
Pete Rock   Producer
Arnold Levine   Art Direction
Wyclef Jean   Composer
Timbaland   Producer
Janet Boye   Art Direction
David Katzenstein   Back Cover,Cover Photo
Lauryn Hill   Composer
Randall Martin   Label Design
Charlie Sarrica   Graphic Design
Sandy Lorenzo   Marketing
Pras   Composer
Musze   Producer
Rosemary Mulligan   Marketing
John Brooks   Composer
Tom Middleton   Composer
Brian "Bizzy" McCane   Composer
Bobby Martin   Arranger
Dave Hall   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Robert Eaton   Vocal Arrangements
S. Howse   Composer
C. Scruggs   Composer
Ron Juliano   Graphic Design
Dianne Spoto Shattuck   Marketing
Marni Elliott   Marketing
Gerald Early   Essay
Darren Salmieri   Copy Coordination
Marguerite Hisen   Marketing
Harold Bernstein   Arranger
Eddie Cerchoine   Tape Research
Judy Emerson   Tape Research
Paul George   Programming
June Shellene   Composer

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