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This post showcases seven examples of falsetto singing in songs recorded by African American R&B groups.
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(These examples are presented in chronological order based on their posting date on YouTube, with the oldest dated videos given first.)
Example #1: Earth, Wind and Fire - Reasons (live)
Guitarfx, Uploaded on Jul 29, 2006
EWF playing "Reasons" live at 1999 "Live By Request".
Falsetto vocalist: Phillip Bailey
Example #2: Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - Tracks Of My Tears
soulmusic87, Uploaded on Nov 8, 2008
A classic by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
Falsetto vocalist: Smokey Robinson
Example #3: You've Been My Inspiration - Main Ingredient
Danny Linden, Uploaded on Feb 19, 2011
The Main Ingredient reached the R&B Top 30 for the first time in 1970 with "You've Been My Inspiration."
Falsetto vocalist: Donald McPherson
Example #4: Delfonics - La La (Means I Love You) - Live
bze2nlz4, Uploaded on Jun 14, 2011
TOTP, July 1971. Left to right: William Hart, Major Harris, Wilbert Hart
Falsetto vocalist: Will Hart
Example #5: The Moments - Love On A Two Way Street.mp4
FulMetaJakit, Uploaded on Feb 26, 2012
Good healing medicine for a broken heart.
Falsetto vocalist: Billy Brown
Example #6: SOUL TRAIN SALUTES BLUE MAGIC
WAYNE BARROS, Published on Apr 15, 2013
THE HIPPEST TRIP IN AMERICA INTRODUCES BLUE MAGIC TO THE WORLD''
FOOTAGE CONTROLLED BY GLOBAL IMAGE WORKS
Falsetto vocalist: "Ted Wizard Mills"
Example #7: The Stylistics " Betcha By Golly, Wow " You Make Me Feel Brand New "
Oohbabyyeahbaby, Published on Apr 27, 2013
Soul Train 1974
your host Don Cornelius !
The Stylistics 3:29
" Betcha By Golly Wow " 0:20
" You Make Me Feel Brand New " 5:04
Falsetto vocalist: Russell Thompkins Jr
Thanks to these featured falsetto singers & their groups for their musical legacy. Thanks also to the publishers of these videos on YouTube.
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