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Honey Cone


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Edna Wright, Carolyn Willis, and Shellie Clark comprised the vocal trio Honey Cone, which only stayed together for four years but was still one of the best female soul groups of the early ’70s. Although Honey Cone (which lead singer Wright formed in 1969) was based in Los Angeles, their recordings were Northern-style soul — specifically, Detroit soul. Martha & the Vandellas and the Marvelettes — two of the female vocal groups that epitomized Motown Records’ sound in the ’60s — were among Honey Cone’s main influences, and the group (which favored a blend of sweetness and grit) worked closely with three producer/songwriters who used to work at Motown: Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, and Eddie Holland. However, Honey Cone’s members had been in the music industry before they joined forces with the famous Holland/DozierHolland team. Willis (born 1946, Los Angeles, CA) had been with Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans, who were known for ’60s hits like “Why Do Lovers Break Each Other’s Heart?” and “Not Too Young to Get Married.” Clark (born in 1943, Brooklyn, NY) was an ex-member of the Ikettes, (Ike & Tina Turner’s female backup singers), while Wright (born 1944, Los Angeles, CA) had been with the Blossoms. In fact, Wright’s older sister is singer/actress Darlene Love, who was a member of Bob B.


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  • BJBooth

    This ain't disco, this IS Northern Soul, 70's style. They rivalled The Marvellettes and a few others and no group had a better afro, what a beauty.

    9 Mar 2013 Reply
  • KYCHmusic

    What ever happened to Disco; like Studio 54, Kool and the Gang, village People

    10 Nov 2012 Reply
  • i_love_mangos

    WTH is "northern style soul " though? I tell you these "terms" for music on here baffle me

    14 Nov 2011 Reply
  • jeffreeh

    Sweet soulful music <3

    29 Sep 2011 Reply
  • KazEMakas3

    trully underrated !!!

    4 Sep 2011 Reply
  • MusiQ3985

    Their first album is quite solid, and the follow-ups are equally cool.

    9 Jan 2011 Reply
  • GratefulFrog


    3 Oct 2010 Reply
  • mickeyglitter

    Absolute <3

    23 Aug 2010 Reply
  • ldexterldesign


    1 Apr 2010 Reply
  • beartrash69

    I just discovered them and I'm amazed, Sunday Morning People, It's better to have love and lost, Take my Love, Are you man enough, Deaf, Blind and Paralyzed All great songs.

    27 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Z_O_N_E

    mad underrated!

    6 Mar 2009 Reply
  • enfieldchris

    The Day That I Lost You... that's the day I found myself

    18 Feb 2008 Reply
  • BananaPants

    Wanted: Young man single and free, experience in love preferred but will accept a young trainee!

    11 Sep 2007 Reply
  • somnambulance

    it ain't easy, girls; it ain't easy

    23 Oct 2006 Reply

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