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Last Updated 01-22-2019

Corinne Bailey Rae -- b.2/26/1979
Rhythm and Blues Singer, English

Raekwon -- b.1/12/1970
Group Names: Wu Tang Clan

Jerry Ragavoy -- b.9/4/1930 d.7/13/2011 (80)
Music Producer, Songwriter, Soul Singer

Carl Rainge -- b.??/??/???? d.3/6/2011 (74)
Rhythm and Blues Singer
Group Names: The Spaniels

Rakim -- b.1/28/1968

Shabba Ranks -- b.1/17/1966
Rapper, Jamaican
Names/Places: RN: Rexton Rawlston Fernando Gordon

Nathaniel Rateliff -- b.10/7/1978 N.S.
Soul Singer
Group Names: Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats

Lou Rawls -- b.12/1/1933 N.S. d.1/6/2006 N.S. (72)
Baptist, Actor, Music Producer, Blues Singer, Jazz Singer, Soul Singer
Names/Places: b. in Chicago, IL
Misc: some say b. 1934, 1935, 1937, or 1938

James Ray -- b.??/??/1941 d.??/??/1964
Rhythm and Blues Singer

Johnnie Ray -- b.1/10/1927 d.2/24/1990 (63)
Actor, Songwriter, Pianist, Rhythm and Blues Singer
Names/Places: b. in Dallas, OR; RN:John Alvin Ray; NN:The Prince of Wails

Michael (Rhythm And Blues) Ray -- b.12/24/1962
Rhythm and Blues Musician
Group Names: Kool & the Gang

Eugene Record -- b.12/23/1940 N.S. d.7/22/2005 N.S. (64)
Songwriter, Singer, Rhythm and Blues Performer
Group Names: Chi-Lites
Song Titles: Have You Seen Her

Red -- b.9/23/1979
Rap Music Performer
Group Names: Another Bad Creation

Otis Redding -- b.9/9/1941 N.S. d.12/10/1967 N.S. (26)
Music Producer, Composer, Songwriter, Pianist, Soul Singer
Names/Places: b. in Dawson, GA; d. in the crash of his private plane in Wisconsin
Song Titles: Sitting on the Dock of the Bay

Redfoo -- b.9/3/1975 N.S.
Hip-Pop Musician, Rapper
Names/Places: RN: Stefan Kendal Gordy
Misc: Dance-rock musician
Group Names: LMFAO

Redman -- b.4/17/1970
Actor, Music Producer, Rapper
Names/Places: RN: Reginald "Reggie" Noble
Group Names: Method Man and Redman, soloist

Frank Reed -- b.9/16/1954 N.S. d.2/26/2014 N.S. (59)
Rhythm and Blues Singer
Group Names: Chi-Lites (lead)

Herb Reed -- b.8/7/1928 d.6/4/2012 (83)
Rhythm and Blues Singer
Group Names: The Platters

Johnny Reed -- b.??/??/???? d.??/??/1950
Rhythm and Blues Singer
Group Names: The Orioles

Della Reese -- b.7/6/1931 N.S. d.11/19/2017 N.S. (86)
Minister, Actress, TV Talk Show Hostess, Gospel Singer, Adult-Pop Singer, Rhythm and Blues Singer
Names/Places: b. in Detroit; RN:Delloreese Patricia Early Taliaferro
Misc: some say b. 1932, but AP corrected to 1931
Group Names: Mahalia Jackson's Troupe, soloist
TV Shows: Chico & the Man (as Della Rogers), The A-Team (as Mr. T's ma), It Takes Two, Charlie & Company, The Royal Family (as Victoria Royal), Touched By An Angel (as Tess)

Lois Reeves -- b.4/12/1948
Rhythm and Blues Singer
Group Names: Martha and the Vandellas

Martha Reeves -- b.7/18/1941 N.S.
Politician, Rhythm and Blues Singer
Names/Places: b. in Detroit
Group Names: Martha Reeves & the Vandellas (lead)
Song Titles: Nowhere to Run, Heat Wave, Jimmy Mack, Dancing in the Street

Clarence Reid -- b.2/14/1939 d.1/17/2016 N.S. (76)
Music Producer, Arranger, Composer, Soul Singer

Remy Ma -- b.5/30/1980 N.S.
Rap Music Performer
Names/Places: RN: Reminisce Mackie

Residente -- b.2/23/1978 N.S.
Group Names: Calle 13

Busta Rhymes -- b.5/20/1972
Movie Actor, Rap Music Performer
Movie Titles: Shaft 2000

Mack Rice -- b.11/10/1933 N.S. d.6/27/2016 N.S. (82)
Songwriter, Rhythm and Blues Singer
Names/Places: aka Sir Mack Rice
Group Names: The Falcons
Song Titles: Respect Yourself (wrote with Luther Ingram), Mustang Sally (singer and songwriter)

Tony Rich -- b.11/19/1971
Songwriter, Rhythm and Blues Singer

Johnnie Richardson -- b.6/29/1935 d.10/25/1988 (53)
Rhythm and Blues Singer
Group Names: Jonnie & Joe

John Richbourg -- b.8/20/1910 d.2/15/1986 (75)
Radio Disc Jock, Soul Singer

Richie Rich -- b.3/1/1968
Names/Places: RN: Richard Serrell
Misc: no word if he ever got sued for unauthroized use of a comic book character name

Lionel Richie -- b.6/20/1949
Protestant, Music Producer, Songwriter, Tenor, Keyboardist, Pianist, Saxophonist, Soul Singer
Names/Places: b. in Tuskagee, AL; MN:Brockman Jr.
Misc: 5x Grammy wins; many say b. in 1950
Group Names: Commodores (lead), soloist
Song Titles: Machine Gun, Sweet Love, Just to Be Close to You, Easy, Brick House, Too Hot ta Trot, Three Times a Lady, Sail On, Still, Lady (You Bring Me Up), Oh No (previous titles as lead of The Commodores), Endless Love (with Diana Ross), Truly, You Are, My Love, All Night Long, Running with the Night, Hello, Stuck on You, Penny Lover, Say You Say Me, Dancing on the Ceiling
Album Titles: Hot on the Tracks, Commodores (aka Zoom in the U.K.), Natural High, Midnight Magic, Heroes, In the Pocket (previous titles as lead of The Commodores), Lionel Richie, Can't Slow Down, Dancing on the Ceiling

Tequan Richmond -- b.10/30/1992
Actor, Rapper
Names/Places: aka T-Rich
TV Shows: Everybody Hates Chris (as Drew Rock)
Movie Titles: Ray, Blue Caprice

Flo Rida -- b.9/16/1979 N.S.
Rap Music Performer
Names/Places: RN: Tramar Lacel Dillard

Riff Raff -- b.1/29/1982 N.S.

Rihanna -- b.2/20/1988
Rhythm and Blues Singer
Names/Places: RN: Robyn Rihanna Fenty
Song Titles: Pon De Replay, SOS, Unfaithful, Break It Off, Umbrella (featuring Jay-Z), Shut Up and Drive, Hate That I Love You (featuring Ne-Yo), Don't Stop the Music, Take a Bow, Disturbia, Rehab, Russian Roulette, Hard, Rude Boy, Only Girl (in the World), What's My Name? (featuring Drake), S&N, Cheers (Drink to That), We Found Love (featuring Calvin Harris), Where Have You Been, Diamonds, Stay, FourFiveSeconds (with Kanye West and Paul McCartney), Work
Album Titles: Music of the Sun, A Girl Like Me, Good Girl Gone Bad, Rated R, Loud, Talk That Talk, Unapologetic, Anti

Amber Riley -- b.2/15/1986
Author, Actress, Rhythm and Blues Singer
TV Shows: Glee (as Mercedes Jones)

Timothy Christian Riley -- b.11/2/1974
Drummer, Rhythm and Blues Singer
Group Names: Tony Toni Tone

Butch Rillera -- b.11/8/1945
Rhythm and Blues Drummer
Misc: NOT b. Oct 8
Group Names: Redbone

Minnie Riperton -- b.11/8/1947 d.7/12/1979 (31)
Songwriter, Rhythm and Blues Singer
Names/Places: b. in Chicago
Misc: sang in a 5-octave range
Song Titles: Loving You

Louis Risbrook -- b.6/27/1953
Bassist, Soul Performer
Group Names: B.T. Express

William Risrook -- b.1/14/1951
Rhythm and Blues Musician
Group Names: BT Express

Shawn Rivera -- b.11/4/1971
Rhythm and Blues Singer
Group Names: Az Yet

Joe Rivers -- b.3/20/1937
Rhythm and Blues Singer
Group Names: Johnnie & Joe

LaTavia Roberson -- b.11/1/1981 N.S.
Actress, Rhythm and Blues Singer
Group Names: Destiny's Child, soloist

Julie (B. 1962) Roberts -- b.1/11/1962
Songwriter, Jazz Singer, Soul Singer, House Singer, English
Names/Places: aka Juliet Roberts
Group Names: Working Week

Paul Robi -- b.8/20/1931 d.2/1/1989 (57)
Baritone, Rhythm and Blues Singer
Group Names: The Platters

Charles Robinson -- b.11/9/1945 N.S.
Actor, Rhythm and Blues Musician
Names/Places: aka Charlie Robinson
Group Names: The Drells (without Archie Drell)
TV Shows: Buffalo Bill (as Newdell), Night Court (as court clerk Mac Robinson), Love & War (as Abe Johnson), Home Improvement (as Bud Harper), Hart of Dixie

Cynthia Robinson -- b.1/12/1946 d.11/23/2015 N.S. (69)
Trumpeter, Rhythm and Blues Musician
Misc: some say b. 1944
Group Names: Sly & the Family Stone

Darren Robinson -- b.6/10/1967 d.12/10/1995 (28)
Rap Music Performer
Names/Places: NN:Buffy; aka Human Breathbox
Group Names: The Fat Boys

Dawn Robinson -- b.11/24/1968
Rhythm and Blues Singer
Misc: AP says b. Nov 28
Group Names: En Vogue, Lucy Pearl

Scott Robinson -- b.11/22/1979
Pop Singer, Hip Hop Rapper, English
Group Names: Five Guys

Smokey Robinson -- b.2/19/1940 N.S.
Music Executive, Music Producer, Composer, Songwriter, Rhythm and Blues Singer
Names/Places: b. in Detroit; RFN:William
Misc: Motown Records V.P.
Group Names: Smokey Robinson and the Miracles (lead and founder through 1972), soloist
Song Titles: Shop Around, You Really Got a Hold on Me, Mickey's Monkey, The Tracks of My Tears, Going to a Go-Go, More Love, I Second That Emotion, Baby Baby Don't Cry, The Tears of a CLown (previous titles as lead with The Miracles), Crusin', Being With You, Tell Me Tomorrow Part 1, Just to See Her, One Heartbeat
Album Titles: Going to a Go-Go, Away We a Go-Go, Make it Happen, Special Occasion, Time Out for Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Four in Blue (previous titles as lead with The Miracles), A Quiet Storm, Where There's Smoke..., Warm Thoughts, Being With You, Yes It's You Lady, One Heartbeat

Sylvia Robinson -- b.3/6/1936 d.9/29/2011 (75)
Music Producer, Songwriter, Rhythm and Blues Singer
Names/Places: MaN:Vanderpool
Misc: NOT the country Sylvia (b. 12-9)
Group Names: Mickey & Sylvia, soloist

Pete Rock -- b.6/21/1970
Music Producer, Rap Music Performer

Sir Monti Rock III -- b.5/29/1939 N.S.
Movie Actor, Disco Singer
Group Names: Disco Tex & The Sex-O-Lettes
Movie Titles: Saturday Night Fever

Rockin' Sidney -- b.4/9/1938 d.2/25/1998 (59)
Rhythm and Blues Musician, Soul Performer
Names/Places: LN:Simien

Nile Rodgers -- b.9/19/1952
Music Producer, Songwriter, Guitarist, Rhythm and Blues Musician, Rock & Roll Musician
Misc: produced Sister Sledge, Diana Ross, Debbie Harry, David Bowie, Thompson Twins, and Madonna
Group Names: Chic (rhythm and blues), The Honeydrippers (rock and roll)

Bobby Rogers -- b.2/19/1940 N.S. d.3/3/2013 (73)
Rhythm and Blues Singer
Names/Places: RN: Robert Edward Rogers
Group Names: The Miracles (a backing group for Smokey Robinson)

Claudette Rogers -- b.9/1/1942 N.S.
Songwriter, Rhythm and Blues Singer
Names/Places: aka Claudette Rogers Robinson
Misc: b. June 20, 1942?
Group Names: The Miracles (backing group for Smokey Robinson)

Evan Rogers -- b.7/29/????
Rhythm and Blues Performer
Group Names: Rythm Syndicate

Glouster "Nat" Rogers -- b.??/??/????
Rhythm and Blues Musician
Group Names: Little Anthony & the Imperials

Rome -- b.3/5/1970
Rhythm and Blues Singer

Samantha Ronson -- b.8/7/1977 N.S.
Hip Hop Performer, English

Felipe Rose -- b.1/12/1954
Disco Singer
Group Names: The Village People

Mike Rosen -- b.??/??/????
Guitarist, Trumpeter, Rhythm and Blues Musician, Scotish
Group Names: Average White Band

Bob Rosenberg -- b.1/18/1959
Songwriter, Drummer, Keyboardist, Rhythm and Blues Singer
Group Names: Will To Power

Evan Ross -- b.8/26/1988 N.S.
Actor, Producer, Rhythm and Blues Singer
Movie Titles: The Hunger Games (series), Jeff Who Lives At Home, According to Greta

Nedra Talley Ross -- b.1/27/1946
Rhythm and Blues Singer
Group Names: The Ronettes

Rick Ross -- b.1/28/1976
Rap Music Performer

Asher Roth -- b.8/11/1985

Kelly Rowland -- b.2/11/1981
Rhythm and Blues Singer
Group Names: Destiny's Child

Rozalla -- b.3/18/1964
Singer, Rave Performer, Zambian
Names/Places: LN:Miller
Song Titles: Everybody's Free (To Feel Good)

David Ruffin -- b.1/18/1941 N.S. d.6/1/1991 N.S. (50)
Baritone, Rhythm and Blues Singer
Names/Places: b. in Meridan, MS; RFN:Eli
Group Names: The Temptations, soloist

Jimmy Ruffin -- b.5/7/1936 N.S. d.11/17/2014 N.S. (78)
Soul Singer
Names/Places: David Ruffin's elder brother; b. in Collinsville, MS
Song Titles: What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted

RuPaul -- b.11/17/1960
Author, Actor, Producer, Personality, Disco Singer, Model, Transvestite
Names/Places: b. in San Diego, RN: Rupaul Andre Charles
Misc: self proclaimed supermodel; "You Better Work!"; a transvestite, not a transsexual
Song Titles: Supermodel
TV Shows: RuPaul's Drag Race

Bobby Rush -- b.11/10/1940 N.S.
Composer, Blues Singer, Rhythm and Blues Performer
Misc: some say b. 1934

Patrice Rushen -- b.9/30/1954
Songwriter, Pianist, Rhythm and Blues Singer
Song Titles: Forget Me Nots

Brenda Russell -- b.4/8/1949
Composer, Keyboardist, Soul Singer
Names/Places: RLN:Gordon
Song Titles: Piano in the Dark

Joe Russell -- b.9/25/1939 d.5/5/2012 (72)
Rhythm and Blues Singer
Names/Places: RN: Joseph Jessie Russell; aka Sweet Joe Russell
Group Names: The Persuasions

Jeremy Ruzumna -- b.1/28/1970
Soul Musician, Rock Keyboardist
Misc: Rock/Soul Musician
Group Names: Fitz and the Tantrums

Mitch Ryder -- b.2/26/1945 N.S.
Songwriter, Rhythm and Blues Singer, Rock & Roll Singer
Names/Places: b. in Detroit; RN:William S. Levise Jr.
Group Names: Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels, soloist
Song Titles: Jenny Take a Ride, Devil with a Blue Dress On, Sock It To Me-Baby (previous with the Detroit Wheels)

RZA -- b.7/5/1969 N.S.
Names/Places: RN: Robert Fitzgerald Diggs
Group Names: Wu-Tang Clan

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