"Funk music is a popular genre of dance- based music relying on a heavy syncopated beat and grooved, pulsing rhythm. It is a product of African American urban culture, and as such traces its roots back to the attitudes and styles of jazz, gospel, blues, and soul." -- Christopher Muscato, Study
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"In the 1960s Soul took on a more distinctive sound and attitude. Pioneered by artitsts like James Brown and George Clinton, this new genre combined Soul, R&B, Jazz and Rock and Roll with complex, syncopated rhythms and driving bass lines. Most of all, this new, "funky" music demanded to be danced to!" -- Hoffman Academy
"Many of Motown's biggest hits actually came from all-female, vocally- oriented groups like The Supremes, The Marvelettes, and Martha and the Vandellas. Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder are two of the label's most successful solo artists." -- Hoffman Academy
"His classical prowess on several instruments and the expressiveness of his voice has led him down a path of unprecedented fame, political impact and societal reverence... With a slew of high-profile collaborations, too many funk classics to count, and unsurpassable musicianship, Stevie Wonder is one of the most important artists in music and American entertainment culture." -- Ru Johnson, Westword
"The Jackson 5 were one of the biggest phenomenon in pop music during the early 70s... The Jackson 5's infectious brand of funky pop-soul was a definite departure from the typically smooth, elegant Motown sound, as befitting the group's youth and the dawn of a new decade." -- Steve Huey, All Music
"The Supremes, American pop-soul vocal group whose tremendous popularity with a broad audience made its members the most successful performers of the 1960s and the flagship act of Motown Records... Not only were the Supremes the Motown label's primary crossover act, they also helped change the public image of African Americans during the civil rights era." -- Carol L. Cooper, Britannica