Jerry Williams, Jr., (born 12 July 1942), is a soul music artist who is better known by his pseudonym Swamp Dogg. Born in Portsmouth, Virginia, Williams made his first recording in 1954 under the moniker "Little Jerry". In 1963 he began using the moniker "Little Jerry Williams", recording with Loma Records, and by 1966 he had dropped the "Little" to record as Jerry Williams. In 1970 he took on the persona of "Swamp Dogg" and released his first LP record, "Total Destruction to Your Mind". His latest recording is titled Give Em As Little As You Can...As Often As You Have To...or...A Tribute To Rock 'n' Roll (2009), although he is rumoured to be working on new material, including a collaboration with the author Ben Greenman. Williams is also a noted songwriter and record producer. In an interview on NPR's Studio 360, Williams stated he was raised on country music: "Black music didn't start 'til 10 at night until 4 in the morning and I was in bed by then.. . . If you strip my tracks, take away all the horns and guitar licks, what you have is a country song." Williams also produces country music and has been nominated for a Grammy, along with Gary US Bonds, for writing the Johnny Paycheck record "She's All I Got". Other artists he has worked with include Doris Duke, Irma Thomas, Z. Z. Hill, Dee Dee Warwick, and Arthur Conley.

William Bell (born July 16, 1939) is an American soul singer and songwriter, and one of the architects of the Stax-Volt sound. As a performer, he is probably best known for 1961's "You Don't Miss Your Water" (his debut single); 1968's "Private Number" (a duet with Judy Clay, and a top 10 hit in the UK); and 1976's "Tryin' To Love Two", Bell's only US top 40 hit, which also hit #1 on the R&B charts. Upon the death of Otis Redding, Bell released the well-received memorial song "A Tribute To A King". As a songwriter, Bell co-authored the Chuck Jackson hit "Any Other Way" (itself a cover, since Bell issued it first, as a follow-up to "You Don't Miss Your Water"), Billy Idol's 1986 hit "Got To Be Your Lover", and the blues classic "Born Under A Bad Sign", popularised by both Albert King and Cream.

Harvey Scales is an American R&B singer, songwriter and producer. Scales has been active in the music industry since the 1960s, and has composed songs for groups such as The Dells, The Dramatics and The O'Jays. He is particularly notable for his co-authorship of the songs "Love-Itis" and "Disco Lady". Once called Milwaukee's "Godfather of Soul" by a local reporter, Scales credits James Brown and the sound of "funk" for influencing his music career. Scales was well known in his home town of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, before his big break as a national songwriter. Known as "Twistin' Harvey" in the early 1960s by local fans, Scales, an Osceola, Arkansas native, grew up in Milwaukee and attended Roosevelt Middle and North Division High School. In 1961, he and his longtime friend, Albert Vance (1943–2003), formed the group, Harvey Scales and The Seven Sounds, which released several singles. Harvey Scales and The Seven Sounds initially recorded for Magic Touch Records, a Wisconsin-based label owned by Lenny LeCour. One hit was "Get Down", backed with "Love-Itis". The band signed with Chess Records in 1969, recording for the Cadet Records division, with LeCour continuing as producer. Scales continues to perform in Milwaukee, and at other venues throughout the United States.

Sugar Pie DeSanto (born Umpeylia Marsema Balinton, October 16, 1935, Brooklyn, New York) is an American rhythm and blues singer. She was born to an African American mother and Filipino father. Her mother was a concert pianist. She spent most of her early life in San Francisco, California, where she moved with her family at a young age. As a girl she was friends with Etta James. In 1955, DeSanto did some touring with The Johnny Otis Revue. Otis gave her her stage name. From 1959 to 1960, she toured with The James Brown Revue. In 1960, DeSanto rose to national prominence when her single "I Want to Know" reached number four on Billboard's Hot R&B chart. She recorded the song with her husband Pee Wee Kingsley. Soon thereafter her marriage to with Kingsley fell apart, DeSanto moved to Chicago and signed with Chess Records in 1962 as a recording artist and writer. Among her recordings at Chess were "Slip-in Mules", "Use What You Got", "Soulful Dress" (her biggest hit at Chess), and "I Don't Wanna Fuss". DeSanto participated in the American Folk Blues Festival tour of Europe in 1964, and her lively performances, including wild dancing and standing back flips, were widely appreciated.

Toni Green was born in Memphis and began her career as a background singer with both Isaac Hayes, Luther Ingram, Millie Jackson, The Bar-Kays, Dennis Edwards and others. In 1998 she recorded her first LP as a solo artist with Quinton Claunch's Soultrax imprint. "Mixed Emotions" was steeped in the Memphis soul sound and remains her best full length to date. From there, she cut a couple albums for Goodtime Records and one on her own imprint Pegasus in 2006. In 2009 she released a 2-song EP featuring some of the last production work by the legendary Willie Mitchell.

Melvia “Chick” Rodgers-Williams was born in Memphis and began singing at 9 in church and with his father Melvin, leader of the Memphis Harmonisers. In the 80’s she became the lead singer of the Clockwise and in 1989 moved to Chicago where her powerful Soul voice started to get noticed. This will take her abroad in Europe and Japan, singing with Koko Taylor and taking part to several International Festivals. In 2000 Chick wins the Bessie Smith award and expands her vocal range and repertoire to Jazz as well. She has recently published “Essentially Yours”, a collection of her favourites songs.

Spencer Wiggins was a gifted and emotionally powerful vocalist who cut a handful of superb Southern soul singles during the mid-'60s but never scored the hits he genuinely deserved, though years later he would be lionised as one of the lost masters of the form by British and Japanese enthusiasts of deep soul. Wiggins was born in Memphis, TN, in 1942; his parents had a strong interest in music, and while in high school Spencer formed a gospel vocal group, the New Rival Gospel Singers, which also featured his brother Percy Wiggins and sister Maxine Wiggins. At the same time, Spencer and Percy were members of the glee club at Memphis's Booker T. Washington High School when the student body included Booker T. Jones, Maurice White, and William Bell and the faculty included noted disc jockey and talent scout Nat D. Williams. In this fertile environment, Spencer and Percy first turned professional, formed an R&B vocal group called the Four Stars that featured David Porter, later to become a noted songwriter.