Favourite Blaxploitation Composers

No ranking, just sorted First Name / Family Name.
Except Donald Byrd, he is for sure a great musician (not only for film music).
Personal favourites are hard to choose since there are so many superb Soul and Jazz musicians in this list. But when it comes to film music, I'd name Curtis Mayfield, Isaac Hayes, Luchi De Jesus, Melvin van Peebles and Quincy Jones.
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Alan Tew
British composer and arranger Alan Stanley Tew got his start in the 1950's as a pianist and arranger for The Len Turner Band in London, England. Tew later became the leader of his own orchestra which has performed dozens of soundtrack and library music albums. In addition, Alan has also collaborated with Cat Stevens...
 
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Barry De Vorzon
Soundtrack, Click
 
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Barry White
Soundtrack, Bruce Almighty
Barry White first made his mark in the music business in the 1960s as a session musician, even serving for a spell as an A&R man for a small, independent Los Angeles record label. He first hit it big in 1973 with a series of albums and singles emphasizing lush orchestrations and elaborate production values...
 
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Brian Bennett
Music Department, Black Dynamite
Composer Brian Bennett is the three times winner of the Ivor Novello Award. Initially achieving fame as drummer with The Shadows, he has since forged a career as one of Britain's leading writers of music to picture. Brian was born in London in 1940 and by the late 1950s was one of the most sought-after percussionists around...
 
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Curtis Mayfield
Soundtrack, Superbad
Rhythm and blues performer/songwriter credited with defining 1960's Chicago sound in hits like "It's All Right" and "Gypsy Woman." His style influenced other artists from pop to hip hop. Has been a quadriplegic ever since he was struck by lighting rig during outdoor concert in New York, 1990. Member of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame whose 1968 hit "We're A Winner...
 
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David Shire
Music Department, Zodiac
 
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Dennis Coffey
Soundtrack, Hitch
 
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Don Costa
Music Department, Hello, Dolly!
 
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Don Julian
Soundtrack, American Me
 
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Donny Hathaway
Music Department, Maude
 
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Edwin Starr
Soundtrack, Tropic Thunder
Born Charles Hatcher in Nashville, Tennessee, Starr formed his first group, the Future Tones, in 1957, recording one single before his three-year army service. In 1965, he was offered a solo deal following two years of touring with another band. Starr's early hits included "Agent Double-O Soul" and "Stop Her on Sight (S.O.S)." But his biggest success came with "War," a No...
 
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Gene Page
Composer, Blacula
 
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Gordon Parks
Director, Shaft
The pre-eminent American photojournalist of sub-Saharan descent. An acclaimed photographer for Life magazine from the late 40s through late 60s, he turned to directing films, his second of which, the blaxploitation movie Shaft, achieved success at the box office. In 1989 his first film effort...
 
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Grant Green
Soundtrack, Duplex
 
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Isaac Hayes
Soundtrack, Kill Bill: Vol. 1
Isaac Hayes was the second-born child of Isaac Sr. and Eula Hayes, but was raised by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Willie Wade Sr. The child of a poor family, he grew up picking cotton in Covington, Tennessee. He dropped out of high school, only to be encouraged later by his former high school teachers to get his diploma...
 
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J.J. Johnson
Composer, Shaft
 
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Jerry Butler
Soundtrack, American Gangster
Jerry Butler got his start in the music business at age 18 when he and his friend Curtis Mayfield formed a singing group and named them The Impressions. They had an almost immediate hit with a song Butler wrote, "For Your Precious Love", which became the group's first gold record. Nicknamed "The Iceman" by legendary Philadelphia DJ Georgi Woods for his smooth...
 
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Jimmy Cliff
Soundtrack, Rush
 
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Johnny Harris
Music Department, Man in the Wilderness
Johnny Harris was born in Edinburgh, Scotland 1932 (of Welsh parentage) and is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music in London. He originally played trumpet with English big bands in the 50's and started freelance writing and arranging in the early 60's before he was hired by Tony Hatch for Pye Records in 1965...
 
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Marvin Gaye
Soundtrack, Se7en
 
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Michael Tschudin
Music Department, The Kid Brother
 
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Monk Higgins
Soundtrack, Clockers
 
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Nat Dove
Music Department, Petey Wheatstraw
 
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Osibisa
Soundtrack, Boyhood
 
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Paul Riser
Soundtrack, Coach Carter
 
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Quincy Jones
Considered to be one of the greatest minds in music and television history, Quincy Delight Jones, Jr. was born on March 14, 1933 in Chicago, Illinois. He is the son of Sarah Frances (Wells), a bank executive, and Quincy Delight Jones, Sr., a carpenter. Jones found his love for music while he was enrolled in grade school at Seattle's Garfield High School...
 
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Robert O. Ragland
Music Department, Midway
Robert O. Ragland is one of the most prolific music composers in the film industry. Originally from Chicago, Ragland gave up a comfortable executive position in advertising to gamble on his musical talents in Hollywood. Since that decision made in 1968, Ragland has made his impressive presence known in the film community by scoring over 50 motion pictures in a span of nearly thirty years...
 
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Roger Hamilton Spotts
Roger Hamilton Spotts is an American composer and arranger who has enjoyed a highly successful career that has spanned over five decades. He has collaborated with noted musicians such as Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Charles, Count Basie and Lionel Hampton, to name a few. For Roger, his 'work' was always a passion fueled by both a love of music and community...
 
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Roy Ayers
Soundtrack, Ant-Man
 
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Sid Ramin
Music Department, West Side Story
 
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Smokey Robinson
Soundtrack, Platoon
Multi-talented performer/writer/producer Smokey Robinson's career, and life, is inextricably tied up with Motown Records' founder Berry Gordy (his first two children are named Tamla, for the Gordy-owned label Smokey recorded for, and Berry, for Gordy himself). He and Gordy have had a professional and personal relationship since the late 1950s...
 
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Sun Ra
Soundtrack, Deceiver
 
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Thom Bell
Soundtrack, Jackie Brown
Composer / arranger / record producer Thom Bell is known as one of the chief architects of "The Sound Of Philadelphia". In the mid-'60s he was the house pianist at The Uptown Theatre in Philadelphia and later became musical director for Chubby Checker. In 1966 he partnered up with entrepreneur Stan Watson to produce a local group called The Delfonics...
 
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Tom McIntosh
Music Department, Shaft
 
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Vic Caesar
Soundtrack, The Hoax
 
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Wilbur Kirk
Music Department, Nothing But a Man
 
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Willie Hutch
Soundtrack, Precious
Extremely talented, versatile and ambitious R&B singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer Willie Hutch was born as Willie McKinley Hutchison on December 6, 1944 in Los Angeles. Willie grew up in Dallas, Texas and sang in the doo-wop group the Ambassadors as a teenager. Following graduation from Booker T...