Oh my, soul brother at his utmost! Wilson Pickett's songs, Land Of 1,000 Dances, In The Midnight Hour and Mustang Sally are this blogger's favourites.
So from Little Richard to Elvis Presley, the transition to appreciate soul and funk as the years went by was no big deal. There were changes to the rhythm and blowing instruments were added. And since Roy Orbison and James Brown came in between, the transition was even smoother.
Punctuate these years with The Beatles psychedelic period together with 5th Dimension, The Mamas And Papas and the puzzle becomes one clear picture. Again, the song/singer selections are personal choices.
*Funk originated in the mid 60s when black musicians blended soul, jazz and Rhythm & Blues into music one can dance to, after de-emphasising the melody and harmony. There is a strong rhythmic groove of bass and drums and funk nmelodies are based on extended vamp on a single chord.
*Like much of African-inspired music, funk typically consists of a complex groove with rhythm instruments such as guitar, bass, organ, and drums playing interlocking rhythms. Funk bands sometimes have a horn section of several saxophones, trumpets, and perhaps a trombone.
*Reference: edited from Wikipedia.