Queen of New Orleans soul, Irma Thomas
birth name: Irma Lee

Irma Thomas

February 18, 1941, Ponchatoula, LA

Born Irma Lee, as a teen she sang with a Baptist church choir, auditioning for Specialty Records as a 13-year old. By the age of 19 she had been married twice and had four children. Keeping her second ex-husband's surname, she worked as a waitress in New Orleans, occasionally singing with bandleader {artist tommy-ridgley}, who helped her land a record deal with the local Ron label. Her first single, ‘(You Can Have My Husband but) Don't Mess with My Man,’ was released in spring 1960, and reached number 22 on the Billboard R&B chart. ~ Wikipedia: Irma Thomas ~ retrieved June 19, 2013 © Wikipedia

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February 18, 1967 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (4) the Rolling Stones, Ruby Tuesday ~ #2 (1) the Monkees, I'm A Believer ~ #1 (3) the Buckinghams, Kind Of A Drag


Her first Imperial single, ‘Wish Someone Would Care b/w Break-A-Way,’ was also the biggest hit of her career, reaching #17 on Billboard's pop chart in the spring 1964 […]. ‘Wish Someone Would Care’ starts with a lamenting cry, which is followed by memorable autobiographical lyrics: “Sitting home alone / thinking about my past / wondering how I made it and how long it's gonna last / Success has come to lots of them / and a failure is always there / time waits for no one / and I wish, how I wish someone would care.” - “I was really at the low point when I wrote that,” she later related to author Jeff Hannusch. “I was just looking back at life. I was a 14-year-old mother, I had three kids when I was 17, and I was on my second marriage. At the time, I was breaking up with my husband, because he was giving me a hard time about being on stage. It was a song from my heart, that's probably why it sold so well; I really wanted someone to care, to stand beside me and care.” ~ Jyrki Ilva's fanpage: Irma Thomas ~ retrieved June 22, 2013 © Jyrki Ilva

Irma Thomas ~ Inducted in the 2007 Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame.

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