Minnie Riperton, singer
Rotary Connection
birth name: Minnie Julia Riperton

Minnie Riperton

November 8, 1947, Chicago, IL ~ July 12, 1979, Los Angeles, CA

An American singer-songwriter best known for her 1975 single ‘Lovin' You.’ She was married to songwriter and music producer Richard Rudolph from 1972 until her death in 1979. ~ Wikipedia: Minnie Riperton ~ retrieved March 16, 2014 © Wikipedia

While still a member of the Connection, Riperton mounted a solo career; teaming with producer/arranger Charles Stepney and her husband/composer Richard Rudolph, she issued her brilliant debut, Come to My Garden, in 1970, but again commercial success eluded her grasp. After the Rotary Connection dissolved in the wake of 1971's Hey Love, she and Rudolph took a two-year sabbatical in Florida before relocating to Los Angeles, where she sang on Stevie Wonder's Fulfillingness' First Finale and toured as a member of his backing unit Wonderlove. Wonder agreed to co-produce Riperton's 1974 album Perfect Angel, which contained the international blockbuster Lovin' You; the record made her a household name. ~ Allmusic: Minnie Riperton ~ retrieved March 16, 2014 © Allmusic

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Minnie Riperton ~ Named one of the BlackAmericaWeb 15 Original R&B Divas in 2013.

Minnie Riperton ~ Inside My Love (Ware/Riperton/Rudolph) ~ Ranked #14 Soul Bounce Top 100 Soul/R&B Songs in 2008 ~ Minnie's voice was one honed by operatic training and sweetened like honey wine. Despite purists declaring the seventh octave worthless, Minnie lived in it, embraced it, and made it such an inseparable part of her vocal stylings that she became renowned for it. ~ 2008 © Soul Bounce

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Stevie Wonder ~ Songs In The Key Of Life (1976) ~ Ranked #57 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012 ~ Making this record, Stevie Wonder would often stay in the studio 48 hours straight, not eating or sleeping, while everyone around him struggled to keep up. “If my flow is goin', I keep on until I peak,” he said. The flow went so well, Wonder released 21 songs, packaged as a double album and a bonus EP. ~ 2012 © Rolling Stone

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