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Barbara Acklin (28 February 1943, Oakland, California — 27 November 1998, Nebraska) was a soul singer of the 1960s and 1970s. Her biggest hit was "Love Makes a Woman" in 1968 which reached the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

As a teenager, she began singing in nightclubs while attending Dunbar Vocational High school. Upon graduation, she was hired as a secretary for local record label by her cousin, saxophonist Monk Higgins. Her first release was under the name… read more

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  • Avatar for oldiesfanjohn
    Hmm... Y-H U gets their version out first. You know the rest of the story.Then Y-H U gets all the accolades etc & the gold mine that goes with it while Barbara got the shaft I always thought.
  • Avatar for Ryantalope
    Incredible singer :)
  • Avatar for MrStyle
    A very important part in Chicago Soul! To me she is the First Lady of Chicago Soul! That voice, that talent!
  • Avatar for bigbluehound
    A class act with a silky smooth voice
  • Avatar for al-mac
    RIP
  • Avatar for AnthonyReynard
    the link does not work "play Barbara Acklin radio" on this page
  • Avatar for joernsen89
    love her ;)
  • Avatar for rottmadgers
    "Am I the Same Girl" is my jam!
  • Avatar for MrStyle
    Possibly the First Lady of Chicago Soul! "Loves That Makes A Woman"! Rest in Peace
  • Avatar for MarcusAKAFatima
    She died too young:(

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