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Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose


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Singing themselves into music history with their huge hits “Too Late To Turn Back Now” and “Treat Her Like A Lady”, they originally came out of sunny Dania Beach, Florida. Featuring brothers Edward (who wrote most of their songs) and Carter with sisters Billie Jo and Rose Cornelius, the soulful group started as an idea when they sung in church. She and her brothers formed “Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose” in 1969. Sister Rose already had experience playing on the road starting at age 14 with “Freddie Scott & The High Steppers”, later also being in a mid- Vegas revue called “The Gospel Jazz Singers”.

Managed initially by Dionne Warwick’s father Speedy Warwick, they soon were recording for United Artists and scored hits from 1971 to 1974 with lushly orchestrated, million seller tunes such as “Treat Her Like A Lady” (1971), “Too Late To Turn Back Now” (1972), “I’m Never Gonna Be Alone Anymore” (1973), and “Don’t Ever Be Lonely (A Poor Little Fool Like Me)” (1974). Sadly, though having early successes, their sweet soul sound (viewed by many fans as reminiscent of The Jackson 5 and The Supremes) did not gain much more attention as the decade came to a close. Still, their early hit singles are still heavily requested and frequently played on format stations.

Carter, who died in 1991 at age 43, had changed his name in 1976 to Prince Gideon Israel, after joining a reclusive black supremacist religious religious sect in Miami, whose followers all adopt the name Israel.


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  • RedjMusic

    an old skool fave

    26 Jan 2010 Reply
  • ChrisW6ATV

    There are two versions of 'Too Late To Turn Back Now', the one titled "It's Too Late..." is the real one.

    2 Feb 2009 Reply
  • ElectricSoul921

    So underplayed!

    7 Sep 2008 Reply
  • funkyWoody

    Ohh if you have to LOVE- please listen to this song... Eddie and the sisters sing it so fine! I wish I could turn back the time and hear more from a group that made my summers so great when I grew up

    26 Aug 2008 Reply
  • Mike_Anthony

    Underappreciated group. I love their cover of Bill Wither's Ain't No Sunshine. Big Time Lover is a really jammin track too. Great stuff overall. Not a Philly Soul band, but definitely that Philly Soul Sound.

    25 Jan 2008 Reply
  • dvoodoo

    sweet soul music!

    1 Nov 2006 Reply