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Linda Clifford


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Linda Clifford (born 14 June 1948, New York City, New York) is an American R&B, Disco and House music singer and actress who scored hits in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s into the new millennium.

Clifford is also a former Miss New York State, and fronted a jazz music trio before switching to R&B. After winning her title, Clifford started working as an actress, receiving minor roles in major films like The Boston Strangler with Tony Curtis and Henry Ford, Coogan’s Bluff with Clint Eastwood and Sweet Charity with Shirley MacLaine.

Unsatisfied with her roles, Clifford decided to concentrate on her singing career, and performed in night clubs with the Jericho Jazz Singers, before forming her own group Linda & The Trade Winds. In 1973 she was signed to Paramount Records and her first single, “(It’s Gonna Be) A Long Long Winter” became a minor hit on the R&B charts in the winter of 1974.

By the mid-70’s Curtis Mayfield signed Clifford to his Curtom Records label. The first single off her self-titled album was “From Now On” which again became a minor hit on the R&B charts. Her follow-up album, [album]If My Friends Could See Me Now[/album] produced two of Clifford’s biggest hits, putting her on the music map. The first, “Runaway Love” became an R&B hit peaking at #3 for two weeks. The second, the title track, became a hit on the Disco chart peaking at #1 for five weeks.

The following year, she released her third album, 1979’s Let Me Be Your Woman.


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