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Madeline Bell

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Madeline Bell (born 23 July 1942, Newark, New Jersey) is an American soul singer, who became famous as a performer in Britain during the 1960s, having arrived from the U.S. in the Gospel show Black Nativity in 1962, with vocal group The Bradford Singers.

She worked as a session singer, most notably backing for Dusty Springfield, and can be found on early Donna Summer material as well. Her first major solo hit was a cover version of Dee Dee Warwick’s single “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me”, which performed better on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart than the original.

Madeline then joined contemporary pop combo Blue Mink, with whom she had a number of Top 20 hits with Philips Records in the UK, including “Melting Pot”, “Our World”, “Randy”, “Banner Man”, “Good Morning Freedom”, “Sunday”, “By The Devil I Was Tempted” and “Stay With Me”. Before joining Blue Mink in late 1969 she sang solo, and her cover version of “Picture Me Gone” is still a Northern Soul favourite today, as is “What Am I Supposed To Do”, from 1968, a two-minute B-side tune co-written with future Led Zeppelin member John Paul Jones, then working as one of London’s most in-demand session bassists (Bell also sang backup on Joe Cocker’s Bye Bye Blackbird in 1969, which featured a guitar solo from another Led Zeppelin member, Jimmy Page) Jones later arranged, produced and recorded Bell’s 1973 RCA album Comin’ Atcha. She also contributed to the soundtrack of the romance film A Touch of Class (1973).

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