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Minnie Riperton

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Chicago, United States (1947 – 1979)

Minnie Riperton (Nov 8, 1947 - Jul 12, 1979) was an American singer who is best remembered for her 1974 hit ballad, Lovin’ You.

The tragic 1979 death of 31-year-old Riperton silenced one of soul music’s most unique and unforgettable voices - blessed with an angelic five-octave vocal range, she scored her greatest commercial success with the chart-topping pop ballad, “Lovin’ You”. Riperton was born in Chicago on November 8, 1947. As a young girl, she studied music, drama, and dance at the city’s Lincoln Center and later contemplated a career in opera. Her pop career began in 1963 when she joined the local girl group called The Gems (not to be confused with the 60s New York-based girl group Gems, led by Louise Bethune), who were also known at times as The Starlets (1963-1966), signing to the famed Chess label to release a handful of singles as well as lend backing vocals to acts including Fontella Bass, The Dells, and Etta James. After graduating from high school, Riperton went to work at Chess as a receptionist. A year before The Gems’ dissolution in 1967, she also signed with the label as a solo act, releasing a single, Lonely Girl, under the alias Andrea Davis (a pseudonym she used in honor of Billy Davis, her mentor at Chess who wrote the song for her).

In 1967, Riperton was installed as the lead vocalist of the psychedelic soul band Rotary Connection, which debuted that year with a self-titled LP on Cadet Concepts.

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  • murkymedicine

    Who better to listen to on Valentine's Day?

    14 Feb 3:46pm Reply
  • ShiningStar911

    "Come To My Garden" BEST ALBUM!

    11 Feb 11:47am Reply
  • JustAKayee

    Dat falsetto tho...

    14 Nov 2013 Reply
  • PurplePlagueRat

    Still miss you,Minnie.Happy 66th birthday in Heaven have fun singing for God.

    10 Nov 2013 Reply
  • puremusic4ever

    Today is the 65th Celebration of the birth of Minnie Riperton. Please take time to celebrate this timeless artist. We miss you, Minnie.

    8 Nov 2013 Reply
  • thiagofelippee

    whistles <3

    18 Oct 2013 Reply
  • puremusic4ever

    Remembering Minnie Riperton... You are truly missed.

    13 Jul 2013 Reply
  • LOVES-DESIRE

    "Two people, just meeting .... Barely touching each other .... Two Spirits greeting .... Trying to carry it further .... You are one ..... And I am another .... We should be One .... Inside each other ..... You can see inside me .... Will you come inside me .... Do you want to ride inside my Love ....." Minnie Riperton - now that is how Love is - Inside My Love .... Sister Girl nobody has touched how you could sing or the words to your songs .....

    18 Jun 2013 Reply
  • loriilamby

    linda!

    5 May 2013 Reply
  • Ziggy_Fresh

    One of the most beautiful angellic voices in not just soul but all music.

    3 May 2013 Reply
  • Tahula

    Let's send Lovin' You to the other species all over the space. Maybe they'll think good of us that way :)

    27 Apr 2013 Reply
  • BallerCraig

    Baby: your love I have!

    27 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Tahula

    Goosebumps. She is so amazing. She is still living inside us.

    14 Jan 2013 Reply
  • lorraine_xx

    her singing voice is my favourite singing voice

    7 Dec 2012 Reply
  • tresfoufou

    .:'( RIP beautiful bird

    2 Dec 2012 Reply
  • puremusic4ever

    Today is the 64th Celebration of the birth of Minnie Riperton. Please take time to celebrate this timeless artist. We miss you, Minnie.

    8 Nov 2012 Reply
  • damnruckus

    Lalalalala, lalalalala, lalalalalalalalalalalala doobie duuuum dadoooo, AAAAAAAAAAAHHH

    18 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Earlysac

    Lovin' You ♥

    15 Oct 2012 Reply
  • TheBrandyBoy

    Lovin' You ♥

    27 Jul 2012 Reply
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