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Rose Batiste

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Rose Batiste was born in Detroit in 1947 and grew-up on the Motor City’s east side. Her mother, who was a frustrated entertainer, encouraged her young daughter to try and make it as a professional singer; the first place she took her was Hitsville USA, Motown’s studio.

Rose’s two Thelma sides were recorded at Detroit’s United Sound Studios on 2bd Avenue when she was just 16-years old. I Can’t leave You has Don Davis’ customary stamp of high quality, with watertight production and a strong beat that typifies the emerging Detroit Sound.

Rose’s fifth and last 45 suffered from bad timing. The Parliament’s Top 20 smash I Wanna Testify (Revilot 207), was released simultaneously to her underrated I’ll Still Wait For You and unkindly condemned it to the land of flops. Rose’s fine vocal delivery and the polished work of Mike Terry and Leon Ware deserved better.

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