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The Raelettes


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The Raelettes were a girl group in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, formed, as their name suggests, to provide backing vocals for Ray Charles. Its membership originally consisted of Darlene McCrea, Margie Hendricks, Patricia Lyles, and Gwendolyn Berry. Later members included Mable John, Merry Clayton, and Susaye Greene. The 1980s’ set of Raelettes included Avis Harrell, Madlyne Qubeck, Estella Yarobourgh, Trudy Cohran, and Pat Peterson.

Although they never gained fame for their singles, they had a number of pop and R&B hits and several have gone on to promising solo careers. According to the biopic Ray, before becoming the Raelettes, the group were known as The Cookies.


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  • bernarducs

    pense numas mulé du carai

    18 Feb 2014 Reply
  • 1969SL

    Cross between "The Sweet Inspirations" and early Pointer Sisters,excellent trio with some seriously funky,bluesy and soulful recording legacy waiting to be re-discovered.

    22 Jun 2011 Reply
  • maulofsound

    i'd do 'em, all (in the 60s).

    23 Nov 2008 Reply