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Rocking horse people eat marshmallow pies © Robert Sommers 2017

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Minnie Riperton



I love Minnie. If you don't know her brilliance and would like a taste, tune in around 28:35 and catch her blazing psychedelic on Tales of Brave Ulysses with the wonderful Rotary Connection. Minnie had an incredible octave range, she was a coloratura soprano.

She was discovered by a blind pianist while in an a cappella choir. She started out as a backup singer for Chess, backing  Etta James, Fontella Bass, Ramsey Lewis, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, and Muddy Waters among others. Listen to Want you to know and watch her venture into a vocal strata that few can visit.

1. The Gems - All Of It 2:45
2. Andrea Davis - Lonely Girl 3:05 (2:45)
3. The Gems - Happy New Love 2:36 (5:50)
4. Rotary Connection - Magical World 4:24 (8:27)
5. Rotary Connection - Christmas Love 3:13 (12:52)
6. Rotary Connection - Silent Night 5:58 (16:06)
7. Rotary Connection - We're Going Wrong 3:23 (22:04)
8. Rotary Connection - Respect 3:07 (25:27)
9. Rotary Connection - Tales Of Brave Ulysses 4:34 (28:35)
10. Rotary Connection - The Burning Of The Midnight Lamp 4:42 (33:09) 
11. Rotary Connection - A-Muse 4:03 (37:51)
12. Rotary Connection - Love Me Now 2:49 (41:54)
13. Rotary Connection - Living Alone 2:56 (44:44)
14. Rotary Connection -They Call It Stormy Monday 4:00 (47:41) 
15. Rotary Connection - Want You To Know 3:06 (51:41)
16. Rotary Connection - If I Sing My Song 3:39 (54:47)

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