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Maxine Nightingale

Born in November 1952 in the West London suburb of Wembley, England, Maxine Nightingale was just 16 years old when she began singing in her school band. Enjoying the spotlight so much, she swiftly made the transition to singing in a more professional capacity, appearing in a handful of local clubs and ultimately coming to the attention of Pye Records. Signing with the label, she recorded a handful of singles, including "Do Not Push Me Baby" and 1971's "Love on Borrowed Time." While neither song became a commercial hotshot, the experience only furthered the young singer's drive to succeed in her field.

Stepping out of the clubs, Nightingale spent the early '70s in theater, exploring her vocal development through roles in the era's hottest musical stage shows, including Jesus Christ Superstar, Hair, and Godspell, as well as the well-received London play Savages, before pairing with the songwriter/production team J. Vincent Edwards and Pierre Tubbs in 1975. They proved to be the perfect pair to showcase her outstanding vocals, and after she signed to United Artists and debuted with their "Right Back Where We Started From," she found herself with a Top Ten U.K. hit in November 1975. The song was even more popular in the States, where it reached number two on the Hot 100 in early 1976.

Backed by an assortment of session musicians and continually partnered with songwriters who were able to best direct her voice, Nightingale's 1976 debut LP, Right Back Where We Started From, also proved to be a hit in the United States, although, oddly, it fell far short of expectations in England. With four singles, including the title track and fellow chartmate "Gotta Be the One," the album reached number 65 in the U.S. The following year brought the Denny Diante-produced Night Life album, which placed "Love Hit Me" (another U.K. hit) and a cover of the Delfonics' "Didn't I Blow Your Mind This Time" into heavy club rotation. Lead Me On followed in 1979, bringing her another U.S. chart appearance, this time at number five with the title single, released on Windsong. The Bittersweet LP followed the next year, leaving room for a fine compilation, It's a Beautiful Thing, to round up all the hits in 1982. That same year also saw Nightingale reach further peaks when she paired with R&B singer Jimmy Ruffin, best known for his 1966 standard "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted," for the tender duet "Turn to Me." The song never registered on the pop charts, but in November gave Nightingale her first R&B Top 20 debut.

Nightingale subsequently ceased recording solo albums and focused on jazz-oriented performances. Throughout the early 2010s, she sporadically toured across the planet and occasionally recorded, as on Supertramp drummer Steve Reid's 2001 album Dream Scapes. ~ Amy Hanson
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Lead Me On

1. Hideaway

2. (Bringing Out) The Girl In Me

3. Darlin' Dear

4. Love Me Like You Mean It

5. Lead Me On

6. No One Like My Baby

7. You Got To Me

8. Ask Billy (They Tell Me)

9. You Are The Most Important Person In Your Life

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Track List: Shrek Forever After

18. Right Back Where We Started From

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alexandraabe l l a 1 7
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Maxine great voice.
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it amazes me how such a great singer with a great voice and excellent presentation , can record a song that still sounds really good, can fall into obscurity. thank you for get right back where we started from
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What a great voice
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hisloveforme i s a m a z i n g
One of my faves. xoxoxoxox
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We got to get right back where we started from -Maxine nightingale- and listen to good music
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So good��
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Jordon love stink so strong
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This song Right Back Where We Started From reminds me of Midnight Special with Wolfman Jack.....yea h , only oldSchoolers remember Midnight Special, lol.
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Jordon love can be strong
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Maxine, good dance song....alwa y s sounds great...good job..right on girl
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jordon
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the 70,s live again
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mike3345mike
Great tunes .. luv them all. hugs to you heart#!!
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love is good, love can be strong, We gotta get right back to where we started from ❤️❤️❤️
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I agree, michaelrocks 6 8 , she is so beautiful! I feel really ugly right now
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Loved this song
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Luv this song
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michaelrocks 6 8
She is GORGEOUS. : )
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I love it
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Tenor sax makes this a rockin jam
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what soundtrack was this featured on? Anyone??
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randy99
lol, I always thought this was Captain and Tenille
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Pretty girl 1 Jordon me and my grandma love this song
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Slapshot!!!! ! ! !
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I was born in 72, but love these feel good, happy songs of this era. This song can always pep me up no matter my mood. They don;t make music like this anymore...ye s , I just turned into my grandmother! :-)
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I might of been born a long time after this song but lovvvvvvve it
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Great great song
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The best of the 70s
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1975
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Kiss your hand five times post this on two other songs and there will be a pink iPhone under your pillow
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cococrazy192 8
Looove this song. Makes me happy. :)
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Love it!!!!!!!!!! !
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Know i know the voice to this song along with lead me on
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Yep, I love this song, because I remember it from the movie Slap Shot. That's the primary reason. Oh, and I can't see how this is something that is comparable to the Beach Boys, which is the station I am currently listening.
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ndoshier
Oh yeah, LOVE this song!!!
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so_bo
My dad had this album on 8 track. He loved Right Back Where We Started From. This song brings back childhood memories.
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ro52973
Love her.....didn ' t know she sang this Right Back where we started from
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riverman172
Always dug this song since I saw slap shot on hbo as a kid. I'm showing my age.
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yesss!!! finally found out who sang this song! thanks a million pandora!!!
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525433228
HOLY COW. I think I've been limited. I'm 50 years old. I'm supposed to be unlimited at this point in my life. Geez. LOL!
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525433228
I love cats. I used to have this album.
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debhartt
I have the original 45 in great shape!!
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You can't help loving this song!
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I like this song. I like her voice, it really pretty.
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Great dance music!
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it's all right
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cioppino
I love this song! Didn't know who the artist was. Thanks Pandora
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