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Minnie Riperton

The tragic 1979 death of 31-year-old Minnie 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 youth she studied music, drama, and dance at the city's Lincoln Center and later contemplated a career in opera. Her pop career began in 1961 when she joined the local girl group called the Gems, 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 high school, Riperton went to work at Chess as a receptionist; following the Gems' dissolution, she also signed with the label as a solo act, releasing a single, "Lonely Girl," under the alias Andrea Davis.

In 1968, Riperton was installed as the lead vocalist of the psychedelic soul band the Rotary Connection, which debuted that year with a self-titled LP on Cadet Concepts; the singles "Amen" and "Lady Jane" found a home on underground FM radio, but the group failed to make much of an impression on mainstream outlets. While still a member of the Connection, Riperton mounted a solo career; teaming with producer/arranger Charles Stepney and her husband/composer Richard Rudolph, she issued her brilliant debut, Come to My Garden, in 1970, but again commercial success eluded her grasp. After the Rotary Connection dissolved in the wake of 1971's Hey Love, she and Rudolph took a two-year sabbatical in Florida before relocating to Los Angeles, where she sang on Stevie Wonder's Fulfillingness' First Finale and toured as a member of his backing unit Wonderlove.

Wonder agreed to co-produce Riperton's 1974 album Perfect Angel, which contained the international blockbuster "Lovin' You"; the record made her a household name, although subsequent LPs like 1975's Adventures in Paradise and 1977's Stay in Love failed to repeat its success. By this time, however, commercial woes were the least of Riperton's concerns -- diagnosed with breast cancer, she underwent a mastectomy in 1976, later becoming a spokesperson for the American Cancer Society and earning a Society Courage Award from then-President Jimmy Carter. Riperton continued performing despite her declining condition, with 1979's Minnie the final record completed during her lifetime -- she died in L.A. on July 12 of that year. Unreleased vocal tracks with new instrumental backing comprised 1980's posthumous collection Love Lives Forever. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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SIP Perfect Angle
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One of my favorite songs! !
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She made it ok 4 a man.... Do ya wanna ride....
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Omg, I love ❤ her music and I can give my husband some babies off of her music. Lol �� I love ❤ I mrs. Minnie
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Yes- World - "The Chi"- is at it again. Born and attend school on the "SOUTHSIDE " in only side. Beautiful human and voice. Thanks Queen.
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Sweet
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Imitated.... n e v e r duplicated
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love this
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God blessed us with one of "His Angels" for short but beautiful time !!!!!! Minnie was "Special".
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I've never heard a voice like her. I still thinks of her the day it was pronounce she passed. I miss her soooo much. I love you Minnie.
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One of the most beautiful voices I have ever heard
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chlshly
one of a kind ..so beautiful ..inside and out,
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♡Minnie Riperton ♡yes yes back down memory lane love this song so beautiful ;) ♡♡♡♡♡♡
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flawless, brings tears to my eyes
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fayeiswhoiam
there will never be another voice like hers. I remember Minnie and she was truly a great artist and person. Despite the sadness of her later years, she still brings joy to so many of us through her music.
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Classic my hometown princess. .....
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Timeless...
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There will never be another Minnie Riperton!! Rip sweet Angel
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850frontdesk
the BADDEST B...... EVER!!!!!!!! THATS GOOD 2 U squares!!!!!
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Love her soulful voice always will be missed
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I love her and this song God bless her
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Many Beautiful Memories and Moments, Remembering how sweet I felt listening to Mrs . Minnie Riperton.. I miss you.
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Love her music! No one like Minnie!
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My girl. Nice song.....
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Ms. Riperton added quality to my life
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There will never be another like Ms. Ripperton! RIP
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Love, love LOVE her voice. Thank U Minnie Riperton for sharing your gift with us. RIP
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Beautiful voice no one like her
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Love her so much n love her song . I'm gonna see if the man on 125th st puts it on my iPod 2morow. Love her songs it does something 2 me when I hear it. No one can take her place in the way she sings. Love u RIP Minnie 4 ever u will be known here n up therewith Jesus. U are a songbird in my book.
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I will always love Minnie, she was my favorite vocalist. I can remember like yesterday the day she passed. My first experience with lost I felt like I lost my best friend. Minnie will always be the best. I wish pandora would show the lyrics again.
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I've been listening to the only Minnie Riperton album that my kindle prime offers. She only has one that's free; Come To My Garden. The music was performed by Charles s.( I said it that way cause. I can't remember how his name is spelled). One thing I do know about her vocal range is that after a certain point it cannot be humanly explained. That in itself is mind blowing tome. There is a gospel artist by the name of Ernest Pugh that can hit the EXACT same note as Minnie could. What an amazing g
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Happy feet
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Love her music. ..Wow. ...listening to her now like she are still here with us. ........god bless you. .one of God angles now singing for the lord now in heaven. ........!
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God bless you ......You are one of God. .Angeles. ....now..... . R I P . . . . . T h a n k you for that song. ......!
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Minnie, had a unique voice, she was truly Blessed, she left her forever mark with us.,so may she sing up above so bright. Ms.SongBird. God Bless her.
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This was written by Stevie Wonder
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BEST PIPES OF ANY FEMALE SUCH RANGE RIP MY HOMEGIRL!!!
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I don't where to begin when it comes to speaking about Minnie,the amazement of the five-octave range of her voice just amazed me as an young child.I was quite an old soul for music that was really before my time.I thank my parents for playing good music around the house and I keep it close to me this very day.The day Minnie died I begged my mom to let me stay home from school,I cried forever it seems and the pain of the lost never ceased.her album art is displayed on my wall.A perfect angel.
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Such a beautiful voice no one will ever take her place R.I.P
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I love Minnie and for some reason still quite not sure even as a adult but when her music was played it always created erotic thoughts in my mind when i was young
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R.I.P MY BEAUITFUL AUNT I LOVE THE ISLEY BROTHERS LIKE MY LOVE YOU AND MISS U SMILE....
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I love you Minnie, always and forever you will be in my heart!
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MINNIE RIPERTON MUSIC ON IN MY HEART ALWAYS AND FOREVER SMILE....
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Before Mariah there was and always be Minnie, she remains the gold standard for now and always. She stayed here as long as she was suppose to. Just like a beautiful butterfly flutters in and lands for a brief time and then gone never to be seen again. Love will live forever.
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WE LOST A SINGING ANGEL AND WE MISS HER JGA DALLAS TEX ��
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U got that sweet voice ,no words for u LADY !!!!!!
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castlewood20
God blessed Minnie with a beautiful voice to sing lovely songs. She sounded like a song bird when she sang. Truly amazing.
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Beautiful one of a kind voice.
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