Mitty Collier Biography

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21 June 1941, Birmingham, Alabama, USA. As a member of the travelling gospel group the Hayes Ensemble, Collier toured throughout Alabama and Georgia. Switching to secular music, she was discovered singing in a talent show by Chess Records scout Ralph Bass. Her early releases lacked direction until ‘I’m Your Part Time Love’, an ‘answer’ to Little Johnny Taylor’s ‘Part Time Love’, reached the US R&B Top 20 in 1963. ‘I Had A Talk With My Man’ (1964), remains her definitive single. Adapted from a Rev. James Cleveland song, ‘I Had A Talk With God Last Night’, Collier’s deep contralto soared against producer Billy Davis’ sumptuous backing. Another Cleveland composition, ‘No Cross, No Crown’, then inspired the follow-up, ‘No Faith, No Love’ (1965). Although the quality of her subsequent recordings remained high, ‘Sharing You’ (1966) was her final hit. Her spell with Chess ended in 1968 with ‘Everybody Makes A Mistake Sometimes’, a southern soul-styled offering recorded at Muscle Shoals. Following five singles for William Bell’s Peachtree label and one release for Entrance, Mitty Collier returned to gospel music. The Warning, her first of several albums in this field, featured ‘I Had A Talk With God Last Night’.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.