Patti Drew Biography

29 December 1944, Charleston, South Carolina, USA, and raised in Evanston, Illinois. As lead singer of the Drew-vels, a group comprising herself, her sisters Lorraine and Erma, and bass singer Carlton Black, Drew and the band had several local hits, notably ‘Tell Him’ (1963) and ‘It’s My Time’ (1964). Drew became a solo artist two years later and achieved her biggest hits with a remake of ‘Tell Him’ (number 22 R&B, number 85), from 1967, and ‘Workin’ On A Groovy Thing’ (number 34 R&B, number 62 pop), from 1968, a Neil Sedaka composition that was also a hit for the Fifth Dimension. After Drew’s last record with Capitol Records in 1970, she essentially retired from the business a year later. She made one more record for Inovation in 1975. In the 80s she occasionally worked the local lounges in her home town of Evanston with Carlton Black in a group called Front Line.

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