23 July 1942, Newark, New Jersey, USA. The teenage Bell gained singing experience as a member of gospel groups, the most notable of which was the Alex Bradford Singers. Bell arrived in the UK in 1962 with the cast of Black Nativity, a gospel show, but remained to embark on a solo career. Although early releases veered towards MOR, the singers mid-60s recordings, including I Really Got Carried Away, Picture Me Gone and Doin Things Together With You, were among Britains strongest home-grown soul singles. Her version of Im Gonna Make You Love Me reached the US Top 30 in 1968. A respected session vocalist, her powerful tones were also heard on numerous pop releases alongside Doris Troy, Lesley Duncan and Rosetta Hightower.
Bell later secured consistent success as a member of Blue Mink, and forged a lucrative career singing jingles for television advertisements, during which...