Madeline Bell

Decades: 1990s 2000s

Biography

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 singer’s mid-60s recordings, including ‘I Really Got Carried Away’, ‘Picture Me Gone’ and ‘Doin’ Things Together With You’, were among Britain’s strongest home-grown soul singles. Her version of ‘I’m 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...

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