|Genres:||R&B / Soul|
|Tags:||soul northern soul female vocalists funk rhythm and blues|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
28 February 1944, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 27 November 1998, Omaha, Nebraska, USA. A vocalist in the style of Dionne Warwick and Brenda Holloway, Acklin first recorded for Special Agent under the name Barbara Allen. In 1966, following a spell as a backing singer, she worked as a receptionist at the Brunswick Records offices, and submitted some of her own compositions to producer Carl Davis. One of these, Whispers, co-written with David Scott (of the Five Dutones), was a major hit for Jackie Wilson, who returned the favour by helping Acklin to secure a recording contract with Brunswick. Love Makes A Woman, a US number 15 pop hit in July 1968, was followed by Just Aint No Love and Am I The Same Girl (a UK Top 25 hit in 1992 for Swing Out Sister), while a duet with Gene Chandler, From The Teacher To The Preacher, also charted. Meanwhile, Acklin began writing with Eugene Record from the Chi-Lites, a...