9 August 1947, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Mason first recorded for Crusader Records in 1964, but did not achieve success until she began recording for the Philadelphia-based Artic label the following year. With her voice sounding young and innocent in its thinness and flatness, Mason reached the US charts with the marvellous Yes, Im Ready (R&B number 2, 1965), and excellent follow-ups, Sad, Sad Girl (R&B number 12/pop Top 30, 1965), I Need Love (R&B number 25, 1966) and Oh, How It Hurts (R&B number 11, 1968). A brief stay at the National Records label yielded one moderate hit, Raindrops Keep Fallin On My Head (R&B number 38, 1970), a cover version of the B.J. Thomas hit. In 1972, Mason signed with Buddah Records and moved into recording more mature material, such as Give Me Your Love (R&B number 9/pop Top 40, 1972), a Curtis Mayfield song from the...
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