Candi Staton

Genres: Christian & Gospel R&B / Soul
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Decades: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Candi Staton-Sussewell, 13 March 1940, Hanceville, Alabama, USA. A former member of the Jewel Gospel Trio, Staton left the group, and her first husband, for a secular career. She was then discovered performing at a club by Clarence Carter, who took the singer to the Fame Records label. Carter wrote her debut hit, the uncompromising ‘I’d Rather Be An Old Man’s Sweetheart (Than A Young Man’s Fool)’, and helped to guide the singer’s early releases. She later began pursuing a country-influenced path, especially in the wake of her successful version of Tammy Wynette’s ‘Stand By Your Man’. Staton and Carter were, by now, married, although this relationship subsequently ended in divorce.

Staton left Fame for Warner Brothers Records in 1974 but it was two years before ‘Young Hearts Run Free’, an excellent pop-styled hit (UK number 2/US number 20), consolidated this new phase (the track has become...

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