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 Id Rather Be An Old Mans Sweetheart (Than A Young Mans Fool), and helped to guide the singers early releases. She later began pursuing a country-influenced path, especially in the wake of her successful version of Tammy Wynettes 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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