|Genres:||R&B / Soul|
|Tags:||soul motown female vocalists northern soul classic motown|
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US-born soul singer Carolyn Crawford won a 1963 talent contest staged by radio station WCHB in Detroit, the prize being a contract with the citys biggest label, Motown Records. Her debut single, Forget About Me, proved unsuccessful, but she had a minor US hit in 1964 with Smokey Robinsons My Smile Is Just A Frown (Turned Upside Down). Her third release, When Someones Good To You, flopped in the USA, but became a cult record among British soul fans. Crawford left Motown shortly afterwards, working as a backing vocalist and session singer until joining the Detroit soul group Chapter 8 in 1975. She left that group a year later, to be replaced by Anita Baker, and after a spell with the vocal trio Hodges, James & Smith, she relaunched her solo career in 1979, registering another minor hit with Coming On Strong on Mercury. After several years with Chapter 8 she recorded for Ian Levines Motor City...