Cheryl Lynn Smith, 11 March 1957, Los Angeles, California, USA. The full-throated Lynn became a hit-maker at the height of discos popularity, singing dance tunes that retained the gospel vocal approach of classic soul. Lynn grew up in the church where her mother was a minister of music. Her break into the music business came in 1976 after she won as a contestant on the US television amateur talent showThe Gong Show. Before signing with Columbia, however, she spent half a year with a touring company of The Wiz, a black musical based on the Wizard Of Oz story. Lynn achieved a million-seller with her very first record, Got To Be Real, reaching number 1 R&B and number 12 pop in 1978. Other chart entries followed, notably Shake It Up Tonight (US R&B number 5), Encore (US R&B number 1), and If You Were Mine (US R&B number 11). She also enjoyed success in 1982 with an excellent remake of the Marvin...
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