Irma Lee, 18 February 1941, Ponchatoula, Louisiana, USA. The Soul Queen Of New Orleans was discovered in 1958 by band leader Tommy Ridgley. Her early records were popular locally, but an R&B hit came in 1960 with (You Can Have My Husband But Please) Dont Mess With My Man. The following year Thomas rejoined producer/writer Allen Toussaint, with whom she had worked on her first recordings. This reunion resulted in two of Irmas finest singles, Its Raining and Ruler Of My Heart (1962), the latter a prototype for Otis Reddings Pain In My Heart. After signing with the Imperial Records label in 1963 Thomas recorded Wish Someone Would Care (1964), which reached the US Top 20, while the follow-up, Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (Will Understand), also entered the national chart. This single is better recalled for its b-side, Time Is On My Side, which...
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