|Genres:||Doo Wop R&B / Soul|
|Tags:||soul funk female vocalists rhythm and blues rnb|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
Laura Lee Newton, 9 March 1945, Chicago, Illinois, USA. A member of her adopted mothers, Ernestine Rundless, gospel group the Meditation Singers, Lees first secular recording was made for the Detroit-based Ric-Tic label. She was signed to Chess Records in 1966, who, after failing to find success with a Chicago-recorded single, sent her to Rick Halls Fame Studio in Muscle Shoals where Dirty Man and the Fame-cut Uptight Good Man became two 1967 R&B hits. She recorded many fine, assertive sides for Chess, before beginning her most prolific period when she joined Hot Wax Records, one of the companies founded by the Holland/Dozier/Holland songwriting team. Wedlock Is A Padlock, Womens Love Rights (both 1970), Rip Off and If You Can Beat Me Rockin (You Can Have My Chair) (both 1972), continued the singers uncompromising demands, but such declarations were...