Laura Lee

Genres: Doo Wop R&B / Soul
Tags: soul funk female vocalists rhythm and blues rnb Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Laura Lee Newton, 9 March 1945, Chicago, Illinois, USA. A member of her adopted mother’s, Ernestine Rundless’, gospel group the Meditation Singers, Lee’s 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 Hall’s 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’, ‘Women’s Love Rights’ (both 1970), ‘Rip Off’ and ‘If You Can Beat Me Rockin’ (You Can Have My Chair)’ (both 1972), continued the singer’s uncompromising demands, but such declarations were...

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