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27 March 1970, Long Island, New York, USA. This pop diva enjoyed an unprecedented string of US chart-toppers that helped establish her as the most successful female solo artist of the 90s. Carey is the third child of an Irish-American mother, a former opera singer turned voice tutor, and a half-Venezuelan father. As a schoolgirl she began singing on R&B sessions in New York when she met keyboard player and songwriter Ben Margulies who became her songwriting partner and close friend. With Carey writing the melodies and most of the lyrics, and Margulies arranging the songs, they developed a simple blend of soul, gospel and pop that showed off Careys amazing vocal range to the full.
Carey struggled as a waitress until fortune smiled on her. While at a showbusiness party, a friend of the singer thrust a demo cassette into the hands of Sony Musics US president Tommy Mottola. While driving home from the party Mottola played the...