8 November 1947, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 12 July 1979, Los Angeles, California, USA. A former singer with the Gems, Riperton recorded under the name Andrea Davis prior to joining the Rotary Connection. She remained with this adventurous, black pop/psychedelic group between 1967 and 1970, before embarking on a solo career. In 1973 the singer began working with Wonderlove, Stevie Wonders backing group. Two years later he returned this compliment, producing Ripertons Perfect Angel, and contributing two original compositions to the selection. However, it was Lovin You, a song written by Riperton and her husband Richard Rudolph, that brought international success, (US number 1/UK number 2) in 1975. This delicate performance featured the artists soaring multi-octave voice, but set a standard later releases found hard to emulate. Riperton succumbed to breast cancer in July 1979.
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