Mitty Collier

Genres: R&B / Soul
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Decades: 1960s 1970s 1980s 2000s
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21 June 1941, Birmingham, Alabama, USA. As a member of the travelling gospel group the Hayes Ensemble, Collier toured throughout Alabama and Georgia. Switching to secular music, she was discovered singing in a talent show by Chess Records scout Ralph Bass. Her early releases lacked direction until ‘I’m Your Part Time Love’, an ‘answer’ to Little Johnny Taylor’s ‘Part Time Love’, reached the US R&B Top 20 in 1963. ‘I Had A Talk With My Man’ (1964), remains her definitive single. Adapted from a Rev. James Cleveland song, ‘I Had A Talk With God Last Night’, Collier’s deep contralto soared against producer Billy Davis’ sumptuous backing. Another Cleveland composition, ‘No Cross, No Crown’, then inspired the follow-up, ‘No Faith, No Love’ (1965). Although the quality of her subsequent recordings remained high, ‘Sharing You’ (1966) was her final hit. Her spell with...

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