30 September 1954, Los Angeles, California, USA. Rushen grew up in Los Angeles and attended the University of Southern California. She started learning classical piano when she was three, and turned to jazz in her teens. A group with which she was playing won an award for young musicians at Monterey in 1972. She played with a host of artists, including Abbey Lincoln, Donald Byrd and Sonny Rollins, before joining Lee Ritenours group in 1977. Her career as a solo singing artist, which commenced in the late 70s as a pop/soul artist, bore fruit on Elektra Records. The US R&B Top 20 hit Hang It Up (1978) was followed by Havent You Heard (US R&B number 7/US pop Top 30, 1979).
The latter, plus Never Gonna Give You Up (Wont Let You Be), were minor UK hits in the early 80s, but were eclipsed by the Top 10 Forget Me Nots. Despite a tailing-off in UK/US pop chart action from that...
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