Veronica Crawford, 18 February 1952, Macon, Georgia, USA. Raised in Cincinnati, from the age of 15 Crawford was a regular performer at the citys nightclubs. She later moved to New York and began singing with several jazz musicians including George Benson and Cannonball Adderley. Crawford was subsequently signed to Warner Brothers Records as a solo act, but achieved fame as the (uncredited) voice on Street Life, a major hit single for the Crusaders in 1979. Crawford toured extensively with the group, whose pianist, Joe Sample, provided her with Now We May Begin, a beautiful ballad that established the singers independent career. Crawford enjoyed further successes with One Day Ill Fly Away (UK number 2), You Might Need Somebody, Rainy Night In Georgia (both UK Top 20 hits) and her 1981 album Secret Combination, considered by many to be her finest, reached number 2 in the UK.
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