Viola Wills Biography

Los Angeles, California, USA. This soul-songstress only entered the music business after having her sixth child. She was discovered by Barry White, who initially used her as a session vocalist, and in 1965 signed her to Bronco Records where he was A&R head. A handful of singles for the label failed to click as did a release on A Bem Soul in 1969. The next break came when she replaced Claudia Lennear on tour with Joe Cocker, which brought her to Europe and led to her recording in the UK for Goodear in 1974. In 1977 Wills joined Arista Records and in 1979 she recorded for Ariola/Hansa. It was there that she scored her biggest hit with a disco-revival of Patience And Prudence’s ‘Gonna Get Along Without You Now’, which made the UK Top 10 in 1957. She became one of the most successful exponents of Hi-NRG music with other club successes like ‘If You Could Read My Mind’ and ‘Up On The Roof’. She returned to the UK Top 40 in 1986 with the double a-side ‘Both Sides Now’/‘Dare To Dream’, which she produced for the Wide Angle label. The much-recorded singer has also appeared on many labels since 1979, including Island Records in 1987.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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