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Really Brief Bios:
(... with more to come!)

Angela Bofill
Initially promoted as a light jazz vocalist for her first albums (GRP, late 70s), "Angie's" smoky voice was so well-suited for contemporary soul music that she was soon embraced by r&b audiences. Her classics include "This Time I'll Be Sweeter," "Tonight I Give In," and her signature "I Try."

Pattie Brooks

In-demand session vocalist found commercial break first as a background singer for Donna Summer and then as a solo disco star. Big hit was "After Dark" from the Thank God It's Friday soundtrack in '78.

Chic (Alfa Anderson, Luci Martin)

Vocalists of super disco group Chic from '77-'85. They're as responsible for such hits as "Le Freak" and "Good Times" as Chic members/producers Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards are.

If you're familiar with the groovy, jazzy vibes of Roy Ayers' 70s music, then you're familiar with Chicas. She provided impassioned lead vocals on Ayers classics like "Everybody Loves the Sunshine" and "Running Away." She only performed w/him in mid-70s.

Lyn Collins

Funky James Brown vocalist made 2 solo albums, in 1972 and 1975, for JB's People label. "Think (About It)" and her other rare groove classics helped make her the most sampled female artist in hip hop.


Debra Laws

Sister of jazz musicians Ronnie and Hubert Laws. You hear her sweet voice on saxophonist Ronnie's '80 classic "Every Generation," flautist Hubert's "Land of Passion" (1978), and, of course, her huge 1981 lone solo hit "Very Special."


Carrie Lucas

Head diva of L.A.'s Solar records, Lucas lended her soft vocals on albums by labelmates The Whispers, as well as to her own solo releases. Minor hits include "Dance With You" in '79, "Career Girl" in '80, and her version of Barbara Lewis' "Hello Stranger" in '85.


Lonette McKee
This vocalist and pianist is more recognized for her work as an actress. She's appeared in films like Sparkle and The Women of Brewster's Place. But she released a few records in the 1970s. Her Carly Simon-esque 1978 album Words and Music featured Patrice Rushen.

Ritchie Family

Disco vocalists Cassandra Ann Wooten, Gwendolyn Oliver, & Cheryl Mason-Jacks had hits so big ("Brasil," "Best Disco in Town") that their producers were inspired to create the Village People.

Donna Summer
Often referred to as the "Queen of Disco" and the "First Lady of Love," LaDonna Gaines had first success heaving orgasmicly against a Eurodisco groove in 75's "Love to Love You Baby." 4 albums later, Donna proved her talents to unbelievers as a top-notch vocalist and writer with her breakthrough Bad Girls released in '79. She still enjoys a career of longevity and fiercely loyal fans.

Londie Wiggins

Sole female singer for 70s soul group New Birth. Provided searing, high-pitched vocals for hits like "It's Been a Long Time," "Dream Merchant," and "Wildflower." Also known as Londie Loren.

Deniece Williams
This bright-voiced Chicago native began her career in Wonderlove, Stevie Wonder's backup singers. Her solo albums featured hits like "Free," "Silly," "It's Gonna Take a Miracle," "Black Butterfly," and the pop-py "Let's Hear it For the Boy" from Footloose. Today, "Niecy" is an accomplished Contemporary Christian performing artist.



Soulful vocalist with uncategorizable style, much like Maxayn and Linda Lewis. Rare groove fans enjoy her obscure early 70s releases for Sussex and RCA.

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