Teena Marie is not the only pint-sized soulful "vanilla child" out there. Lydia Pense, the leader of the funky hybrid of soul and San Francisco rock known as Cold Blood, packs a voice reminiscent of Janis Joplin (who actually recommended the band to concert promoter Bill Graham) and a groove closer to Aretha or Sly Stone.
The former national childhood rollerskating champ pushed forth this hip group so much with her tough vocalese that by their sixth album in '76, they changed their name to "Lydia Pense with Cold Blood." How's that for girl power.
Lydia Pense & Cold Blood (Official Site)
No Way Home, 1972
Baby I Love You, 1973
Cold Blood by Cold Blood, San Francisco, 1969
Sisyphus by Cold Blood, San Francisco, 1970
First Taste of Sin by Cold Blood, Reprise, 1972
Thriller by Cold Blood, Reprise, 1973
Lydia by Cold Blood, Warner Bros., 1974
Lydia Pense & Cold Blood, ABC, 1976
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