🐥 “Minnie Julia Riperton-Rudolph (November 8, 1947 ∞ July 12, 1979), known professionally as Minnie Riperton, was an American singer-songwriter best known for her 1975 single #LovinYou" and her five-octave vocal range.
Riperton grew up in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood on the South Side. As a child, she studied music, drama, and dance at Chicago's Lincoln Center.
In her teen years, she sang lead vocals for the Chicago-based girl group, The Gems. Her early affiliation with the legendary Chicago-based Chess Records afforded her the opportunity to sing backup for various established artists such as Etta James, Fontella Bass, Ramsey Lewis, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, and Muddy Waters.”
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