Chart Performance: Pop (#1); 1975
Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne
Recruited from Chicago’s Hyde Park High School A Cappella Choir to join the Gems, Minnie Riperton took the lead on the girl group’s final single, Happy New Love. She then sang backup on a number of hits, including Rescue Me (#4; 1965) by Fontella Bass, before waxing Lonely Girl – which showcased her extraordinary three octave range – under the name Andrea Davis. Minnie finally achieved national fame as a member of the psychedelic soul sextet Rotary Connection, who received widespread airplay on progressive rock radio. After releasing six albums, RC disbanded and Minnie took some time off. She next appeared behind Stevie Wonder on Fullfillingness’ First Finale, and Stevie returned the favor by producing Minnie’s Perfect Angel album. Despite the Stevie Wonder name value, neither of the first two singles from Angel did well. However, single #3, Lovin’ You, written by Minnie and her husband, was a winner, taking Minnie all the way to #1.
This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2023 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.
- Stevie Wonder
- Scorbu Productions
Lyrics Written by:
- Minnie Riperton
- Richard Rudolph