Too Late To Turn Back Now – Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#2) & R&B (#5); 1972

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose consisted of brothers Edward and Carter, and – of course – their sister, Rose. Although the family trio hailed from Dania, Florida, their brand of R&B/pop music was more similar to the mid-60’s sweet soul of Chicago and Philadelphia, than the deeper R&B of the South.

In 1970, they released Treat Her Like A Lady to underwhelming response, only to watch it soar to #3 on the Top 40 the following year. Its lukewarm reception at R&B (it peaked at #20) set a pattern for future CB&SR releases.

Still, chief songwriter Eddie wasn’t about to argue with success and returned with an even smoother song – Too Late To Turn Back Now – that breezed through the summer of 1972.

Despite two consecutive gold singles, their fortunes began to slip with sound-alike Don’t Ever Be Lonely (A Poor Little Fool Like Me, which stalled in the 20’s on both charts. After several more so-so singles, the family packed it in 1976.

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Produced by:

  • Bob Archibald

Lyrics Written by:

  • Eddie Cornelius