Minnie Riperton

Born Nov 8, 1947

Minnie Julia Riperton was an American singer-songwriter best known for her vocal range of five-and-a-half octaves, and her 1975 single "Lovin' You". She was married to songwriter and music producer Richard Rudolph from 1972 until her death in the summer of 1979. They had two children - music engineer Marc Rudolph and actress/comedienne Maya Rudolph. Riperton grew up on Chicago's South Side.… Read More

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1947 Birth Born on November 8, 1947.


While at Chess, Riperton also sang lead for the experimental rock/soul group Rotary Connection, from 1967 to 1971. … Read More


1969 21 Years Old In 1969 Riperton, along with Rotary Connection, played in the first Catholic Rock Mass at the Liturgical Conference National Convention, Milwaukee Arena, Milwaukee, WI, produced by James F. Colaianni.
1970 22 Years Old 1 More Event
Riperton's first solo album, Come to My Garden, produced, arranged, and orchestrated by Charles Stepney, was released in 1970 by GRT Records.
1972 24 Years Old 1 More Event
…  She was married to songwriter and music producer Richard Rudolph from 1972 until her death in 1979. … Read More
1973 25 Years Old In 1973, a college intern for Epic Records found Riperton in semi-retirement. … Read More
1974 26 Years Old Her fourth album for Epic Records entitled Stay in Love featured another collaboration with Stevie Wonder in the funky disco tune "Stick Together". She also sang backup on Wonder's songs "Creepin'" from 1974's Fullfillingness' First Finale and "Ordinary Pain" from 1976's Songs in the Key of Life and was mentioned prominently in his song "Positivity" on A Time to Love.
1977 29 Years Old In 1977, Riperton lent her vocal abilities to a track named, "Yesterday and Karma", on Osamu Kitajima's album, "Osamu".


1978 30 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1978, she received the American Cancer Society's Courage Award which was presented to her at the White House by President Jimmy Carter.
In April 1979, Riperton released her fifth and final album, Minnie. … Read More
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