Minnie Riperton
American singer-songwriter
Minnie Riperton
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.
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Juggling a Comedy Series About Juggling Life's Tasks
NYTimes - over 5 years
LOS ANGELES CONSIDER the story of the woman who barely paused her thriving show-business career to have children and went back to work almost directly from the delivery room, still learning to juggle the needs of parenthood, her profession and a spouse with his own demanding vocation. That's the premise NBC hopes is funny and relatable enough to
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Marie Osmond talks about her life, upcoming Tulsa show - Tulsa World
Google News - over 5 years
And, you know, Minnie Riperton, she sings (breaks into song) "Lovin' youuu, is easy 'cause you're beautifulll ..." I love that song, it's in that key of outer space. That's what got me fooling around with opera. ... I just worked with so many
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Don't Forget: Maya Rudolph Is An Awesome Singer! - BestWeekEver.tv (satire)
Google News - over 5 years
You may have forgotten, but Maya Rudolph — daughter of iconic singer Minnie Riperton — was in a band called The Rentals before she was HILARZ on Saturday Night Live and, consequently, in movies like Idiocracy and something called
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Maya Rudolph Fronts Prince Cover Band At Reunion Show For That Dog - VH1 (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
We could go on about their musical interconnections (and parentage, eg Rudolph's mother Minnie Riperton), but the key takeaway here is the video above, in which Rudolph and band (Princess—get it?) deliver their take on classic Purple Rain cut “Darling
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Ronaldo corneta “dieta” e voz de Spider - globoesporte.com
Google News - over 5 years
... era sobre um em que um elegante Anderson faz uma serenata para um hamburger. É uma propaganda de uma cadeia de lanchonetes – inspiranda num célebre videoclipe de “Loving you” com Minnie Riperton (a canção é de 1974 e foi um grande sucesso nos anos 70)
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Video: Anderson Silva loves canaries, harps and cheeseburgers - Yahoo! Sports (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Silva lipsynching Minnie Riperton? Of course. I never knew of Silva's love for playing the harp, or canaries, or jewel-encrusted dogs, but the man is multi-faceted. He likes to dance, do impressions, eat grotesquely large cheeseburgers, and kick people
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Keni St Lewis Hits Billboards Top Ten and Peaks at Number 4 With His Hit ... - DigitalJournal.com (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
Keni also worked with Minnie Riperton and composed the song “Back Down Memory Lane” which she recorded and performed live on television shows before her untimely death from breast cancer. Currently radio stations across America has once again embraced
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Under The Influence: Givers In Light - Stereogum
Google News - over 5 years
In addition to including DP's “Useful Chamber” on this playlist of songs that influenced In Light, Tiff, Taylor, and Kirby also nod to some less obvious influences like Minnie Riperton and Oumou Sangare. Check out the mix and read their explanations
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CRATE-DIG DUSTY: "What Color Is Love," Terry Callier - The Virginian-Pilot
Google News - over 5 years
They include Minnie Riperton's otherworldly debut, 1970's Come to My Garden. Three years later, he collaborated with another Chi-Town artist, folk singer-guitarist Terry Callier, on the sublime What Color Is Love. It followed Terry's first album with
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What's On Repeat: "Street Life (Return of the Life)" by Intelligent Hoodlum - Ology
Google News - over 5 years
For 4 minutes and 22 seconds, Hoodlum puts out a diverse lyrical “beware and rise up†brute truth public announcement to the people, working over some Epitome of Scratch sounds and Minnie Riperton “Inside My Love†samples, and putting out a
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Chess Records: The next move - Post-Tribune
Google News - over 5 years
... where the Rolling Stones recorded parts of their 1964 album “12 X 5” and where future singer Minnie Riperton worked as receptionist while trying to tame Sonny Boy Williamson, who wanted to hassle owner Leonard Chess about royalty payments
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Football transfer rumours: Chelsea to sign Pepe and Scott Dann? - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
... in his way of making this incredible move," Tranmere manager Les Parry said, rolling around on top of a mattress covered in high denomination notes and singing along to the "la-la-la-la la-la-laaa-da-da" bit in "Loving You" by Minnie Riperton
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AmErykah the Beautiful: Erykah Badu in Detroit - Examiner.com
Google News - over 5 years
Her current musical influences include Minnie Riperton, and listens to "the Emotions, Steely Dan, Anita Baker, and Pink Floyd, specifically The Dark Side of the Moon." Ms. Badu is personally inspired by Harriet Tubman, recalling a story that
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4hero remix Nuyorican Soul's I Am the Black Gold of the Sun - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
Featuring Minnie Riperton's soaring vocals over Charles Stepney's epic symphonic production, it is one of those perfectly realised numbers you don't want to mess with ... unless you're Masters At Work. NYC house DJs Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez and "Little"
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Minnie Riperton
    THIRTIES
  • 1979
    Age 31
    Extreme lymphedema immobilized her right arm in early 1979.
    More Details Hide Details In her final singing appearances on television (most notably on the Mike Douglas Show), her right arm would remain in a fixed position during her performances. By mid-June, she was confined to bed. She entered Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on July 10. On Thursday, July 12 at 10 am, while lying in her husband's arms, Riperton died while listening to a recording Stevie Wonder had made for her. That Sunday, following a funeral service attended by more than five hundred mourners, Riperton was interred in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles. Her epitaph is the opening line of her most famous song: "Lovin' you is easy cause you're beautiful." After Riperton died, several artists contributed vocals to tracks she had recorded before her death, to help compile Richard Rudolph's final tribute to his wife, Love Lives Forever. Included, among others, were Peabo Bryson, Michael Jackson, and Stevie Wonder. Riperton's last single, "Give Me Time", was released in 1980. Richard Rudolph wrote the song, "Now That I Have You" for her, but she never got the chance to record it; he gave the song to Teena Marie, who recorded it (and co-produced it with Rudolph) on Marie's second LP, Lady T. Finally, in 1981, Capitol Records released The Best of Minnie Riperton, a greatest hits collection. The "new" song on the album was a remake of Joni Mitchell's "A Woman of Heart and Mind", which was a holdover from the Minnie sessions.
    In April 1979, Riperton released her fifth and final album, Minnie.
    More Details Hide Details During the recording of the album, her cancer progressed to the point that she was in a great deal of pain. "Memory Lane" was a hit from the album. Riperton incorporated the sadness of the ending of a relationship while suddenly shifting to cries of "I don't want to go," "save me," "now I'm slippin' fast," "thought it was over; here I go again," and "travelin' down, faster than the speed of sound." It is thought that "Memory Lane" was her farewell to her family and to the world. Her last televised performance was on an episode of The Merv Griffin Show (aired July 6, 1979), during which she performed Memory Lane and Lover and Friend.
  • 1978
    Age 30
    In 1978, Riperton's attorney Mike Rosenfeld and her husband, Richard Rudolph, orchestrated a move to Capitol Records for Riperton and her CBS Records catalog.
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    In 1978, she received the American Cancer Society's Courage Award which was presented to her at the White House by President Jimmy Carter.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1977
    Age 29
    In 1977, Riperton lent her vocal abilities to a track named, "Yesterday and Karma", on Osamu Kitajima's album, "Osamu".
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  • 1974
    Age 26
    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.
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  • 1973
    Age 25
    In 1973, a college intern for Epic Records found Riperton in semi-retirement.
    More Details Hide Details She had become a homemaker and a mother of two in Gainesville, Florida. After he heard a demo of the song "Seeing You This Way", the rep took the tape to Don Ellis, VP of A&R for Epic. Riperton signed with Epic Records, and the family moved to Los Angeles, California. The subsequent record, Perfect Angel, turned out to be one of Riperton's best-selling albums. Included were the rock-soul anthem "Reasons"; the second single, "Take a Little Trip" (written by Stevie Wonder, who also coproduced the album); and the third single, "Seeing You This Way". Sales of the album started out slow. Epic was ready to move on to the next record, but Rudolph convinced them to release another single. With the fourth single, "Lovin' You", the album caught on, and in April 1975, the song went to the top of the charts in the U.S. and 24 other countries. The song reached #2 in the UK, and number three on the U.S. R&B charts. It sold more than one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA in April 1975. Perfect Angel went gold and Riperton was finally revered as the "lady with the high voice and flowers in her hair." The album also featured the song "Every Time He Comes Around", with Deniece Williams singing the background vocals. Riperton's daughter, Saturday Night Live actress Maya Rudolph, was a child when "Lovin' You" was recorded.
  • 1972
    Age 24
    Minnie was married to songwriter and music producer Richard Rudolph from 1972 until her death in the summer of 1979.
    More Details Hide Details They had two children - a son, music engineer Marc Rudolph and actress Maya Rudolph. Riperton revealed on the The Tonight Show on August 24, 1976, that she had undergone a mastectomy due to breast cancer. At the time of her diagnosis, Riperton found out her cancer had already spread to the lymphatic system, and was given about six months to live. She continued touring in 1977 and 1978, and became the national spokeswoman for the American Cancer Society's 1978–79 campaign.
    She was married to songwriter and music producer Richard Rudolph from 1972 until her death in 1979.
    More Details Hide Details They had two children: music engineer Marc Rudolph and actress/comedian Maya Rudolph. Riperton grew up on Chicago's 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.
  • 1970
    Age 22
    She was presented as a solo artist by Ramsey Lewis on Saturday, December 26, 1970 at Chicago's famed London House.
    More Details Hide Details She performed several numbers from the album accompanied by Charles Stepney, the album's producer. Although commercially unsuccessful, Come to My Garden is now considered a masterpiece by music critics and many others in the music industry.
    Riperton's first solo album, Come to My Garden, produced, arranged, and orchestrated by Charles Stepney, was released in 1970 by GRT Records.
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  • 1969
    Age 21
    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.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1967
    Age 19
    They released their debut in 1967 and, eventually, five more albums: 1968's Aladdin; the Christmas album Peace; Songs; and finally 1970's Dinner Music and Hey Love.
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    In 1967, Riperton met songwriter Richard Rudolph, whom she married five years later.
    More Details Hide Details They have a son named Marc, and their daughter is Maya Rudolph, a successful television and film actress/comedian. Riperton's first professional singing engagement was with The Gems, when she was 15. Raynard Miner, a blind pianist, heard her singing during her stint with Hyde Park's A Cappella Choir and became her musical patron. The Gems had relatively limited commercial success, but proved to be a good outlet for Riperton's talent. Eventually the group became a session group known as Studio Three and it was during this period that they provided the backing vocals on the classic 1965 Fontella Bass hit "Rescue Me". In 1964, The Gems released a local hit, I Can't Help Myself, and their last single, He Makes Me Feel So Good, was released in 1965. The Gems later released records under numerous names—most notably 1966's Baby I Want You by the Girls Three and 1967's My Baby's Real by the Starlets. The latter has achieved cult status with northern soul fans and remains a favorite. It was a Motown-style song reminiscent of Tammi Terrell. In 1968, Watered Down was released as a follow-up, under the name The Starlets. It was the last release of Riperton's former girl group.
    While at Chess, Riperton also sang lead for the experimental rock/soul group Rotary Connection, from 1967 to 1971.
    More Details Hide Details On April 5, 1975, Riperton reached the apex of her career with her #1 single, "Lovin' You". The single was the last release from her 1974 gold album entitled Perfect Angel. In January 1976, Riperton was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a radical mastectomy. By the time of diagnosis, the cancer had metastasized and she was given about six months to live. Despite the grim prognosis, she continued recording and touring. She was one of the first celebrities to go public with her breast cancer diagnosis, but did not disclose she was terminally ill. In 1977, she became a spokesperson for the American Cancer Society.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1947
    Born
    Born on November 8, 1947.
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