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Monday, February 22, 2010

The Story Of Laura Lee

Sometimes the stories of the artists who didn't quite make it are far more interesting than the ones that did.

A case in point would be 60's & 70's soul singer Laura Lee. Hailing from Detroit, Lee sang gospel with Aretha Franklin's sister Erma; recorded for Chess Records; was pursued for signing by Frank Sinatra; recorded for Hot Wax, Holland-Dozier-Holland's post-Motown label; was Al Green's girlfriend before he broke and was the inspiration for songs like "Tired Of Being Alone."

You can hear a fascinating five-part history of her life at Laura's website here. It's definitely worth your time; it's a living, personal history of soul.

5 comments:

Sini said...

Did you read Al Green's autobiography? It's not as substantive as one might wish, but Laura Lee was hugely important to him during the crisis years. I love your blog, by the way.

Sini said...

Ah... I see that's part 4.

subramanian said...

good

Anonymous said...

good

Anonymous said...

Huh? Singing to her, why did he marry Shirley? Wow!

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