Friday, August 12, 2016

Ruby Winters RIP

It's been reported that soul singer Ruby Winters has passed away at the age of 69. Born in Kentucky,
Ruby's first success was on a duet with Johnny Thunder in 1967 with Make Love To Me. She recorded several records for the Diamond label including I Want Action/ Better, which was released in the UK on Stateside  and became a highly collectable Northern soul favourite. Other Diamond releases included Always David (written by Dan Penn and Eddie Hinton), I Don't Want To Cry and Guess Who. After several less successful records for other labels she recorded I Will, a song that had been recorded earlier by Vic Dana in 1962 and Billy Fury two years later, which became a surprise top ten hit in the UK on the Creole label in 1977. She followed it up with another UK top 20 hit with Come To Me and had smaller hits with I Won't Mention It Again and Baby Lay Down.
Another recent death is that of producer and songwriter Leo Graham who was closely involved with many records by Tyrone Davis and the Manhattans. He wrote one of Tyrone's biggest hits, Turning Point.
It's farewell also to Bonnie Brown, a member of The Browns, who are best known for the 1959 hit The Three Bells. Other records included Scarlet Ribbons, The Old Lamp Lighter and Send Me The Pillow That You Dream On.


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