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Minnie Riperton – Lovin’ You

June 4, 2009 | 1975, Female, Number 1

Minnie Riperton had one of the most unforgettable voices. She could easily reach five octaves.

Her most remembered song, as well as her best selling recording, is Lovin’ You from 1974 album Perfect Angel. It was the song that pushed her into stardom although she had been entertaining since 1961. Just prior to this she was a member of Wonderlove, Stevie Wonder’s backup singers singing on his tour and on the album Fulfillingness’ First Finale.

A few years later, in 1976, Riperton was diagnosed with breast cancer. After having a mastectomy she became a spokesperson for the American Cancer Society. At the age of 31 when she tragically died from the disease on July 12, 1979. She left behind a small body of musical work as well as her husband songwriter Richard Rudolph, son Marc, and a daughter, Maya Rudolph, the Saturday Night Live actress, who is mentioned at the end, when she sings “Ma-ah-aha-aha-ah-ya.”

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