November 8, 2015

Happy Birthday Minnie Riperton (1947-1979)

Minnie Riperton was born on this date in 1947. Her goal at a very young age was to become a famous singer. Riperton studied opera and spent months learning how to breathe and listening to and holding vowels.

She left school early to make $10 a song, singing backup at local studios. Some reports indicate that Minnie signed her first contract at 14, while others report her to be 16. [SOURCE]

In 1969, she recorded the album "Come To My Garden" which was released in 1971, then came "Perfect Angel" and "Adventures in Paradise" in 1974 and 1975.

The song that inspires me whenever I hear it is simply entitled, 'Loving You'. She sang it with gusto in 1974 on Soul Train:

In 1976, Riperton announced that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer and had undergone a modified mastectomy. Her "experience" (as she referred to her illness) would give her yet another reason for her life ... lending her celebrity and compassion for others to become a spokesperson for breast cancer awareness, the need for self-examination, and the benefit of early detection.

In addition to being a mother, wife, activist, fund raiser, lecturer, wife, and mother, she signed with Capitol Records, a contract that gave her the creative freedom and production quality that she desired. During the summer of 1978, creating what would be her last album, simply entitled "Minnie." She passed away in her husband’s arms on July 12, 1979, at 31 years of age.

Happy Birthday Minnie!


msladyDeborah said...

Hotep Villager!

Minnie Ripperton was a beautiful individual and talent! I still listen to her music.

Have a blessed week!

Unknown said...

Lady D - I didn't realize that she passed away due to breast cancer until today. She had a remarkable voice...

Reggie said...

It's hard to believe that she's been gone that long. She died far too young.

Paris David said...

My mom loved her and was sad when Minnie Riperton died.

Her music lives on. Such an amazing range of octaves and beautiful soul

Ned Hamson said...

The link to Soul Train does not seem to work - this one does and is from 1975 - she was so special -

Unknown said...

Thank you Ned!