JP: The story goes: In 1966, a young girl from the Robert Taylor Projects of Chicago’s south side. I had no formal training; my creative juices had just started flowing at the tender age of 16. I had begun to enter talent shows when I heard an advertisement on the radio of a talent show coming up at the Regal Theater (our version of the Apollo). I threw myself into rehearsal singing my favorite song “You Beat Me To The Punch” by Mary Wells. The night of the show I was very nervous but I pulled it off by making 3rd place. A few weeks later, another show came up again at the Regal.
JP: Today I am 72 years old and wiser, I am semi-retired and enjoying time with what is left of my family. I lost Bob in July 2018 to a massive stroke after chasing Kanye West halfway across the country trying to serve him (but that is yet another story) and recently my oldest son Robert Jr died from pancreatic cancer on October 2nd, 2020. I miss them both dearly. Richard and his family now live in Florida but we contact each other often. I have kept myself busy in the last few years with my work and tutoring my 12 yr old grandson Jahlonte who is my joy. My youngest son Ngai Pka “Zodiac Fishgrease” is a well-known video director and he directed Jahlonte’s last video recently called “Ghetto Rhyming” I wrote it and produced it. My latest song is on a new artist “Lady Tye” called Queen’s Anthem that I co-wrote. I think it is picking up a following. Got my fingers crossed! My daughter Ebony AKA Rain is an up-and-coming vocalist and bass player. She has the potential to be a successful artist on her own as a writer. Oh yeah, “The Persuaders” are still around and doing gigs when they can but they have not recorded new music since the last one Bob and I did in 2013 called “Love Lessons” My future is to stay in good health and enjoy the rest of my life. There will always be some kind of music in it.