Who didn’t love R&B singer Minnie Riperton, best known for her 1975 single, “Lovin You”. Minnie captivated audiences all over the world with her five-octave vocal range, enabling her to sing in what is known as “whistle register”,as she famously demonstrated on her 1974 hit ” Lovin’ You “(Mariah Carey,Whitney Houston, Arianna Grande ,and Kelly Clarkson have all learned to sing notes as high as the sky!)
Minnie Riperton had a vast amount of experience with singing and ballet but, it was her parents who recognized her vocal abilities and encourage her to pursue music and voice. Her early affiliation with Chess Records in Chicago allowed her the opportunity to sing backup for various artists such as Etta James, Fontella Bass, Ramsey Lewis, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, and Muddy Waters.
Ms. Riperton was active from 1962 to 1979 singing and touring all over the country. Some of her many hit records include ; Memory Lane, Lovin You,”Les Fleurs”,”Inside My Love” and many more. She passed away on July 12, 1979, and leaving her husband record producer Richard Rudolph and two small children, actress Maya Rudolph and son Marc. Ms. Riperton passed away on July 12, 1979, of Cancer!
MIKE DOUGLASS INTERVIEW WITH MINNIE RIPERTON ONE MONTH BEFORE SHE PASSED IN 1979!