Remembering Minnie Riperton
This is *post is in honor of the late great Minnie Riperton, who had an amazing voice and lived a short life on this earth. She died at the young age of 31 and lived from November 8, 1947 – July 12, 1979.
If you've never heard of Minnie Riperton, she was a great soul singer vocalist that was in a band that had some popularity in the late 60's and early 70's, called Rotary Connection, a band I've admired for years. Minnie is pictured on the far right with the band.In the mid-seventies, she struck out on her own vocally and her most well-known hit was "Lovin' You" that was released in 1975.
She is also the mother of funny lady, Maya Rudolph, who used to be on Saturday Night Live and has recently been in the movie, Away We Go. Here she is doing my favorite character that she did on SNL. Regarding Ms. Riperton's passing, here's a blurb directly from Wikipeida. "In 1976 Riperton was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a modified radical mastectomy. Though she was given just six months to live, she continued recording and touring, and in 1977 she became spokesperson for the American Cancer Society. That same year, Riperton also received the Society's Courage Award presented to her at the White House by then-President Jimmy Carter. She died at age 31 on July 12, 1979."Minnie had great style and an amazing voice. Read more about her at the BBC site and take a look at her great style.
(image found on flickr from Jeff Lockard )
And watch this video to see here where Mariah Carey got some ideas...
*I meant to post this yesterday (as a tribute to the 30-year anniversary of her passing), but I was too tired after a crazy weekend, which included a day of rough white water rafting in the low waters of Cache Creek. Sketchy and tiring.