Minnie Riperton

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Also performs as: Andrea Davis


Minnie Julia Riperton-Rudolph (November 8, 1947 – July 12, 1979), known professionally as Minnie Riperton, was an American singer-songwriter best known for her 1975 single "Lovin' You". She was married to songwriter and music producer Richard Rudolph from 1972 until her death in 1979. They had two children: music engineer Marc Rudolph and actress/comedian Maya Rudolph.

Riperton grew up on Chicago's South Side. As a child, she studied music, drama, and dance at Chicago's Lincoln Center. In her teen years, she sang lead vocals for the Chicago-based girl group, The Gems. Her early affiliation with the legendary Chicago-based Chess Records afforded her the opportunity to sing backup for various established artists such as Etta James, Fontella Bass, Ramsey Lewis, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, and Muddy Waters. While at Chess, Riperton also sang lead for the experimental rock/soul group Rotary Connection, from 1967 to 1971. On April 5, 1975, Riperton reached the apex of her career with her #1 single, "Lovin' You". The single was the last release from her 1974 gold album entitled Perfect Angel.

In January 1976, Riperton was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a radical mastectomy. By the time of diagnosis, the cancer had metastasized and she was given about six months to live. Despite the grim prognosis, she continued recording and touring. She was one of the first celebrities to go public with her breast cancer diagnosis, but did not disclose she was terminally ill. In 1977, she became a spokesperson for the American Cancer Society. In 1978, she received the American Cancer Society's Courage Award which was presented to her at the White House by President Jimmy Carter. She died at age 31 on July 12, 1979.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1970 Come to My Garden Minnie Riperton 3
1974 Perfect Angel Minnie Riperton 3 2
1975 Adventures in Paradise Minnie Riperton 2
1977 Stay in Love Minnie Riperton 1
1979 Minnie Minnie Riperton 1
1980 Love Lives Forever Minnie Riperton 2
1990 Only When I'm Dreaming Minnie Riperton 1
1998 Super Now Minnie Riperton 1
2004 Perfect Angel / Adventures in Paradise Minnie Riperton 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1981 The Best of Minnie Riperton Minnie Riperton 2
1993 Capitol Gold: The Best of Minnie Riperton Minnie Riperton 1
1997 Her Chess Years Minnie Riperton feat. The Gems & Rotary Connection 2
1999 Free Soul: The Classics of Minnie Riperton Minnie Riperton 1
2001 Petals: The Minnie Riperton Collection Minnie Riperton 1
2001 Les Fleurs: The Minnie Riperton Anthology Minnie Riperton 1
2002 The Best of Minnie Riperton: Anthology Minnie Riperton 1
2004 Stay in Love / Minnie Minnie Riperton 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1975 Lovin’ You Minnie Riperton 2
2001 Les Fleur Minnie Riperton 1

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