1979 Minnie Riperton – Minnie

Minnie is the fifth album by Minnie Riperton, released in 1979.

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.

Minnie 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, Minnie Riperton also sang lead for the experimental rock/soul group Rotary Connection, from 1967 to 1971. On April 5, 1975, Minnie 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 April 1979, Minnie Riperton released her fifth and final album, Minnie. “Memory Lane” was a hit from the album, and was arguably Riperton’s greatest work. Riperton incorporated the sadness of the ending of a relationship while suddenly shifting to cries of “I don’t want to go,” “save me,” “now I’m slippin’ fast,” “thought it was over; here I go again,” and “travelin’ down, faster than the speed of sound.

Tracks

1  Memory Lane (Keni St Lewis) 4:25
2  Lover and Friend (Gene Dozier, Keni St Lewis) 4:18
3  Return to Forever (Randy Waldman) 4:09
4  Dancin’ and Actin’ Crazy (Randy Waldman) 6:00
5  Love Hurts (Marlo Henderson) 3:37
6  Never Existed Before (Bili Thedford) 4:19
7  I’m A Woman (Bili Thedford) 3:58
8  Light My Fire (The Doors) 5:11

Media

Musicians

1 Memory Lane

BassChuck Rainey
DrumsHarvey Mason Sr
GuitarPhil Upchurch
PianoJeremy Lubbock
Background VocalsBili Thedford
Background VocalsDani McCormick
Background VocalsVenetta Fields
VibesVictor Feldman


2 Lover and Friend

Bass (synthesizer)Stevie Wonder
DrumsStevie Wonder
ClavinetStevie Wonder
HornLarry Williams
SaxKim Hutchcroft
TromboneBill Reichenbach
TrumpetJerry Hey


3 Return to Forever

Acoustic GuitarOscar Castro Neves
PianoVictor Feldman
ViolinJerry Vinci
HornDavid Duke
HornRichard Perrisi
HornVince DeRosa
PercussionSteve Forman
PercussionClaudio Slon


4 Dancin’ and Actin’ Crazy

Bass (synthesizer)Randy Waldman
DrumsAlex Acuna
DrumsLeon Chancler
GuitarArt Phillips
PianoRandy Waldman
TromboneBill Reichenbach
Background VocalsDali Shelby
Background VocalsSandra Riperton Brewer
Background VocalsSidney Barnes


5 Love Hurts

BassAbraham Laboriel Sr
DrumsHarvey Mason Sr
GuitarMitch Holder
KeyboardsRandy Waldman
PianoJeremy Lubbock
PianoRandy Waldman
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
VibesVictor Feldman
Background VocalsBili Thedford
Background VocalsDani McCormick
Background VocalsVenetta Fields


6 Never Existed Before

BassDavid Hungate
DrumsClaudio Slon
GuitarMitch Holder
Acoustic GuitarOscar Castro Neves
PianoJeremy Lubbock
FluteHubert Laws
FluteSheridan Stokes
FluteBuddy Colette
FluteJerome Richardson
FluteBill Green
PercussionSteve Forman


7 I’m A Woman

BassAbraham Laboriel Sr
DrumsHarvey Mason Sr
GuitarMarlo Henderson
GuitarMitch Holder
SynthesizerJeremy Lubbock
SynthesizerRandy Waldman
FluteBuddy Colette
FluteJerome Richardson
FluteTom Scott
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa


8 Light My Fire

BassAbraham Laboriel Sr
DrumsHarvey Mason
GuitarMarlo Henderson
PianoJeremy Lubbock
PianoRandy Waldman
FluteBuddy Colette
FluteJerome Richardson
FluteTom Scott
PercussionHenry Gibson
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
VibesVictor Feldman
VocalsJose Feliciano

Liner Notes

Producer – Henry Lewy, Minnie Riperton, Richard Rudolph
Arranged By [Rhythm] – Stevie Wonder (Track 2)
Arranged By [Rhythm] – Randy Waldman (Track 4)
Mastered By – Bernie Grundman
Mixed By – Dick Rudolph, Henry Lewy, Steve Katz
Recorded By – Henry Lewy, Steve Katz

Art Direction – Roy Kohara
Concept By, Conductor – Jeremy Lubbock
Design – Art Sims
Photography By – Charles William Bush

Phonographic Copyright (p) – Capitol Records, Inc.
Copyright (c) – Capitol Records, Inc.
Recorded At – A&M Studios