1973 Zulema – Ms. Z

zulema-1973Ms. Z is the second album by Zulema. It was released in 1973.

Zulema Cusseaux (3 January 1947 – 30 September 2013), usually credited as Zulema, was an American disco and rhythm & blues singer and songwriter. Aside from her solo career, she was a member of an early line up of Faith, Hope and Charity and worked as a backing vocalist and songwriter with Aretha Franklin.

Zulema left Faith, Hope and Charity in 1971 shortly after a label switch to Sussex Records. Bailey and Hilliard would occasionally sing backing vocals on Zulema’s albums, though. Her self-titled solo album included the song “American Fruit, African Roots” and a cover of “If This World Were Mine.” Zulema started touring as opening act for major stars like Bill Withers. She appeared on a bill with Roberta Flack, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Earth, Wind and Fire and Sly Stone at the Push Expo in Chicago, a concert which became a motion picture called Save the Children. The movie’s soundtrack was released on Motown Records and included Zulema’s single mother anthem, “This Child of Mine”.


1  Giving Up (Danny Wolfe) 6:59
2  I Was So Wrong (Zulema Cusseaux) 3:19
3  I Was There (Zulema Cusseaux) 3:40
4  Tree (Zulema Cusseaux) 3:58
5  You Changed On Me (Zulema Cusseaux) 2:58
6  Love Has Flown (Zulema Cusseaux) 3:41
7  Love Train (Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff) 3:07
8  I’m Watchin’ You (Joseph Gray,Zulema Cusseaux) 3:43
9  Hold Back The Night (Joseph Gray,Zulema Cusseaux) 4:05
10  Telling The World Good-Bye (Zulema Cusseaux) 4:19



Bass Leland Sklar
Drums Ed Greene
Guitar Dean Parks
Guitar Jay Graydon
Guitar Melvin Ragin
Guitar Robert White
Clavinet Joe Sample
Piano Leonard Caston
Piano Miccho Leviey
Sax Ernie Watts
Sax Jackie Kelso
Sax Bill Green
Trombone Jimmy Henderson
Trombone Tommy Shepard
Trumpet Bobbie Bryant
Trumpet Oscar Brashear
Trumpet Paul Hubinon
Background Vocals Carolyn Willis
Background Vocals Julia Tillman Waters
Background Vocals Maxine Willard Waters
Vocals Zulema Cusseaux

Other Musicians

Strings Jack Shulman
Strings The Concert Master Hollywood Strings 

Liner Notes

Producer, Arranged By – Bobby Tailor
Arranged By – Gene Page
Arranged By (Special) – Zulema
Recorded By, Mixed By – Andrew Berliner

Art Direction – Carl Overr
Design – Dave Bhang
Photography By – Mike Levins

Published By – Interior Music Corp.
Published By – Greg Mark Music Publishing, Inc.
Published By – Assorted Music
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Sussex Records, Inc.
Copyright (c) – Sussex Records, Inc.
Manufactured By – Sussex Records, Inc.
Recorded At – Crystal Sound