1975 Yvonne Fair – The Bitch Is Black

The Bitch Is Black is an album by Yvonne Fair, released in 1975 on Motown.

Flora Yvonne Fair Strain (October 21, 1942 – March 6, 1994), known professionally as Yvonne Fair, was an American singer, best known for her 1975 recording of “It Should Have Been Me”. Fair had a small part as a singer in the Motown produced film Lady Sings the Blues (1972).While on Motown, she was the opening act for the Temptations, the Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, and Stevie Wonder. Fair worked with producer Norman Whitfield on a series of singles: “Love Ain’t No Toy”, “Walk Out the Door If You Wanna”, and her cover version of “Funky Music Sho’ ‘Nuff Turns Me On”. All these featured on her only album in 1975 titled The Bitch Is Black, which was re-released on CD for the first time more than 30 years later.


1  Funky Music Sho Nuff Turns Me On (Norman Whitfield; Barrett Strong) 03:04
It Should Have Been Me (Norman Whitfield; William Stevenson) 03:34
3  Stay A Little Longer (Arthur Scott; Harvey Fuqua; Vernon Williams) 03:27
4  It’s Bad For Me To See You (Gloria Jones; Pam Sawyer) 03:32
5  Tell Me Something Good (Stevie Wonder) 03:29
6  Let Your Hair Down (Norman Whitfield) 04:08
7  Love Ain’t No Toy (Norman Whitfield) 03:24
8  I Know (You Don’t Love Me No More) (Barbara George) 03:17
9  Walk Out The Door If You Wanna (Norman Whitfield) 02:16
10  You Can’t Judge A Book By It’s Cover (Henry Cosby; Stevie Wonder; Sylvia Moy) 02:43


BassHenry Davis
BassJames Jamerson Sr
DrumsEd Greene
DrumsJames Gadson
GuitarDennis Coffey
GuitarEddie Willis
GuitarJohn McGhee
GuitarWah Wah Watson
KeyboardsEarl van Dyke
KeyboardsMark Davis
BongosEddie Brown
CongasEddie Brown
Background VocalsCarolyn Willis
Background VocalsMaxine Willard Waters
Background VocalsLuther Waters
Background VocalsJulia Tillman Waters
Background VocalsOren Waters
VocalsYvonne Fair

Liner Notes

Producer – Norman Whitfield
Producer – Harvey Fuqua (Track 3)
Producer (Creative Assistant) – Asari Graham
Arranged By – Norman Whitfield, Paul Riser
Engineer – Angel Balestier, Art Stewart, Bob Robitaille, Glenn Jordan
Mastered By – Art Stewart, Norman Whitfield

Art Direction – Katarina Pettersson
Design – Art Attack
Photography – Jim Britt

Mixed At Motown Recording Studios
Recorded At Motown Recording Studios
Phonographic Copyright Motown Record Corporation
Copyright Motown Record Corporation