Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Monumental Soundbyte - 2

Minnie Riperton - Loving you
This is a classic by any standards.
Ms Riperton died in 1979 of breast cancer but she left some wonderful music behind. This woman could sing. I am not talking about the ability to sound good but she could really SING. If you know this song, then you know that there is a part of this song where her voice lifts and gets so high that trying to sing along is pure madness. Well, her voice could hit the whistle register - that note that allegedly can shatter glass. She was also an excellent imitator and could do anything with her voice including imitate animals. Phenomenal.
She also has a famous daughter....Her daughter Maya Rudolph is a regular on Saturday Night Live and they actually look quite a bit alike.
I first heard this song when Shanice did this song and i really liked it. I remember my dad coming into my room and asking who was singing. Then he said it wasnt a bad cover but the original was better. So of course after finding out from him who the original artist was, i went on a search to find the original and it has been one of my favorites since. If you are would like to hear more from Ms Riperton, i would recommend Here We Go and Inside my Love
What's not to love about this song? Its beautiful, her delivery is on point and the words are amazing.
*If you would like this song, leave me an email address in the comments section*


Soul said...

Nice one. You know I never knew how she died.
The one thing which I always remember is her smile. That woman has a smile that ohhhh just makes you feel at ease.

Can i suggest a few more classic from her?
Midnight at the Oasis (covered by the brand new heavies)
Le Fleur
Inside my love (covered by I think Seidah Garrett)

tolu said...

oohhhh can i pls get this song tolufadekemi@gmail.com

9jamommy said...

I want I want....9jamommy@gmail.com

ababoypart2 said...


She is the next on my Sisters of Soul Blog


Vickii said...

Awww, I loved this song! Didn't Shanice cover it?

Awoof said...

Oh my goodness, that's such a good song! And you all can just Lime it off the net!

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

oh my gosh.. she has an absolutely beautiful voice.. i feel your father on this one... no one has sung(sang?) it better than her... i love this song! oh my gosh i never knew that maya rudolph was her daughter.. actually i dont even know what she looks like come to think of it...

JustMeWriting said...

hello, I saw you over on olawunmi's page...nice blog and HECK yeah, Minni Riperton is amazing...she didn't have many hits, but ones she did were SUPER.

Mamarita said...

Oh my, didn't know Maya Rudolph's her daughter....I love the song, I remember one of my uncles sang it to his girlfriend back in the day and as soon as he was done singing, the radio started to play the song....I thought, wow! I want that, not anymore though:(