Minnie Riperton, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death

    

Minnie Riperton

American singer-songwriter

Date of Birth: 08-Nov-1947

Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Date of Death: 12-Jul-1979

Profession: singer, singer-songwriter

Nationality: United States

Zodiac Sign: Scorpio


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About Minnie Riperton

  • Minnie Julia Riperton-Rudolph (November 8, 1947 – July 12, 1979) was an American singer-songwriter best known for her 1975 single "Lovin' You" and her five-octave coloratura soprano range.
  • She is also widely known for her use of the whistle register and has been referred to by the media as the "Queen of the whistle register".
  • Born in 1947, Riperton grew up in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood on the 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 No.
  • 1 single "Lovin' You".
  • The single was the last release from her 1974 gold album titled Perfect Angel.
  • In January 1976, Riperton was diagnosed with breast cancer and, in April, she 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.
  • Riperton died of cancer on July 12, 1979 at age 31.

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