Thursday, June 17, 2010

3 Play Thursday - Minnie Ripperton.

It's 3 Play Thursday. Today: classic soul singer Minnie Ripperton.

Minnie Ripperton is the textbook musical example of "what if?". In her truncated musical career, she delivered perhaps one of the most beautiful songs of all time, the classic "Loving You", which showcased her breathtaking 5-octave range. While many think she was a one-hit wonder, she'd go on to make other great music during a life that was shortened by breast cancer at the age of 31. If nothing else, Ripperton's discography provided a boatload of material for sampling. Listen to any one of the songs below, and you can start rattling off dozens of songs that looped these delightful bars.

Anyways, here's a trio of my favorite Minnie Ripperton tunes. Cop them headphones and go in.

"Loving You"

"Inside My Love"

"Memory Lane"

Question: What's your favorite Minnie Ripperton tune? How many songs can you count that sampled her work?

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