Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose
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Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose was a family soul singing group from Dania Beach, Florida, that gained popularity in the early 1970s. The original members were the siblings Carter Cornelius, Eddie Cornelius, and Rose Cornelius. Cleveland E. Barrett an original member of the group (a childhood friend was killed in a car accident on his way home). Another sister, Billie Jo Cornelius, was added later. On January 18, 2001, the surviving members of the group filed a multimillion dollar lawsuit against Capitol Records, Cornelius v. EMI Music, Inc., Case No. 2001-1350 CA-01, in the Miami Dade Circuit Court.
The group hit the pop chart in 1971, with the single "Treat Her Like a Lady" (U.S. R&B Top 20, Billboard Hot 100 #3). The record was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America on 2 August 1971.
The act succeeded again in 1972 with "Too Late to Turn Back Now" (U.S. R&B #5, Hot 100 #2); both songs were written by Eddie Cornelius. This also sold over one million copies with a gold disc awarded in August 1972.
While the group failed to find any further success on the scale of their first two singles, two releases, "Don't Ever Be Lonely" and "I'm Never Gonna Be Alone Anymore" reached the Billboard Top 40. Their final charting single was "Since I Found My Baby" in 1974, from their third and last album. Their records were all produced by Bob Archibald at the Music Factory in Miami.
The group broke up in 1976 when Carter Cornelius joined a black Hebrew sect in Miami and adopted the name Prince Gideon Israel. He wrote, recorded, and mixed the sect's music and videos for the next 15 years. He died of a heart attack on November 7, 1991. Eddie Cornelius became a born-again Christian and later an ordained pastor. He still continues to sing, produce, and write music that reflects his faith in God.
Rose Cornelius appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in June 1967, and performed in Las Vegas and worldwide before joining her brothers. She came home to form CB&SR with her brothers at her mother's request. Rose Cornelius wrote most of the CB&SR background vocals. In 1970, she toured with another group called the Gospel Jazz Singers. She is working and living in Port Saint Lucie, Florida, and still performs with many groups.
|Year||Album||Peak chart positions|
|July 1972||Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose||29||12|
|December 1973||Big Time Lover||—||32|
|March 1976||Greatest Hits||—||60|
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album|
|1971||"Treat Her Like a Lady"||3||20||—||Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose|
|1972||"Too Late to Turn Back Now"||2||5||6|
|"Don't Ever Be Lonely (A Poor Little Fool Like Me)"||23||28||27|
|"I'm Never Gonna Be Alone Anymore"||37||43||10|
|1973||"Let Me Down Easy"||96||—||—|
|"I Just Can't Stop Loving You"||104||79||—||Big Time Lover|
|1974||"Big Time Lover"||—||88||—|
|"Since I Found My Baby"||—||59||—||Greatest Hits|
|"Got To Testify (Love)"**||—||—||—|
**NOTE: "Got To Testify (Love)" reached #15 on the US Dance chart.
- Melville, Joshua (Feb. 2001). "Cornelius Bros. Sue EMI, Producer's Wife For $1 Million in Record Royalties" Entertainment Law & Finance, p. 6.
- Miami-Dade County Court Records Book 22623/ Page 544
- Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. pp. 291 and310. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
- Whitburn, Joel (2011). Record Research Online Database. "Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose" Billboard Chart Discography. Retrieved March 17, 2011.