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December 10, 1948
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
May 2, 2014
R&B, pop, soul, funk
The Friends of Distinction, Earth, Wind & Fire, George Clinton, Parliament-Funkadelic
Jessica Cleaves (December 10, 1948 – May 2, 2014) was an American singer and songwriter. Cleaves was lead singer for The Friends of Distinction in the 1960s. [1 ] [2 ]
Early life [ edit ]
Jessica Cleaves was born to Mary Gladys Cleaves (née Wilkerson), a librarian, and Lane C. Cleaves II, a US Postal employee. Cleaves' paternal grandfather, Lane C. Cleaves Sr., was Presiding Bishop over Phillips Temple, CME.
The Friends of Distinction was founded by Harry Elston and Floyd Butler, and beside Cleaves, it included Barbara Jean Love (plus Charlene Gibson, who replaced Love during her pregnancy). During the 1970s, Cleaves performed and recorded with Earth, Wind & Fire. She later moved to Detroit where she joined forces with George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic for several recordings, including [4 ] , Computer Games and R&B Skeletons in the Closet . Dope Dogs [5 ]
She died in hospital in
Los Angeles, aged 65, following complications from a stroke. [5 ]
References [ edit ]
^ Lytle, Craig. "Biography: The Friends of Distinction". AMG . Retrieved May 18, 2010.
^ "Former Earth Wind & Fire and Friends of Distinction singer Jessica Cleaves dies at age 65". SoulTracks . Retrieved May 3, 2014.
^ Robert J. Carmack, "Rest in Love & Peace - Jessica Cleaves 1948-2014", Hipster Sanctuary, May 2, 2014.
^ Bates, Karen Grigsby (May 5, 2014). "Jessica Cleaves: A Silky, Soulful — And Funky — Voice Goes Silent". NPR . Retrieved May 7, 2014.
^ a b Andrea Seikaly, "Soul Singer Jessica Cleaves Dies at 65", Variety, May 7, 2014.
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