Ruby Andrews

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Ruby Andrews
Birth name Ruby M. Stackhouse
Born Hollandale, Mississippi, U.S.
Genres R&B soul, deep soul, soul blues
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1967 - present
Labels Kelmac Records, Zodiac, MCA, ABC
Associated acts Brothers of Soul
Website http://myspace.com/rubyandrews

Ruby Andrews (born Ruby M. Stackhouse; March 12, 1947)[1][2] is an American soul singer. Her best known songs include "Casonova (Your Playing Days Are Over)" (1967), "You Made A Believer (Out Of Me)" (1969), and "Everybody Saw You" (1970).

Biography[edit]

Ruby Stackhouse was born in Hollandale, Mississippi, on March 12, 1947.[1][3] She moved to Chicago around 1953, and there attended Hyde Park High School. Around her senior year in high school she started singing with a vocal group called the Vondells. Andrews made her debut on the Kelmac label, recording with the Vondells although the record was released as by Ruby Stackhouse.[3]

Her third release for the label was her biggest seller, "Casonova [sic] (Your Playing Days Are Over)"[4] in 1967. A crossover hit, the song went to number 9 in the R&B charts and number 51 in the pop charts. The song, co-written and produced by Joshie Jo Armstead, featured a typical Chicago-style mid-tempo arrangement, but was recorded and arranged by Mike Terry in Detroit.[5] Some later reissues of the track used the (historically correct) spelling "Casanova".

Follow-ups included "You Can Run (But You Can't Hide)", "You Made a Believer (Out of Me)" (no. 18 on the R&B chart and no. 96 on the pop chart in 1969), "Everybody Saw You" (no. 34 R&B in 1970) and "You Ole Boo You". Andrews' releases on Zodiac were produced and written by the team of Fred Bridges, Robert Eaton and Richard Knight, who also performed as the vocal group Brothers Of Soul.[3][5] Andrews later cut some bluesy material for Ichiban, with producer Swamp Dogg.[6] She is the CEO of Genuine Ruby Records LLC.[citation needed]

Partial discography[edit]

Chart singles[edit]

Year A-side Chart Positions
US Pop[7] US
R&B
[1]
1967 "Casonova (Your Playing Days Are Over)" 51 9
1968 "Hey Boy Take A Chance On Love" 92 -
"The Love I Need" - 48
1969 "You Made A Believer (Out Of Me)" 96 18
1970 "Everybody Saw You" /
"Can You Get Away"
118
-
34
41
1971 "You Ole Boo Boo You" - 47

Albums[edit]

  • Casanova (Your Playing Days Are Over)
  • Kiss This
  • Genuine Ruby
  • Black Ruby

Compilations[edit]

  • Hip Shakin Mama
  • Just Loving You
  • Swamp Dogg Presents: The Boss Ladies of Soul

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Whitburn, Joel (1996). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-1995. Record Research. p. 10. 
  2. ^ Some sources claim her birth name was Barbara Jean Stackhouse.
  3. ^ a b c Robert Pruter, Chicago Soul, University of Illinois Press, 1992, pp.181-182
  4. ^ "Casonova", Discogs.com
  5. ^ a b http://www.oldies.com/artist-biography/Ruby-Andrews.html
  6. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/artist/p3549/biography
  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2003). Top Pop Singles 1955-2002 (1st ed.). Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 19. ISBN 0-89820-155-1. 

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