Yes, I'm Ready

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"Yes, I'm Ready"
Single by Barbara Mason
from the album Yes, I'm Ready
B-side "Keep Him"
Released May 1965
Format 7" (45 rpm)
Recorded March 1965
Genre Soul, R&B, Pop
Length 3:06
Label Arctic Records
Writer(s) Barbara Mason
"Yes, I'm Ready"
Single by Teri DeSario with K.C.
from the album Moonlight Madness
(by Teri DeSario)
B-side "With Your Love"
Released December 3, 1979
Format 7" (45 rpm)
Genre Pop, Adult contemporary
Length 3:19
Label Casablanca Records
Writer(s) Barbara Mason
Producer(s) Harry Wayne Casey
Certification Gold (RIAA)

"Yes, I'm Ready" is the title of a popular song that was written and originally recorded by Barbara Mason in 1965. It has been covered by numerous artists, and was a hit single for Teri DeSario and K.C. in 1979 when they recorded a duet version.

Barbara Mason[edit]

Mason, a soul / R&B singer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, had released a few singles while she was a teenager in the mid-1960s. "Yes, I'm Ready" became Mason's first big hit on the music charts, peaking at No. 2 on the Billboard R&B chart[1] and No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart[1] in the summer of 1965. While Mason would continue recording into the 1980s, this song has been her highest charting hit. Mason later re-recorded the song for her 1973 album, Give Me Your Love. the Key personnel who helped bring this hit recording to life later became the important creators of the "Philly Sound". those people include Kenny Gamble as a backup singer, Bobby Eli and Norman Harris on guitar, Ronnie Baker on bass and Earl Young on drums (Eli, Harris and Baker later on became principal members of MFSB and Kenny Gamble would co-found Philadelphia International Records with Leon Huff).

Teri DeSario[edit]

DeSario, a vocalist from Miami, Florida, was a high school classmate of Casey, best known as the lead vocalist and songwriter for KC and the Sunshine Band. Casey liked the original recording and wanted to record a cover version of the song, and he was producing DeSario's second studio album, Moonlight Madness, for Casablanca Records. Neil Bogart, president of the record label, had an idea to record the song as a duet,[1] and it was the first single released from the album in late 1979. Their version of the song spent two weeks at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in March 1980, kept from the summit by "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" by the rock group Queen.[1] It also spent two weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard adult contemporary chart[1] and reached No. 20 on the Billboard R&B chart,[1] earning Gold Record certification from the RIAA.[2]

Other versions[edit]

"Yes, I'm Ready" has been covered by other artists, including Mona Carita (fi) (as "Tahdon"), Shirley Ellis, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Maureen McGovern, Jeffrey Osborne, and Carla Thomas. It was recorded as a duet by the artist Jed and American singer La Toya Jackson. This single was released only in 7" format in Japan, where it failed to chart. It was not included on any of Jackson's albums and includes the instrumental version on the B-side. In 1997, teenage singing sensation Kimberly Scott, mostly known for her hit “Tuck Me In”, remade this song with Taiwanese musician Harlem Yu, which was included in Harlem Yu's 1997 English cover album "Harlem Music Channel".

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Hyatt, Wesley (1999). The Billboard Book of #1 Adult Contemporary Hits (Billboard Publications)
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1996). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th Edition (Billboard Publications)

3.^http://popdose.com/soul-serenade-barbara-mason-yes-im-ready/

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