Barbara Mason

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Not to be confused with gospel singer Babbie Mason.

Barbara Mason (born August 9, 1947, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American R&B/soul singer with several R&B and pop hits in the 1960s and 1970s, best known for her self-written 1965 hit song, "Yes, I'm Ready".

Career[edit]

Mason initially focused on songwriting when she entered the music industry in her teens. As a performer, though, she had a major hit single with her third release in 1965, "Yes, I'm Ready" (#5 pop, #2 R&B), a fetching soul-pop confection that spotlighted her girlish vocals. One of the first examples of the rhythmic but lush sound that came to be called Philly soul, she had modest success throughout the rest of the decade on the small Arctic label, run by her manager, top Philadelphia disc-jockey, Jimmy Bishop. She reached the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 again in 1965 with "Sad, Sad Girl", and "Oh How It Hurts" in 1967, releasing two albums. A two-year stay with National General Records, run by a film production company, produced one album and four singles which failed to find success.

In the 1970s, Mason signed to Buddah Records and toughened her persona, singing about sexual love and infidelity with an uncommon frankness at the time in songs like "Bed and Board", "From His Woman to You", and "Shackin' Up" and would interrupt her singing to deliver straight-talking 'raps' about romance. She also continued to write some of her new material. Curtis Mayfield produced her on a cover version of Mayfield's own "Give Me Your Love", which restored her to the pop Top 40 and R&B Top Ten in 1973; "From His Woman to You" (the response to Shirley Brown's single "Woman to Woman") and "Shackin' Up", produced by former Stax producer Don Davis in Detroit were also solid soul sellers in the mid-1970s.

After leaving Buddah Records in 1975, surprisingly after two top ten R&B hits, she only dented the charts periodically on small labels. They included "I Am Your Woman, She Is Your Wife", which was produced in 1978 by Weldon McDougal who had produced her first major success, "Yes I'm Ready", and later in 1984, "Another Man" on West End Records.

Mason started to concentrate on running her own publishing company in the late 1980s, but continues to perform occasionally. She released a new CD, Feeling Blue, in September 2007. Ms Mason is still performing to sold-out audiences in 2016. Her most recent show is at the Terrance Theater in Long Beach California.

CURRENT AWARDS

Barbara Mason was inducted into the Soul Music Hall of Fame on March 1, 2016.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions Record label
US
[1]
US
R&B

[1]
1965 Yes, I'm Ready 129 Arctic
1968 Oh How It Hurts 42
1970 If You Knew Him Like I Do National General
1973 Give Me Your Love 95 17 Buddah
1974 Lady Love 29
Transition
1975 Love's the Thing 187 42
1977 Locked in This Position (with Bunny Sigler) Curtom
1978 I Am Your Woman, She Is Your Wife Prelude
1980 A Piece of My Life WMOT
1984 Another Man West End
2007 Feeling Blue Sunswept
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

Year Single (A-side, B-side)
Both sides from same album except where indicated
Peak chart positions Album
US
[1]
US
R&B

[1]
UK
[2]
1964 "Trouble Child"
b/w "Dedicated To You" (Non-album track)
Yes, I'm Ready
1965 "Girls Have Feelings Too"
b/w "Come To Me"
31
"Yes, I'm Ready"
b/w "Keep Him"
5 2
"Sad, Sad Girl"
b/w "Come To Me"
27 12
"If You Don't (Love Me, Tell Me So)"
b/w "You Got What It Takes" (from Yes, I'm Ready)
85 Oh, How It Hurts
1966 "Is It Me?"
b/w "Don't Ever Want To Lose Your Love" (Non-album track)
97
"I Need Love"
b/w "Bobby Is My Baby" (Non-album track)
98 25
"Poor Girl In Trouble"
b/w "Hello Baby" (Non-album track)
1967 "You Can Depend On Me"
b/w "Game Of Love"
"Oh, How It Hurts"
b/w "Ain't Got Nobody" (Non-album track)
59 11
1968 "I Don't Want To Lose You"
b/w "Dedicated To The One I Love" (Non-album track)
"(I Can Feel Your Love) Slipping Away"
b/w "Half A Love"
97 Non-album tracks
"I'm No Good For You"
b/w "Don't Ever Go Away"
1969 "Take It Easy (With My Heart)"
b/w "You Never Loved Me (At All)"
"Happy Girl"
b/w "You Better Stop It"
1970 "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head" / 112 38 If You Knew Him Like I Do
"If You Knew Him Like I Do"
"Just A Little Lovin'"
b/w "Yes, It's You"
"When You Look At Me"
b/w "I Should Be Leaving You"
Non-album tracks
"I Can't Help It"
b/w "Jean (Gene)" (from If You Knew Him Like I Do)
1971 "Pow Pow Song (Sorry Sorry Baby)"
b/w "Your Old Flame" (from If You Knew Him Like I Do)
"Hooked On A Feeling"
b/w "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do" (from If You Knew Him Like I Do)
1972 "Bed and Board"
b/w "Yes, It's You" (from If You Knew Him Like I Do)
70 24 Give Me Your Love
"Woman and Man"
b/w "Who Will Hurt You Next" (from Give Me Your Love)
Non-album track
"Give Me Your Love"
b/w "You Can Be With The One You Don't Love"
31 9 Give Me Your Love
1973 "Yes, I'm Ready" (re-recorded version)
b/w "Who Will Hurt You Next"
125
"Children Of Tomorrow"
b/w "Out Of This World" (from Give Me Your Love)
79 Non-album track
"Caught In The Middle (Of A One Sided Love Affair)"
b/w "Give Him Up" (Non-album track)
Lady Love
1974 "World War Three"
b/w "I Miss You Gordon"
"The Devil Is Busy"
b/w "All In Love Is Fair" (from Lady Love)
Transition
"Half Brother, Half Sister"
b/w "Our Day Will Come" (Non-album track)
"From His Woman To You"
b/w "When You Wake Up In Georgia" (Non-album track)
28 3 Love's The Thing
1975 "Shackin' Up"
b/w "(There's) One Man Between Us"
91 9
"We Got Each Other" (with The Futures) / 38 Non-album tracks
"Make It Last" (with The Futures) 35
1977 "Love Song"
b/w "Locked In This Position"
Both sides with Bunny Sigler
Locked In The Position
1978 "I Am Your Woman, She Is Your Wife"
b/w "Take Me Tonight"
14 I Am Your Woman, She Is Your Wife
"Darling Come Back Home"
b/w "It Was You Boy"
1980 "I'll Never Love The Same Way Twice"
b/w "You Did Not Stay Last Night"
54 A Piece Of My Life
1981 "She's Got The Papers (But I Got The Man)" -- Part 1
b/w Part 2
29 Non-album tracks
"On and Off"
b/w "You're All Inside Of Me"
A Piece Of My Life
1984 "Another Man"
b/w "Another Man" (Rap)
68 45 Non-album tracks
"Don't I Ever Cross Your Mind Sometime"
B-side unknown
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "US Charts > Barbara Mason". Billboard. Retrieved 2011-10-13. 
  2. ^ "UK Charts > Barbara Mason". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2011-10-13. 

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