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Barbara Mason

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Barbara Mason
Born (1947-08-09) August 9, 1947 (age 76)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
GenresSoul, R&B
Years active1964–present

Barbara Mason (born August 9, 1947, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States)[1] is an American soul[2] 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".[1] She has released 12 albums, including her 1965 debut with Yes, I'm Ready, and has had 14 top 40 hits on the US Billboard R&B chart.[3]


Mason initially focused on songwriting when she entered the music industry in her teens.[4] As a performer she had a major hit single with her third release in 1965, "Yes, I'm Ready" (number 5 pop, number 2 R&B).[1] She had modest success throughout the rest of the decade on the small Arctic label,[1] run by her manager 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.[1] 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.[1]

In the 1970s, Mason signed to Buddah Records.[1] She 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.[1] 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;[1] "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.[1]

Mason also sang vocals on the tracks "Sheba Baby," "I'm in Love with You," "A Good Man Is Gone," and "She Did It" on the soundtrack for the 1975 Pam Grier film, Sheba, Baby.[5]

After scoring two more top ten R&B hits from her 1975 album, Love's the Thing, Mason left Buddah Records and signed with a succession of smaller labels. She continued to reach the charts periodically with more moderate hits. They included "I Am Your Woman, She Is Your Wife",[4] which was produced in 1978 by Weldon McDougal (who had produced her first major success, "Yes I'm Ready") and another response song - this time to Richard "Dimples" Fields' 1980 single "She's Got Papers on Me" - titled "She's Got the Papers (But I Got the Man)". In 1984, she followed up on her own response song with the track, "Another Man" on West End Records.[1] "Another Man" remains her last charting single to date.

Mason started to concentrate on running her own publishing company in the late 1980s. She released a new CD, Feeling Blue, in September 2007.[6] Mason was still performing to sold-out audiences in 2016. Her most recent show was at the Terrance Theater in Long Beach, California. Mason was inducted into the Soul Music Hall of Fame on March 1, 2016.[7]


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions Record label

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
Lady Love 29
1974 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 Tied Up (UK only) Other End
2007 Feeling Blue Sunswept
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


Year Single (A-side, B-side)
Both sides from same album except where indicated
Peak chart positions Album

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"
"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)
"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"
"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)
"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 This 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 Tied Up
"Don't I Ever Cross Your Mind Sometime"
b/w "Don't I Ever Cross Your Mind Sometime" (instrumental)
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Colin Larkin, ed. (1993). The Guinness Who's Who of Soul Music (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 168. ISBN 0-85112-733-9.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: M". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 7, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  3. ^ a b c d e "US Charts, Barbara Mason". Billboard. Archived from the original on September 10, 2014. Retrieved October 13, 2011.
  4. ^ a b Unterberger, Richie. "Artist Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved April 7, 2022.
  5. ^ Spencer, Kristopher (2014). Film and Television Scores, 1950-1979: A Critical Survey by Genre (illustrated ed.). McFarland. p. 34. ISBN 9780786452286.
  6. ^ "Barbara Mason Page". Soulwalking.co.uk. Retrieved April 7, 2022.
  7. ^ Morris, Sonya (August 23, 2021). "Barbara Mason (1947- )". BlackPast. Retrieved July 5, 2022.
  8. ^ "UK Charts, Barbara Mason". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 13, 2011.

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