Claudia Lennear was fronting a soul group called the Superbs when she was approached by Ike Turner to audition for a position as an Ikette. "He was a terrific business person, very disciplined, and he was a visionary," she said. Lennear was with Ike & Tina Turner for three years until she had a spat with Tina Turner.
Lennear's meetings with Mick Jagger and David Bowie are often cited as inspiration for The Rolling Stones' "Brown Sugar" (1971) and Bowie's "Lady Grinning Soul" (1973). NME editors Roy Carr and Charles Shaar Murray noted in 1981 that she was "yet to reply in song to either Mick or David". However, in a 1973 article in Rolling Stone, she was quoted as saying that she wrote the song "Not At All" "to inform Mick Jagger of his dispensability".
Claudia Lennear was one of Leon Russell's Shelter People. She sang back-up vocals on Joe Cocker's 1970 Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour and live album, on Leon Russell and the Shelter People, released in 1971 and on George Harrison's The Concert for Bangla Desh. Her lead vocal live recording of "Let It Be" from the Mad Dogs and Englishmen movie was the B side of Leon Russell's "Mad Dogs and Englishmen" single on A&M Records in 1971.
In 1973, Lennear recorded a solo album of her own (her one and only) entitled Phew!
Lennear had a bit part in the 1974 film Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, playing the secretary who asks Clint Eastwood's character for his Social Security number. She appeared in the August 1974 issue of Playboy magazine in a pictorial entitled "Brown Sugar".
She left the music industry to become a teacher of French and Spanish.
At the Lockn' Festival in Arrington, Virginia. on September 11, 2015, Lennear performed with the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Rita Coolidge, Leon Russell and other alumni from the 1970 Joe Cocker Mad Dogs and Englishmen Tour in a memorial concert for Cocker.
Since 2014, Lennear has performed and recorded in Los Angeles with The New Ash Grove Players with S S Jones & Claudia Lennear. They have performed at the Grammy Museum, The World Stage, The Improv, and at the Pete Seeger Memorial for the Ash Grove Foundation.
As a solo artist
|1973||Phew!||Real Gone Music|
|Claudia Lennear||WEA Japan|
With others artists
|2016||Lost Studio Sessions 1964-1982||Gene Clark||Featured Artist|
|2014||Face the Music||Nils Lofgren||Vocals|
|2014||The Best of the Superbs||The Superbs||Photo Courtesy|
|2011||Easy Does It/New York City (You're a Woman)/
A Possible Projection of the Future: Childhood's End
|Al Kooper||Vocals (Background)|
|2010||Rarities Edition: Mad Dogs & Englishmen||Joe Cocker||Choir/Chorus, Primary Artist|
|2007||Less Than the Song/Life Machine||Hoyt Axton||Main Personnel, Vocals (Background)|
|2006||Mad Dogs & Englishmen: Fillmore 3/28/1970||Joe Cocker||Vocals, Primary Artist|
|2006||The Complete Fillmore East Concerts||Joe Cocker||Vocals, Primary Artist|
|2006||The Definitive Collection||Humble Pie||Additional Personnel, Vocals (Background)|
|2006||The Definitive Collection||Dave Mason||Vocals (Background)|
|2006||What It is! Funky Soul and Rare Grooves: 1967-1977||Primary Artist|
|2005||Mad Dogs & Englishmen [2005 DVD]||Joe Cocker||Performer|
|2005||The Essential Taj Mahal||Taj Mahal||Main Personnel, Vocals (Background)|
|2001||Rare + Well Done: The Greatest & Most Obscure Recordings||Al Kooper||Vocals|
|2001||Right On! Box Set||Primary Artist|
|2001||Right On, Vol. 3: Break Beats & Grooves from the Atlantic & Warner Vaults||Primary Artist|
|2001||Sing a Happy Song: The Warner Bros. Recordings||Taj Mahal||Vocals (Background)|
|2001||Ultimate Collection||Freddie King||Vocals (Background)|
|2000||The Best of Freddie King: The Shelter Records Years||Freddie King||Vocals (Background)|
|1999||Ultimate Collection||Dave Mason||Vocals (Background)|
|1999||Ultimate Collection||Nils Lofgren||Vocals (Background)|
|1997||Soft Fun, Tough Tears||Nils Lofgren||Vocals (Background)|
|1991||Key to the Highway [Del Rack]||Freddie King||Vocals, Vocals (Background)|
|1985||Takin' Care of Business||Freddie King||Choir/Chorus|
|1977||Brothers||Taj Mahal||Vocals, Vocals (Background)|
|1976||Cry Tough||Nils Lofgren||Vocals, Vocals (Background)|
|1976||Glass Heart||Allan Rich||Sound Effects|
|1976||The Best of Leon Russell [DCC/Shelter]||Leon Russell||Vocals|
|1974||Compartments||José Feliciano||Vocals (Background)|
|1974||Mo' Roots||Taj Mahal||Vocals, Vocals (Background)|
|1974||No Other||Gene Clark||Main Personnel, Vocals, Vocals (Background), Voices|
|1973||Chris Jagger||Chris Jagger||Vocals|
|1972||A Possible Projection of the Future||Al Kooper||Vocals|
|1972||Artist Proof||Chris Darrow||Vocals (Background)|
|1972||Bring Me Back||Tony Kelly||Vocals|
|1971||Getting Ready...||Freddie King||Vocals, Vocals (Background)|
|1971||Into the Purple Valley||Ry Cooder||Vocals|
|1971||Klatu Berrada Nitku||Dependables||Vocals, Bass, Group Member|
|1971||Leon Russell and the Shelter People||Leon Russell||Vocals|
|1971||Living by the Days||Don Nix||Vocals, Vocals (Background)|
|1971||New York City (You're a Woman)||Al Kooper||Vocals, Vocals (Background)|
|1971||Rock On||Humble Pie||Vocals|
|1970||Alone Together||Dave Mason||Vocals|
|1970||Mad Dogs & Englishmen||Joe Cocker||Main Personnel, Vocals, Vocals (Background), Choir/Chorus, Featured Artist, Primary Artist|
|1970||Stephen Stills||Stephen Stills||Vocals|
|All the Funk & Groove||Primary Artist|
|My Perfect List 60 Titres Soul 1||Primary Artist|
|Truckers, Kickers, Cowboy Angels: The Blissed-Out Birth of Country Rock, Vol. 6: 1973||Vocals (Background)|
|U.F.O.||Ron Davies||Vocals (Background)|
|1974||Thunderbolt and Lightfoot||Secretary|
|2013||20 Feet from Stardom||Herself|
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