Fern Kinney

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Fern Kinney
OriginJackson, Mississippi, United States
GenresR&B, disco
Associated actsThe Poppies

Fern Kinney (born Fern Kinney-Lewis), is an American R&B and disco singer, who is best remembered for her releases, "Groove Me" and "Together We Are Beautiful".


Born in Jackson, Mississippi, United States (11 July, 1949), Kinney originally sang in The Poppies with Dorothy Moore.[1]

In the early 1970s, she began working as a session musician and backing vocalist. Among the songs she sang on were King Floyd's "Groove Me", and her former "Poppie" bandmate Dorothy Moore's 1976 Top 10 single, "Misty Blue".

By 1979, then having settled as a housewife, Kinney decided to attempt a comeback, and she recorded her own version of "Groove Me", but changed the rhythm on the song to turn it into a disco dance track. The song reached number 6 on the Billboard dance chart. Her next single "Together We Are Beautiful", released in 1980 was another disco song, but with a slower and more sultry beat. It had been recorded by the British vocalist, Steve Allan, eighteen months earlier.[2] Kinney's effort failed to chart in the United States, but reached number one in the UK Singles Chart.[3]

Kinney's subsequent releases attempted to continue in the disco style, however by this time the disco fad had reached its peak and Kinney was unable to repeat her success. By 1983, she had returned to her earlier career as a backing vocalist. In 1994, Music Club released an album (MCCD 167) of Kinney's records called Chemistry The Best Of under the licence from Malaco Records, which contained 17 tracks.

"Together We Are Beautiful" was a major hit in Australia and hugely popular at roller discos.



  • Groove Me (1979)
  • Fern (1981)
  • Sweet Music (1982)


  • Fern Kinney (1988)
  • Chemistry – The Best of Fern Kinney (1994)


  • "Your Love’s Not Reliable" (1968)
  • "Sweet Life / Tonight’s the Night" (mit Frederick Knight) (1978)
  • "Baby Let Me Kiss You" (1979)
  • "I Want You Back" (1979)
  • "Groove Me" (1979)
  • "Together We Are Beautiful" (1979)
  • "I’ve Been Lonely for so Long" (1979)
  • "Let the Good Times Roll" (1981)
  • "I’m Ready for Your Love / Boogie Box" (1982)
  • "Beautiful Love Song" (1983)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Fern Kinney: Biography". AllMusic. Rovi. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
  2. ^ Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 202. ISBN 0-85112-250-7.
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 304. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.