Lydia Pense

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Lydia Pense
Birth nameLydia Jane Pense
Born (1947-12-14) December 14, 1947 (age 71)
OriginSan Francisco, California
GenresRock, Urban contemporary, Blue-eyed soul, East Bay Grease
Years active1969–present
LabelsReprise (1972); Warner Bros. Records (1974); ABC (1976); Dig Music (2005)
Associated actsLydia Pense and Cold Blood

Lydia Pense (born Lydia Jane Pense in San Francisco, California on December 14, 1947) [1] is an American rock-soul-jazz singer who, since 1969, has performed with the band Cold Blood. Critics have compared her style to powerful singers including Janis Joplin,[2] Aretha Franklin, and Teena Marie.


Lydia Pense was born in San Francisco on December 14, 1947 and lived there until age 10 until the family moved to Redwood City, California.[3] At age 14, while attending Sequoia High School, Pense started singing with a band called The Dimensions, with Guitarist Fred Tatman, Larry Hatch and Kerry Yates.[3] She was a fan of Brenda Lee and was singing her songs, but the band encouraged her to sing R&B in the style of James Brown, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, and Ray Charles.

Janis Joplin had recommended Lydia Pense the audition for the band Cold Blood to music promoter Bill Graham.[2] Lydia joined Cold Blood in 1968 and the band was one of the earliest music groups to be signed by Bill Graham's Fillmore Records.[4]

The band Cold Blood separated in the late 1970s. Pense suspended her music career in the early 1980s to raise her daughter Danielle, before re-forming the group in 1988.[5] The band continues to record, tour and perform.


Their initial four albums, Cold Blood, Sisyphus, First Taste of Sin (produced by Donny Hathaway), and Thriller remain their best known work.


  • Cold Blood (1969)
  • Sisyphus (1971)
  • First Taste of Sin (1972)
  • Lights Out San Francisco (Voco Presents The Soul Of The Bay Area) (1972)
  • Thriller (1973)
  • Lydia (1974)
  • The Best of Cold Blood (1975)
  • Lydia Pense & Cold Blood (1976), this was the last album before the band's hiatus.[5]
  • Vintage Blood: Live! 1973 (live album), 2001
  • Transfusion (2005)
  • Lydia Pense & Cold Blood: Live Blood "Live Album" (2008)
  • Lydia Pense & Cold Blood, "The River City Sessions" (2011)
  • Lydia Pense & Cold Blood, "Soul Of The Gypsy" (2015)

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  1. ^ "California Birth Index, 1905-1995 [database on-line]". United States: The Generations Network. 2005. Retrieved 2009-11-23.
  2. ^ a b Vitt, Janet (2017-04-30). "Lydia Pense lends her powerful voice to fundraiser at Harlow's". Sacramento Bee. Retrieved 2017-06-29.
  3. ^ a b "Lydia Pense: hot sounds with Cold Blood". The Mercury News. 2015-10-07. Retrieved 2017-06-29.
  4. ^ "Lydia Pense and Cold Blood". The Millard Agency. 1969. Retrieved 2017-06-29.
  5. ^ a b "Lydia Pense & Cold Blood - Back Here Again". Paste Magazine. 1998-06-12. Retrieved 2017-06-29.

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