Patti Drew

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Patti Drew (born December 29, 1944, Charleston, South Carolina) is an American pop singer who achieved brief success in the late 1960s.

Drew was raised in Nashville, Tennessee and Evanston, Illinois, where she sang in church with her sisters, Lorraine and Erma. Drew's mother worked for a Capitol Records promoter, who heard Drew and her sisters sing in a church service and signed the group as the Drew-Vels. They first recorded "Tell Him" which was written by Carlton Black (and not to be confused with "Tell Him" by The Exciters) and featured Black on the record singing bass. The single release was a local pop and R&B hit in 1964 and scraped the lower part of the 'Billboard' pop chart the same year. Two follow-up singles also in 1964 did well in Chicago, "It's My Time" and "I've Known." By 1965 the group had broken up.[1]

Drew signed as a solo artist to Quill Records in 1966 and soon after moved up to Capitol, issuing a new recording of "Tell Him," It was the first of three charting singles on Capitol. She released three albums before leaving the industry in 1971, though she recorded a one-off single in 1975 and sang locally in Evanston in the group Front Line in the 1980s.



  • Tell Him (Capitol, 1967)
  • Workin' On a Groovy Thing (Capitol, 1968)
  • Wild Is Love (Capitol, 1969) U.S. R&B #49[2]
  • I've Been Here All the Time (Capitol, 1969)


Year Title Chart Positions[3]
Billboard Hot 100 US R&B Singles
1964 "Tell Him" (The Drew-Vels) 90 --
1967 "Tell Him" 85 22
1968 "Hard to Handle" 93 40
1968 "Workin' On a Groovy Thing" 62 34
1969 "The Love That a Woman Should Give to a Man" 119 38
1969? "Hundreds of Guys" - -
1969? "Keep on Movin'" - -
1969? "My Lover's Prayer" - -