Sisters Love

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The Sisters Love was an American R&B and funk ensemble active in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

The Sisters Love was founded in 1968 by former members of The Raelettes. Several of Ray Charles's backing ensemble quit the band at the same time and soon afterwards organized themselves into their own vocal group.[1]

They recorded their first single in 1968 for Los Angeles label Manchild Records and soon after signed with A&M Records. They remained on A&M for several years, appearing in the Willie Hutch-scored blaxploitation film The Mack singing the funk song "Now Is the Time".[1] They scored a hit single in 1971 with "Are You Lonely?", written and produced by Gene Chandler, which reached #20 on the Billboard R&B charts[2] and #108 on the Billboard Singles Chart.[3]

In 1972, the group left A&M and signed with MoWest Records, a Motown subsidiary. They toured with the Jackson Five and had an album scheduled for release, With Love, in 1972, but this was shelved and the group disbanded in 1973; the recordings for the album remained unreleased until 2010 when Reel Music issued the album in its intended running list, along with several bonus tracks.

"Give Me Your Love", (1973) was one of the group's most successful songs, and was revived in 1980 by New York DJ Danny Krivit who released an extended eight-minute version. Give Me Your Love was also title of a 2006 singles compilation album.

Their 1973 song "I'm Learning To Trust My Man" has become a Northern Soul favourite. It was reissued on Tamla Motown in 1975, two years after its original MoWest Release. The song's B-Side, "Try It, You'll Like It", was also recorded by Marvin Gaye and is included on the deluxe edition of his album Let's Get It On.

Members[edit]

  • Merry Clayton
  • Jeannie Long
  • Vermettya Royster
  • Lillie Fort
  • Gwen Berry
  • Odia Coates

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Liner Notes, Sisters Love: Give Me Your Love. Soul Jazz Records, 2006.
  2. ^ Charts, Billboard, August 14, 1971
  3. ^ Joel Whitburn, Top Pop Singles. 12th edn, p. 896.