Vera Hamilton

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Vera Hamilton
Also known asVera Hamilton-Clyburn
BornJuly 17, 1945
Eatonton, Georgia, U.S.
DiedAugust 31, 2013(2013-08-31) (aged 68)
Long Beach, California, U.S.

Vera Hamilton (July 17, 1945 – August 31, 2013) was an American soul singer. Best known as an Ikette in The Ike & Tina Turner Revue, she also performed as an Otisette with Johnny Otis and recorded as a solo artist.

Life and career[edit]

Hamilton was born in Eatonton, Georgia on July 17, 1945. She was an Ikette during Ike & Tina Turner's commercial peak in the early 1970s. As an Ikette, Hamilton appeared on various television shows such as The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The Andy Williams Show, and Beat-Club. They were featured in the Isley Brothers concert film It's Your Thing (1970) and had a cameo in the Miloš Forman film Taking Off (1971). The revue toured internationally and performed at the Independence Day concert in Accra, Ghana, which was released as the documentary film Soul to Soul (1971).[1]

In 1972, Hamilton released a single on Epic Records produced by Johnny Otis.[2] She also sang as an Otisette with The Johnny Otis Show. Hamilton performed maintained a sisterhood with Alesia Butler and Teresa Butler. When Ike Turner formed a new revue in the 1990s, Hamilton rejoined him to perform as a lead vocalist.[3][4]

Hamilton died in Long Beach, California on August 31, 2013.



  • 1972: "But I Ain't No More (G.S.T.S.K.D.T.S.)" / "Heavy, Heavy Hangs (Over My Heart)" (Epic 5-10875)

Album appearances[edit]

  • 2000: Various – I'm A Good Woman (Funk Classics From Sassy Soul Sisters) (Harmless)
  • 2000: Various – A Fusion Soul Classics Collection (Universal Music)
  • 2001: Johnny Otis & Friends – Watts Funky (BGP Records)[5]
  • 2003: Various – Funk Soul Sisters (BGP Records)

Backing vocal credits[edit]


  1. ^ "Soul to Soul Concert in Ghana 1971". Voices of East Anglia. 2011-12-21. Retrieved 2020-12-22.
  2. ^ Sippel, John (May 20, 1972). "Columbia Fortifies Black Artist Roster & Promotion" (PDF). Billboard. p. 1.
  3. ^ Harris, Paul A. (June 21, 1992). "St. Louis Summit: Ike Turner's Return Recalls R&B Heyday". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. pp. 3C.
  4. ^ Pareles, Jon (August 26, 1996). "Turner Revue Is Back (Minus Tina)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-12-22.
  5. ^ Bogdanov, Vladimir; Woodstra, Chris; Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (2003). All Music Guide to the Blues: The Definitive Guide to the Blues. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 432. ISBN 978-0-87930-736-3.

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