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Saturday, 28 February 2015

Barbara Acklin born 28 February 1943

Barbara Jean Acklin (February 28, 1943* – November 27, 1998) was an American soul singer and songwriter, who was most successful in the 1960s and 1970s. Her biggest hit as a singer was "Love Makes a Woman" (1968). As a songwriter, she is best known for co-writing the multi-million-selling "Have You Seen Her" (1971) with Eugene Record, lead singer of the Chi-Lites.

Acklin was born in Oakland, California and moved with her family to Chicago, Illinois in 1948. She was encouraged to sing as a child; by the age of 11, she sang regularly as a soloist at the New Zion Baptist Church and as a teenager started singing at nightclubs in Chicago. After graduating from Dunbar Vocational High School she worked as a secretary at St. Lawrence Records. Her first record was released on the subsidiary Special Agent label, under the pseudonym Barbara Allen, and was produced by her cousin, producer, and saxophonist Monk Higgins. She also worked as a backing singer at Chess Records on recordings by Fontella Bass, Etta James, Koko Taylor, and others produced by Higgins.

In 1966, she started working as a receptionist at Brunswick Records' Chicago office, where she submitted demo
recordings of some of her own songs to producer Carl Davis. One of her songs, "Whispers (Gettin' Louder)", which she had co-written with David Scott, formerly of The Five Du-Tones, was recorded by Jackie Wilson and became his biggest hit for three years, reaching no. 5 on the Billboard R&B chart and no. 11 on the Hot 100. Wilson then helped secure her a recording contract with Brunswick. Her first two singles for the label were unsuccessful but her third, "Show Me the Way To Go", a duet with Gene Chandler, made the R&B chart.

She began writing songs with another Brunswick recording artist, Eugene Record, lead singer of the Chi-Lites; some but not all sources state that they were later married. They co-wrote the Peaches and Herb hit "Two Little Kids", before Record and Davis co-wrote and produced Acklin's first and biggest solo hit, "Love Makes a Woman"; the other co-writers were arranger Sonny Sanders and guitarist Gerald Sims. The single reached no. 3 on the R&B chart and no. 15 on the US pop chart in July 1968, and won a BMI award.

Acklin continued to have a series of hits on Brunswick over the next four years, including "From the Teacher to the Preacher", another duet with Chandler, and solo hits "Just Ain't No Love" and "Am I the Same Girl", Acklin also released several albums on the Brunswick label: Love Makes a Woman (1968), Seven Days of Night (1969), Someone Else's Arms (1970), I Did It (1971), and I Call It Trouble (1973).

At the same time, she continued her successful writing partnership with Eugene Record. Impressed by the
monologues on Isaac Hayes' album Hot Buttered Soul (1969), Record and Acklin wrote "Have You Seen Her", which was originally an album track on the Chi-Lites' album (For God's Sake) Give More Power to the People (1971) before being released as a single. It reached no. 1 on the R&B chart and no. 3 on the US pop chart, and twice made the UK top ten (no. 3 in 1972 and no. 5 in 1975). In 1990, the song became a top ten hit again, when recorded by MC Hammer.

In 1974, Acklin moved to Capitol Records. Her first single for the label, "Raindrops", was co-written by Acklin and produced by former Brunswick producer, Willie Henderson. It becameher biggest hit on the R&B chart for six years (#14), and she released an album, A Place in the Sun. However, later recordings met with less success and she was dropped by the label in 1975. She continued to tour as a solo artist and as a backing singer for the Chi-Lites, Tyrone Davis, and other acts. In 1980, she made some recordings for Carl Davis' Chi-Sound label and contributed backing vocals to Otis Clay's album The Gospel Truth (1993).

Acklin later lived in Omaha, Nebraska. In late 1998, Acklin was doing a phone interview with Chicago cable TV host Royce Glamour from her Omaha, NE, home.

 Acklin was excited about working on material for her new album, and she also noted that she had a bad cold. The following weekend, she was rushed to a hospital where she passed away from pneumonia on November 27, 1998  at the age of 55.

 (Info mainly edited from Wikipedia. *Some sources give a birth year of 1942 & 1944.)


boppinbob said...

For The Barbara Acklin Playlist go here: (2 parts)
1. After you
2. Am I the same girl
3. Be by my side
4. Come and see me baby
5. Fire love
6. Fool fool fool (look in the mirror)
7. From the teacher to the preacher (w/ Gene Chandler)
8. Give me some of your sweet love
9. Give me, lend me
10. Go with love
11. Gonna make you wish
12. He's just a little guy
13. Here is a heart
14. How can you lose something you never had
15. I call it trouble
16. I can't do my thing
17. I did it
18. I like your love
19. I'll bake me a man
20. I'm living with a memory
21. I've got you baby
22. Is it me
23. It' a groovy idea
24. Just ain't no love
25. Lady lady lady
26. The look of love
27. A place in the sun
28. A raggedy ride
29. Love had come to stay
30. Love makes a woman
31. Love you are mine today
32. Make the Man Love You
33. More today than yesterday
34. More ways than one
35. More
36. Mr. sunshine (where is my shadow)
37. Please sunrise, please
38. Portrait of a broken heart
39. Quiet nights of quiet stars (Corcovado)
40. Raindrops
41. Seven days of night
42. Someone else's arms
43. Special loving
44. Spinning wheel
45. Stop, look and listen (to your heart)
46. The old matchmaker
47. This girl's in love with you
48. To Sir, with love
49. Until you return
50. What the world needs now is love
51. What's it gonna be
52. Where would I go
53. Will we find love (w/ Gene Chandler)
54. Yes I see the love (I missed)
55. You don't have to beg me to stay
56. You've been in love too long
57. Your sweet loving

A big thank you to the Planetbarerella blogspot for original links

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