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Minnie Riperton

Musician. She is best known for her 1974 hit single "Lovin' You". She started in music at Lincoln Center in her hometown of Chicago, Illinois, with plans to become an opera singer. However, she turned her attention toward pop music when she joined a short-lived group called 'The Gems' in 1961. Throughout the 1960s he worked in the music business with wide success, but the decade of 1970s and the rise of disco music would bring her renown. Her major hit "Loving You", a song she released with the help of Stevie Wonder, achieved Number 1 status on the American Pop Music charts, and her album "Perfect Angel" was certified gold. She went on to release two more albums after her song's success. In 1976 she was diagnosed with cancer, and after a three year battle she passed away from that disease at age 31. Her daughter, Maya Rudolph, grew up to be a comic actor, and became a cast member on the weekly late night comedy show "Saturday Night Live".


Lovin' you is easy 'cause you're beautiful.
Born: Chicago Nov 8, 1947
Died: Los Angeles July 12, 1979
Hers was a gift of love, a miracle of life
For all the world to see and hear forever





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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Minnie Riperton (8 Nov 1947–12 Jul 1979), Find A Grave Memorial no. 1177, citing Westwood Memorial Park, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .