Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Sidney Barnes is one of the more enduring R&B and soul talents of the mid-20th century. A slightly younger contemporary of Smokey Robinson and Ben E. King, he's cut a lasting place for himself in soul music from the late '50s right into the 21st century, if not as well-known a legacy as some of his contemporaries. Starting as a member of the Serenaders, he moved on to become a songwriter and producer, working with acts like the Flirtations and later joining Rotary Connection, sharing the lead vocals with Minnie Riperton as well as writing songs with the group. He subsequently sang with Riperton on several of her solo projects, and also worked with such singers as Edna Wright, Terry Callier, Deniece Williams, and the group Parliament.
By the 1970s, Barnes was riding high on the soul, disco, and funk booms, working with George Clinton, Parliament, Funkadelic, and Deniece Williams, among others, while continuing to record with Riperton. His career momentum continued into the 1980s, but slowed down in the decade that followed. By the 1990s, however, he had found his recordings and his songs embraced in England by the Northern soul boom.
SIDNEY BARNES - YOUR LOVE IS SO GOOD TO ME