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Barbara Mason (born 9 August 1947, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American R&B/soul singer best known for her 1965 hit song, "Yes, I'm Ready". is the 221st day of the year (222nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the Quaker City Motto: Philadelphia maneto (Let brotherly love continue) Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Mayor John F. Street (D) Area    - City 369. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... R&B redirects here. ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... A hit single is a recorded track or single that has become very popular. ...



An interesting minor soul performer, Mason initially focused on songwriting when she entered the music industry in her teens. As a performer, though, she had a hit single in 1965 with her self-penned Top 10 hit, "Yes, I'm Ready" (number five pop, number two R&B), a fetching soul-pop confection that spotlighted her high, girlish vocals. One of the first examples of the sweet, lush sound that came to be called Philly soul, she had modest success throughout the rest of the decade on the small Arctic label, reaching the Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 again in 1965 with "Sad, Sad Girl", and "Oh How It Hurts". A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... The music industry is the business of music. ... Teen redirects here. ... A song which has charted in one of the worlds music charts, or (if a specialist genre of music) had proven popularity. ... This article is about the genre of popular music. ... For the American indoor football team, see Philadelphia Soul. ... In the music industry, a record label can be a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... “Hot 100” redirects here. ... Top 40 is a radio format based on frequent repetition of songs from a constantly-updated list of the forty best-selling singles. ...

In the early and mid 1970s, Mason toughened her persona considerably, singing about sexual love and infidelity with a frankness that was uncommon for a female soul singer in songs like "Bed and Board," "From His Woman to You," and "Shackin' Up." Sweet soul continued to be her groove, and she continued to write some of her material. But the production, as it was throughout soul in the '70s, was more funk-oriented, and at times Mason would interrupt her singing to deliver some straight-talkin' raps about romance. Curtis Mayfield produced her on a cover version of Mayfield's "Give Me Your Love," which restored her to the pop Top 40 and R&B Top Ten in 1973; "From His Woman to You" and "Shackin' Up" were also solid soul sellers in the mid '70s. After leaving Buddah Records in 1975, she only dented the charts periodically, with "I Am Your Woman, She Is Your Wife" (1978), "Another Man" (1984), and a couple of other singles. RAP may mean: the IATA airport code for Rapid City Regional Airport Rassemblement pour lalternative progressiste, a Québecois political party. ... Curtis Mayfield (June 3, 1942 – December 26, 1999) was an American soul, funk and R&B singer, songwriter and guitarist best known for his anthemic music with The Impressions and composing the soundtrack to the blaxploitation film Superfly. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... // In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ... Buddah Records (now known as Buddha Records for spelling corrections of Buddha) was founded in 1967 by promotor Neil Bogart in New York City. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ...

Mason was set to release a new CD, Feeling Blue, on 18 September 2007. CD redirects here. ...



  • 1965: Yes, I'm Ready (Arctic) - US #129
  • 1968: Oh How It Hurts (Arctic) - R&B #42
  • 1970: If You Knew Him Like I Do (National General)
  • 1973: Give Me Your Love (Buddah) - US #95, R&B #17
  • 1974: Lady Love (Buddah) - R&B #29
  • 1974: Transition (Buddah)
  • 1975: Love's the Thing (Buddah) - US #187, R&B #42
  • 1978: I Am Your Woman, She Is Your Wife (Prelude)
  • 1980: A Piece Of My Life (WMOT)
  • 1981: Yes I'm Ready (Unidisc)
  • 1984: Another Man (West End)
  • 1998: Yes, I'm Ready: Best of Barbara Mason (Aim)
  • 2007: Feeling Blue (Sunswept)

While working at Kama Sutra Records, Art Kass was unhappy with the distribution deal with MGM Records and started Buddah Records around 1967. ...


  • 1965: "Girls Have Feelings Too" - R&B #31
  • 1965: "Sad, Sad Girl" - US #27, R&B #12
  • 1965: "Yes, I'm Ready" - US #5, R&B #2
  • 1968: "Oh, How It Hurts" - US #59, R&B #11
  • 1970: "If You Knew Him Like I Do" - R&B #38
  • 1970: "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head" - R&B #38
  • 1972: "Bed and Board" - US #70, R&B #24
  • 1973: "Child of Tomorrow" - R&B #79
  • 1973: "Give Me Your Love" - US #31, R&B #9
  • 1975: "From His Woman to You" - US #28, R&B #3
  • 1975: "Make It Last" - R&B #35
  • 1975: "Shackin' Up" - US #91, R&B #9
  • 1975: "We Got Each Other" - R&B #38
  • 1978: "I Am Your Woman, She Is Your Wife" - R&B #14
  • 1981: "I'll Never Love the Same Way Twice" - R&B #54
  • 1981: "She's Got the Papers (But I Got the Man)" - R&B #29
  • 1984: "Another Man" - R&B #68; UK #45

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Barbara Mason Biography (2026 words)
Barbara Mason, one of the few ladies of Soul who not only sang but wrote a great portion of her material, began to "mess" with her grandmother's piano at a the tender age of twelve.
Barbara, the lead singer, would come up with the songs, accompany on the piano and naturally win many of the local talent shows, which were held at a playground near her house every summer.
Barbara's next release "Sad, Sad Girl" shot to #12 RandB and by 1968, after two more hits with "I Need Love" and "Oh, How It Hurts", Jimmy Bishop (who by now was the sole person handling her career) decided that she had outgrown the little Arctic label and signed her with National General in 1970.
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