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Encyclopedia > Minnie Riperton
Minnie Riperton
Minnie Riperton
Minnie Riperton
Background information
Birth name Minnie Julia Riperton
Also known as Andrea Davis
Born November 8, 1947(1947-11-08)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died July 12, 1979 (aged 31)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Genre(s) Soul, R&B, rock
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Years active 1962–1979
Label(s) Chess, GRT, Epic, Capitol
Website www.minnieriperton.com

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As a child, Riperton studied music, drama, and dance at Chicago's Lincoln Center. As a teen, Riperton sang lead vocals for the Chicago-based girl group the Gems. Her early affiliation with the legendary Chess record label afforded her the opportunity to sing backup for such acts as Etta James, Fontella Bass, Ramsey Lewis, Bo Diddley and Muddy Waters. While with Chess, Riperton also sang for the experimental rock/soul group Rotary Connection from 1967 to 1971. Riperton reached the apex of her short career with her number one hit single,"Lovin' You," in the spring of 1975. The single was the last release from her 1974 gold album "Perfect Angel." For other uses, see Music (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Drama (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Dance (disambiguation). ... The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center. ... This article is about the Western board game. ... Etta James (born Jamesetta Hawkins on January 25, 1938) is an American blues, soul, R&B, and jazz singer and songwriter. ... Fontella Bass (born July 3, 1940 in St. ... Ramsey Emmanuel Lewis, Jr. ... Bo Diddley (born December 30, 1928) aka The Originator, is an influential American rock and roll singer, songwriter, and guitarist. ... McKinley Morganfield (April 4, 1915 – April 30, 1983), better known as Muddy Waters, was an American blues musician and is generally considered the Father of Chicago blues. He is also the actual father of blues musician Big Bill Morganfield. ... Rotary Connection was a psychedelic soul band formed in Chicago in 1966. ...


In 1976, at the age of twenty-eight, Riperton was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a radical mastectomy. In 1977 Riperton became the first black female to serve as spokesperson for the American Cancer Society and to receive the Society's Courage Award from then-President Jimmy Carter. On Thursday July 12, 1979, at the age of 31, Riperton lost her valiant struggle with cancer. She died peacefully in her husband's arms while listening to a recording of a song Stevie Wonder had written for her. On Sunday July 15, 1979, Riperton was interred in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, California, following a funeral service attended by more than five hundred mourners. In addition to her musical legacy, Minnie Riperton is survived by her husband, Richard Rudolph; son, Marc Rudolph; and daughter, Maya Rudolph, a cast member of Saturday Night Live. Breast cancer is cancer of breast tissue. ... Radical mastectomy is a surgical procedure in which the breast, underlying chest muscle (including pectoralis major and pectoralis minor), and lymph nodes of the axilla are removed as a treatment for breast cancer. ... The American Cancer Society (ACS) is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy and service. ... For other uses, see Courage (disambiguation). ... Look up Award in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For other persons named Jimmy Carter, see Jimmy Carter (disambiguation). ... Stevie Wonder (born Stevland Hardaway Judkins on May 13, 1950, name later changed to Stevland Hardaway Morris)[1] is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. ... Cemetery view looking South-East. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... Richard Dick Rudolph is a famed guitarist/musician, most notable for being the husband of Minnie Riperton. ... Maya Khabira Rudolph (born July 27, 1972) is an American actress and comedienne, known as a long-running cast member on NBCs Saturday Night Live. ... SNL redirects here. ...

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Biography

Early life

Riperton was born in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Thelma and Daniel Riperton.[1] As the youngest of eight children in a musically inclined family, Riperton embraced the arts early in life. Although she started out in ballet and modern dance, Riperton's parents recognized her vocal and musical abilities early, and they directed her interests towards music and voice. For other uses, see Chicago (disambiguation). ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... For other uses, see Ballet (disambiguation). ... Modern dance is often performed in bare feet. ...


At Chicago's Lincoln Center, Riperton received operatic vocal training from Miss Marion Jeffery. She practiced breathing and phrasing, with particular emphasis on diction. Jeffery also trained Riperton to use her full range, which contradicts traditional operatic training. Many classical purists deem the seventh octave worthless. Diction, in its original and primary meaning, is the term for a writer or speakers distinctive choices in vocabulary and style of expression. ... The seventh octave is the last octave at the top of a piano. ...


While studying under Jeffery, Riperton sang operettas and show tunes, preparing for a life in opera. Jeffery was so convinced of her pupil's abilities that she strongly pushed her to further study the classics at Chicago's Junior Lyric Opera. However, this was the 1960s, and Minnie was becoming very interested in soul, rhythm and blues, and rock. After graduating from Hyde Park High School, she enrolled at Loop College, but dropped out after only three weeks. Operetta (literally, little opera) is a performance art-form similar to opera, though it generally deals with less serious topics. ... A show tune is a song designed and written for a musical theater production, such as the songs from: Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammersteins Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, Flower Drum Song, The Sound of Music Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewes Brigadoon, Paint Your... For other uses, see Soul (disambiguation). ... R&B redirects here. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Harold Washington College is a division of the City Colleges of Chicago, located in the business district of Chicago, IL. Founded in 1962 as Loop College, the college was renamed in memoriam of late African-American Chicago mayor Harold Washington. ...


Riperton was a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.


Early career

Riperton's first professional appearance was when she was 15 as part of The Gems. Raynard Miner, a blind pianist, heard Riperton during her time in Hyde Park's A Capella Choir. The Gems had relatively limited commercial success with Chess Records, but proved to be a good outlet to expose Riperton's talents to the music industry. Eventually the group became a session group called "Studio Three." In 1964 the Gems released a local hit, "I Can't Help Myself," and their last single, "He Makes Me Feel So Good," was released in 1965. After that the group released records under numerous names--most notably 1966's "Baby I Want You" by the Girls Three and 1967's "My Baby's Real" by the Starlets. The latter has achieved cult status with Northern Soul fans and remains a favorite. It also was a Motown-styled song reminiscent of Tammi Terrell. In 1968 "Watered Down" was released as a follow-up, under the name "the Starlets." It was the last release of Riperton's former girl group. The Chess Records logo, as featured on this Memphis Slim single. ... The Verve see A Northern Soul This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Motown Records, Inc. ... Tammi Terrell (born Thomasina Montgomery) (April 29, 1945 – March 16, 1970) was an American Motown singer in the 1960s, best known for her duets with Marvin Gaye. ...


Andrea Davis

While a part of "Studio Three," Riperton met her mentor, producer Billy Davis. He would write her first local hit, "Lonely Girl," and also "You Gave Me Soul." In honor of Davis, she used the pseudonym Andrea Davis for the release of those two singles. Billy Davis may refer to one of multiple people: Roquel Billy Davis, songwriter, music producer and advertising agency executive Billy Davis (politician), candidate for Vice President of the United States as Lyndon LaRouches running mate in his 1984 presidential campaign Billy Davis is also the name of the bass...


Rotary Connection

Some months after her "Andrea Davis" singles hit the radio, Riperton joined Rotary Connection, a funky rock-soul group creation of Marshall Chess, the son of Chess Records founder Leonard Chess. Rotary Connection was a psychedelic soul band formed in Chicago in 1966. ... Marshall Chess Marshall Chess (born 13 March 1942, Chicago, Illinois-) is the son and nephew of the founders of Chess Records, the Chicago based independent record label that first recorded an unprecedented list of African-American, blues and early rock and roll artists such as: Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, Little... The Chess Records logo, as featured on this Memphis Slim single. ... Leonard Chess (March 12, 1917 - October 16, 1969) was a record company executive, founder of Chess Records. ...

Minnie Riperton.
Minnie Riperton.

The band consisted of Riperton, Chess, Judy Hauff, Sidney Barnes and Charles Stepney. While in Rotary Connection, she met her future husband and songwriting partner, Richard Rudolph. The group released their debut in 1967, and eventually five more albums, 1968's Aladdin, the Christmas album Peace, Songs, and finally 1970's Dinner Music and "Hey Love." Rotary Connection is a song and eponymous debut album by the American psychedelic soul music group of the same name. ...


"Come To My Garden"

Riperton's first solo album, Come To My Garden (1970)--produced, arranged, and orchestrated by Charles Stepney--was released on GRT Records. She was presented as a solo artist by Ramsey Lewis on Saturday, December 26, 1970 at Chicago's famed London House. She performed several numbers from the album accompanied by Charles Stepney, the album's producer. Although commercially unsuccessful, "Come To My Garden" was considered a masterpiece by critics. Ramsey Emmanuel Lewis, Jr. ...


"Perfect Angel" and "Lovin' You"

In 1973, a college intern for Epic Records found Minnie in semi-retirement. She had become a homemaker and a mother of two in Gainesville, Florida. After he heard a demo of the song "Seeing You This Way," the rep took the tape to Don Ellis, VP of A&R for Epic. Minnie signed with Epic Records, and the family moved to Los Angeles, California. The subsequent record, Perfect Angel, turned out to be one of Minnie Riperton's best selling albums. Included were the rock-soul anthem "Reasons," the second single, "Take A Little Trip," and the third single, "Seeing You This Way." Lovin You is the 1975 hit single by Minnie Riperton. ... Epic Records is an American record label, owned and operated by Sony BMG. // Epic was launched originally as a jazz and classical music label in 1953 by CBS. Its bright-yellow, black and blue logo became a familiar trademark for many jazz and classical releases. ... Location in Alachua County and the state of Florida Coordinates: , Country State County Incorporated (city) 15 April 1869 Government  - Type Council-manager  - Mayor Pegeen Hanrahan  - City Manager Russ Blackburn Area [1]  - City 49. ... In the music industry, Artists and Repertoire (A&R) is the division of a record label company that is responsible for scouting and artist development. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ...


Sales of the album started out slow. Epic was ready to move on to the next record, but Rudolph convinced them to release another single. With the fourth single "Lovin' You," the album caught on, and in April 1975 the song went to the top of the charts in the US, number two in the UK, and number three on the R&B charts. Perfect Angel went gold, and Minnie Riperton was finally revered as the "lady with the high voice and flowers in her hair." The album also featured the song "Every Time He Comes Around," with Deniece Williams singing the background vocals. Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... Deniece Niecy Williams (June 3, 1950— ) is an American singer, songwriter and record producer who achieved success in the 1970s and 1980s. ...


Riperton's daughter is Saturday Night Live actress Maya Rudolph, who was a child when "Lovin' You" was recorded. According to the liner notes from Riperton's Petals compilation CD, the melody to "Lovin' You" was created as a distraction for Maya when she was a baby, so that Minnie and Richard Rudolph could spend time together. Maya Rudolph can also be heard in discussion with Teena Marie on the final track "Too Many Colors (Tee's Interlude)" of Teena's 1980 album "Lady T." SNL redirects here. ... Maya Khabira Rudolph (born July 27, 1972) is an American actress and comedienne, known as a long-running cast member on NBCs Saturday Night Live. ...


Later career

After Perfect Angel, Riperton and Richard Rudolph started on Riperton's third album, Adventures in Paradise (1975). Leon Ware co-wrote the title song, "Adventures in Paradise", and co-produced the album. The album was a modest success. Despite the R&B hit "Inside My Love" (a number five US R&B hit, later covered by Trina Broussard and Chanté Moore), the album didn't match the success of Perfect Angel. Her fourth album for Epic Records entitled Stay In Love featured another collaboration with Stevie Wonder in the funky, disco tune "Stick Together." She also sang backup on Stevie Wonder's song "Ordinary Pain" from 1976's Songs in the Key of Life. Leon Ware is a soul music singer, songwriter and producer who found his biggest success crafting the hit album, I Want You, for friend and Motown icon Marvin Gaye in 1976. ... Trina Broussard, a soprano best known for covering soul legend Minnie Ripertons hit Inside My Love for the Larenz Tate movie Love Jones. ... Chanté Moore Chanté Torrane Moore (born February 17, 1967 in San Francisco, California) is an American jazz and R&B singer. ... Songs in the Key of Life is a landmark album by Stevie Wonder, released on September 28, 1976 (see 1976 in music), and is widely known and confirmed as Wonders magnum opus. ...


In 1978, Riperton's attorney Mike Rosenfeld and her husband orchestrated a move to Capitol Records for Minnie and her CBS Records catalogue. In April of 1979, Minnie released her fifth and final album, Minnie. Her last televised performance was on an episode of The Merv Griffin Show," (aired July 6, 1979), during which she performed "Memory Lane" and "Lover and Friend." Capitol Records is a major United States-based record label owned by EMI and located in Hollywood, California. ... The Merv Griffin Show was a long-running American television talk show, starring singer Merv Griffin. ...


Illness and death

In 1976, Riperton revealed to Flip Wilson, who was guest hosting for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show, that she had undergone a mastectomy due to breast cancer. At the time of her diagnosis, Minnie found out that her cancer had already spread to the lymphatic system. Despite her grim prognosis, Minnie continued touring in 1977 and 1978, and became the national spokesperson for the American Cancer Society 1978-79 campaign. Clerow Flip Wilson (December 8, 1933 – November 25, 1998) was an African-American comedian and actor. ... For other persons named John Carson, see John Carson (disambiguation). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... In medicine, mastectomy is the medical term for the surgical removal of one or both breasts, partially or completely. ... Breast cancer is cancer of breast tissue. ... The lymphatic system is a complex network of lymphoid organs, lymph nodes, lymph ducts, lymphatic tissues, lymph capillaries and lymph vessels that produce and transport lymph fluid from tissues to the circulatory system. ... The American Cancer Society (ACS) is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy and service. ...


Eventually the cancer took its toll, and by June 1979, Minnie was confined to bed. She entered Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California for the last time on July 10. On Thursday July 12, 1979, Minnie Riperton died peacefully in her husband's arms. Her family inscribed her headstone with a lyric of her most famous song, "Lovin' you is easy cause you're beautiful."[2] Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is a hospital located in Los Angeles, California. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... is the 191st day of the year (192nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 193rd day of the year (194th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ...


Posthumous recordings

After Riperton died, several artists contributed vocals to tracks Minnie had recorded before her death, to help compile Richard Rudolph's final tribute to his beloved wife, "Love Lives Forever." Included, among others, were Peabo Bryson, Michael Jackson, and Stevie Wonder. Peabo Bryson (born Robert Peabo Bryson on April 13, 1951) is an American R&B and soul singer, born in Greenville, South Carolina. ... For other persons named Michael Jackson, see Michael Jackson (disambiguation). ... Stevie Wonder (born Stevland Hardaway Judkins on May 13, 1950, name later changed to Stevland Hardaway Morris)[1] is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. ...


Minnie Riperton's last single, "Give Me Time" was released in 1980. Richard Rudolph wrote the song, "Now That I Have You" for Riperton, but she never got the chance to record it; he gave the song to Teena Marie, who recorded it (and co-produced it with Rudolph) on Teena Marie's second LP, Lady T. Finally, in 1982, Capitol Records released The Best Of Minnie Riperton, a greatest hits collection. Teena Marie (born Mary Christine Brockert on March 5, 1956 in Santa Monica, California, USA) is an American Grammy Award-nominated singer/songwriter/producer. ... For a list of albums known simply as Greatest Hits, see List of albums titled Greatest Hits. ...


Vocal ability

Aside from her various hits, Riperton is perhaps best remembered today for her ability to sing in the whistle register, in which she had rare facility. Riperton possessed a five-octave vocal range (the liner notes to her Petals legacy album ascribe five-and-a-half octaves to her). Riperton's ability to enunciate in the high registers set her apart from most other whistle-register singers. This feature is most notably heard in the song "Here We Go," where she sings "here we go" in the whistle register. It is unmistakably enunciated despite its high pitch. Whistle-register enunciation can also be heard in songs such as "Inside My Love," "Adventures in Paradise," "Expecting," "Only When I'm Dreaming" and also in "Teach Me How To Fly" and "Like A Rolling Stone" with the Rotary Connection. Riperton was also noted for her ability to sound almost mechanical or instrumental in the whistle register. In "You Take My Breath Away," she sings a crescendo scale ending two octaves above the staff. She has also been credited for her ability to sustain notes in the sixth and seventh octave for long periods of time, as in "Reasons," "Could It Be I'm In Love," "Adventures In Paradise," and "Inside My Love" and also "Love Me Now" with the Rotary Connection. Having an innate ability to imitate many instruments helped lead to Riperton's discovery while she was a secretary at Chess Records. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Discography

Albums

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Compilations

  • Best Of...Hits, Live & Then Some (Capitol, 1981)
  • Capitol Gold: The Best Of Minnie Riperton (Capitol, 1993)
  • Her Chess Years (Chess, 1997)
  • Petals: The Minnie Riperton Collection (The Right Stuff, 2001)
  • Les Fleurs: The Minnie Riperton Anthology (EMI, 2001)

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Singles

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Covers, references, and sampling

  • On the South Park episode "Big Gay Al's Big Gay Boat Ride." Uncle Jimbo and his war buddy, Ned, devise a plan to have a team mascot explode when John Stamos's older brother, Richard, hits a high F in the song "Lovin' You."
  • In the 1996 film The Nutty Professor," Eddie Murphy's character, Buddy Love, incapacitates comic Reggie Warrington (Dave Chappelle) and forces him into a duet of "Lovin' You." Buddy sings the chorus, then cracks Reggie's hand, causing him to wail in a high-pitched tone, parodying Riperton's whistle register.
  • Deniece Williams, Mariah Carey and Tamar Braxton have stated that Minnie was an inspiration in the development of their vocal talents.
  • Kate Bush referenced Riperton in the song "Blow Away (for Bill)" from the 1980 album Never Forever, The song is a tribute to the many artists who inspired Kate Bush as a young teenager who had suffered untimely deaths; specifically in the line "Minnie, Moonie, Buddy Holly, Sandy Denny...." Much of Bush's high-range vocalizing shows the direct influence of Riperton's style.
  • Jean Carne, on her 1983 Motown album Trust Me, did a funky version of Minnie's original "Completeness," using similar operatic notes to bring color to the song.
  • "Lovin' You" was sampled in Stagga Lee's "Roll Wit M.V.P."
  • In 1989, British ambient group The Orb sampled "Lovin' You" on their breakthrough single, "A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules from the Centre of the Ultraworld."
  • Shanice Wilson covered "Lovin' You" in 1991 on her album Inner Child, and again on her 2006 album Every Woman's Dreams."
  • In June 1990, a cover of "Lovin' You," by "Massivo (Featuring Tracy)" emerged in the British charts and stayed in the low 20's/early 30's for four weeks.
  • In 1991 and 1993, rap group A Tribe Called Quest sampled Riperton's "Baby This Love I Have" for the song "Check the Rhime" on the "The Low End Theory" album. Following that, on their next album, "Midnight Marauders", they sampled "Inside My Love" for "Lyrics to Go."
  • In 1993, rapper Tragedy Khadafi sampled "Inside My Love" for "Street Life [Return Of The Life Remix]" on Saga of a Hoodlum.
  • In 1995, rapper Tupac Shakur sampled Riperton's "Inside My Love" for the song "Me Against the World" on his album of the same name.
  • In 1996, Slum Village sampled the keyboard and Riperton's voice from "Inside My Love" in the song "Look of Love (Remix)," on their album Fan-Tas-Tic (Vol. 1).
  • In 1997, Nuyorican Soul (a Masters at Work alias) covered "I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun," with Jocelyn Brown as singer.
  • In 1997, Wayne Newton and Beverly D'Angelo sang "Lovin' You" in the movie Vegas Vacation.
  • In 1997, her song "Inside My Love" was used by Quentin Tarantino in his movie Jackie Brown, and appeared on its soundtrack.
  • In 1998, Talib Kweli, Mos Def and Hi Tek featuring Vinia Mojica sampled Riperton's "Baby This Love I Have" in the song "K.O.S" on the album Black Star.
  • In 1999, Mariah Carey emulated Riperton in her song "Bliss," the third track on her album Rainbow. Carey can be heard singing the phrase "on and on" in a style similar to Riperton's.
  • In 2000, her song "Inside My Love" was used in a sex scene for the movie Road Trip.
  • In 2001, one of Riperton's earlier songs, "Les Fleur," was covered by 4hero, using Carina Andersson as the lead vocalist. (4hero also produced a renowned remix of Nuyorican Soul's cover of "I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun.")
  • In 2001, Welsh based DJ Jean Jacques Smoothie scored a worldwide hit with "2 People," which directly sampled Riperton's "Inside My Love."
  • In 2001, singers Leona Lewis and Marley J Wills recorded a cover of "Lovin' You" for a demo. The pair duet on the track. Three years later Leona covered it again for another demo. Leona was unknown at the time, but both songs have now leaked onto the Internet after she won talent show "X-Factor" in 2006.
  • In 2003, Kenny Lattimore and Chanté Moore covered "Here We Go," a Minnie Riperton duet with Peabo Bryson from the posthumous Love Lives Forever album.
  • In 2003, Japanese R&B singer Ken Hirai covered Riperton's song "Lovin' You" in his album Ken's Bar.
  • In 2003, Twista released the single "Slow Jamz" featuring Kanye West and Jamie Foxx. Riperton is one of the artists referred to in the song's lyrics.
  • In 2003, Filipino singer Lani Misalucha released the album Lovin' You, which includes Riperton's song "Lovin' You." Ms Misalucha's cover version of this song has become one of her concert tour highlights.
  • In 2004, the Australian whistle-range singer Adam Lopez instrumentalized in the background of his song "Stay With Me," imitating a piccolo in a manner similar to Minnie Riperton.
  • In the 2004 film Johnson Family Vacation, Vanessa Williams and Gabby Soleil do a mother-daughter duet of "Lovin' You" in the bath.
  • In 2005, Tireh duplicated Riperton's bridge acrobatics on Riperton's climax for "Memory Lane" by sustaining notes in the whistle register to mimic the sound of a violin, in his song titled "Who Would Have Known."
  • In 2005, Super Girl contestant Zhang Liangying covered "Lovin' You."
  • British-American singer-songwriter Julia Fordham wrote and recorded the song "Roadside Angel" as a tribute to Minnie. It appears on her 2001 album Concrete Love," which also includes Julia's cover of "Lovin' You" as an unlisted bonus track. A live version also appears on Julia's album That's Live.
  • In 2006, Japanese singer Minako Honda covered Riperton's song "Lovin' You" in her album Kokoro wo komete...(心を込めて...) which was released after she died in 2005.
  • In 2006, the late prolific hip-hop producer J Dilla sampled "Inside My Love" for Busta Rhymes' song "You Can't Hold The Torch" from his album The Big Bang (album) and previously for the Jaylib song "Smootherness", and "Look of Love Remix" from the Slum Village album "Fan-Tas-Tic (Vol. 1)"
  • In late 2006, Riperton's song "Here We Go" was sampled by producer K Swiss for two songs on the debut album Rhyme & Reason by indie alternative rap group Lyrically Equipped.
  • In the 2006 Disney film The Wild, we hear "Lovin' You" when Benny the squirrel lays eyes on his beloved Bridget the giraffe.
  • Also in 2006, Nas used "Rainy Day In Centerville" for his song "Where Ya'll At?"
  • In 2006, rapper Ice Cube sampled "Memory Lane" for the song "Growin Up" from the Laugh Now, Cry Later album.
  • In 2006, rapper Penelope Jones released a promotional single featuring Mya entitled "No Matter What They Say" which sampled "Loving You" & had Minnie's vocals synthesized in the backing track.
  • In 2007, Dubstep producer Coki from Digital Mystikz sampled "Lovin' You" for the song "Ruff Lovin'" featured on the Dubstep Allstars 5 mix by UK DJ N-Type.
  • In the 2007 movie Disturbia, Shia LaBeouf's character plays "Lovin' You," and later asks his co-star Sarah Roemer, "You don't like Minnie Riperton?"
  • "Baby, This Love I Have" is one of the songs Common used in his single "I Want You," the other being Bob James's cover of "Feel Like Making Love."
  • Visa Check Card used Minnie Riperton's "Lovin' You" at a Pittsburgh Steelers game. This song comes on over the intercom. The song is supposed to be "Who Let the Dogs Out?" by the Baha Men. The person in charge of the music is trying to buy a copy of it with a check and the clerk is demanding to see some I.D. The clerk says, "I don't care whose stadium security you work for! I got to see some I.D.!" Viewers see several spectators and players (including Jerome Bettis) with confused looks on their faces as "Lovin' You" is playing over the loudspeakers.
  • In 2008, singer Erykah Badu posed as Riperton on the cover of Perfect Angel in her video for "Honey"
  • The song "Inside My Love" is featured on the radio station 'The Vibe' in the video game 'Grand Theft Auto IV'

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  1. ^ BAW: BlackAmericaWeb.com Exclusive Series: 20 People Who Changed Black Music – Operatic Angel Minnie Riperton, the Voice of Perfection
  2. ^ A photo of Minnie Riperton's grave
  3. ^ Amateur review of Perfect Angel at Yahoo! Shopping

In 2006, rapper Penelope Jones released a promotional single featuring Mya entitled "No Matter What They Say" which sampled "Loving You" & had Minnie's vocals synthesized in the background.


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Minnie Julia Riperton (November 8, 1947 - July 12, 1979) was a soul singer from Chicago, Illinois, most noted for her abilities in the whistle register and her 1975 hit single "Lovin' You".
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