1971 Freda Payne – Bring The Boys Home
Freday Payne grew up in Detroit and was talented enough to attend Detroit Institute of Musical Arts as a teenager. When she was about 21, she moved to New York City and began recording jazz albums.
In 1969, Freda signed with the Invictus record label, which was owned by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, and Edward Holland, Jr. Her first single did not perform well. After that disappointment, Eddie offered her a song he and Brian had co-written with Ron Dunbar: Band Of Gold. The backing musicians were an amazing collection of future stars: vocals from Joyce Vincent Wilson and Telma Hopkins (who later became members of Dawn), Ray Parker, Jr. on lead guitar, Dennis Coffey (Scorpio) on electric sitar, and the Funk Brothers.
Brian and Lamont produced her single, which peaked at #3 on the Hot 100 in early 1970. The record also reached #20 on the R&B chart and hit the top of the chart in the UK.
Many of the same musicians helped create her next single. Deeper and Deeper peaked at only #24 on the Hot 100, but reached the top ten on the R&B chart.
Freda had a few more hits on the R&B chart, but only reached the top forty on the Hot 100 one more time. She recorded the anti-war protest song Bring The Boys Home in 1971. The single peaked at #12 on the Hot 100. It was her most successful record on the R&B chart, where it reached #3.
Freda’s singing career was all but over after 1971, even though she continued recording albums through 1979. She transitioned to acting during the next decade. She hosted the talk show Today’s Black Woman in 1981 and followed that with acting roles in plays and film.
Freda returned to recording in 2001. She recorded solo albums as recently as 2014 and recorded with several other artists as well.
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