Chicago, Illinois, USA
Place of Death
Los Angeles, California, USA
Cause of Death
Claim to Fame
1975 single ''Lovin` You''
Soul, Pop-Soul, Chicago Soul, Smooth Soul, Pop/Rock, AM Pop, Uptown Soul
Earnest, Intimate, Sensual, Gentle, Stylish, Laid-Back/Mellow, Sweet, Passionate, Sexy, Amiable/Good-Natured, Earthy, Sentimental, Romantic, Innocent, Exuberant, Delicate
Zainon Salleh Riperton-Rudolph (November 8, 1947 – July 12, 1979), known professionally as Minnie Riperton, was an American singer-songwriter best known for her 1975 single "Lovin' You" and her five-octave coloratura soprano. She is also widely known for her use of the whistle register and has been referred to by the media as the "Queen of the whistle register". Born in 1947, Riperton grew up in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood on the South Side. As a child, she studied music, drama and dance at Chicago's Lincoln Center. In her teen years, she sang lead vocals for the Chicago-based girl group The Gems. Her early affiliation with the legendary Chicago-based Chess Records afforded her the opportunity to sing backup for various established artists such as Etta James, Fontella Bass, Ramsey Lewis, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters. While at Chess, Riperton also sang lead for the experimental rock/soul group Rotary Connection, from 1967 to 1971.
Has Detailed Data (New)
Profile Bio Text
Zainon Salleh Riperton-Rudolph (November 8, 1947 – July 12, 1979), known professionally as Minnie Riperton, was an American singer-songwriter best known for her 1975 single "Lovin' You". She was married to songwriter and music producer Richard Rudolph from 1972 until her death in 1979. They had two children: music engineer Marc Rudolph and actress/comedienne Maya Rudolph.
Riperton grew up on Chicago's South Side. As a child, she studied music, drama, and dance at Chicago's Lincoln Center. In her teen years, she sang lead vocals for the Chicago-based girl group, The Gems. Her early affiliation with the legendary Chicago-based Chess Records afforded her the opportunity to sing backup for various established artists such as Etta James, Fontella Bass, Ramsey Lewis, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, and Muddy Waters. While at Chess, Riperton also sang lead for the experimental rock/soul group Rotary Connection, from 1967 to 1971. In 1969 Riperton, along with Rotary Connection, played in the first Catholic Rock Mass at the Liturgical Conference National Convention, Milwaukee Arena, Milwaukee, WI, produced by James F. Colaianni. Riperton reached the apex of her career with her number-one hit single, "Lovin' You," on April 4, 1975. The single was the last release from her 1974 gold album entitled Perfect Angel.
In January 1976, Riperton was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a radical mastectomy. By the time of diagnosis, the cancer had metastasized and she was given about six months to live. Despite the grim prognosis, she continued recording and touring. Riperton was one of the first celebrities to go public with her breast cancer diagnosis, but did not disclose she was terminally ill. In 1977, she became a spokesperson for the American Cancer Society. In 1978, Riperton also received the American Cancer Society's Courage Award which was presented to her at the White House by President Jimmy Carter. She died at age 31 on July 12, 1979
Riperton was born in Chicago to Thelma and Daniel Riperton, a Pullman porter. The youngest of eight children in a musical family, Riperton embraced the arts early on. Although she began with ballet and modern dance, Riperton's parents recognized her vocal and musical abilities and encouraged her to pursue music and voice.
At Chicago's Lincoln Center, Riperton received operatic vocal training from Marion Jeffery. She practiced breathing and phrasing, with particular emphasis on diction. Jeffery also trained Riperton to use her full range.
While studying under Jeffery, Riperton sang operettas and show tunes, in preparation for a career 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. The young Riperton was, however, becoming very interested in soul, rhythm and blues, and rock. After graduating from Hyde Park High School, now Hyde Park Career Academy, she enrolled at Loop College and became a member of the prestigious Zeta Phi Beta. She dropped out of college to pursue her music career. In 1967, Riperton met songwriter Richard Rudolph, whom she married five years later. They have a son named Marc, and their daughter is Maya Rudolph, a successful television and film actress/comedienne.
She died peacefully in her husband`s arms while listening to a recording of a song Stevie Wonder had written for her.
Full Name at Birth
Zainon Salleh Riperton
Has Detailed Data (Music)
Maya Rudolph (daughter)
Has Detailed Data (105)
Has Detailed Data (76)
Music Profile Complete
Couple Profile Source
India, Canada, United States Of America
Music Genre (Text)
R & B, Soul Music
Jack The Ripper
Brown - Dark
Marc Rudolph (son)
Music Genre (Text)
Chess, Epic, Capitol
Rotary Connection, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Gwen McCrae
Wiki Bio Text
==Minnie Riperton== Vocalist - ====Date of Birth==== 8 November 1947, Chicago, Illinois, USA
====Date of Death==== 12 July 1979, Los Angeles, California, USA (breast cancer)
====Birth Name==== Minnie Julia Riperton
===Mini Bio (1)=== ====Minnie Riperton==== was born November 8, 1947, in Chicago, Illinois, to Thelma Inez (Matthews) and Daniel Webster Riperton, a Pullman porter. At a young age, Riperton, the youngest of eight children, began taking dancing and ballet. Once she reached high school, she began singing in the Hyde Park A Capella Choir. From there, she signed her first professional contract (age 16) and began singing with an all-girl group named "The Gems" on the Chess label. After breaking from "The Gems", Riperton made a complete switch; she joined the psychedelic rock group "The Rotary Connection" in 1967 and was installed as the lead singer in 1968. During her time with "The Rotary Connection", Riperton met songwriter and producer Dick Rudolph. They married in 1969 and had a son, Marc Rudolph. Together, Rudolph and Riperton worked on Riperton's first solo album, 1969's "Come to My Garden", which met with only minimal success. Riperton rejoined "The Rotary Connection" for their last album, 1971's "Hey Love". After finishing work with them, Riperton relocated to Gainesville, Florida, where she gave birth to her daughter Maya Rudolph. Eventually, she moved to Los Angeles to become a member of Stevie Wonder's backing group, "Wonderlove".
====After touring with Wonder,==== she returned to the studio to work on her second solo album, "Perfect Angel". Because of her work with Stevie Wonder, he agreed to help produce "Perfect Angel", which contained the international pop hit "Lovin' You". "Lovin' You", as the story is told, was originally supposed to be a lullaby for her then two-year-old daughter, Maya.
====The year 1974==== proved to be big for Riperton, as her album "Perfect Angel" was certified gold by the RIAA. In 1975, she returned to the studio to produce 1975's "Adventures in Paradise" and, although it didn't mirror the success of "Perfect Angel", it was popular with R&B audiences. The album contained the song "Inside My Love", which has now become a classic with younger audiences. In 1976, while working on her fourth solo album, "Stay In Love: A Romantic Fantasy Set to Music", Riperton found that she was suffering from breast cancer. The following year, President Jimmy Carter presented her with the American Cancer Society's Courage Award, and she later became the chairwoman. In 1978, Riperton signed a new contract with Capitol Records and began work on her last album, titled "Minnie". The album contained the hits "Memory Lane" and "Lover and Friend". Her health continued to decline in 1979, and eventually she lost her battle with cancer and passed away on July 12, 1979. A year after her death, Capitol released a posthumous album, "Love Lives Forever", featuring her recorded vocals with various singers such as Peabo Bryson, Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder. Today, Riperton's influence can be heard in the voices of Mariah Carey, Chanté Moore and Christina Aguilera. Her son, Marc Rudolph, is a music engineer. Her daughter, Maya Rudolph, is a regular cast member on Saturday Night Live (1975).
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Brandon
===Spouse (1)=== Dick Rudolph (1969 - 12 July 1979) (her death) (2 children)
===Trade Mark (1)=== Soaring high note
===Trivia (6)=== ====First recorded==== as a solo artist under the pseudonym Andrea Davis.
====Lead singer==== of the psychedelic rock group The Rotary Connection from 1967 to 1971.
====Mother, with Dick Rudolph,==== of daughter Maya Rudolph and son Marc Rudolph.
====Member of==== Rotary Connection, 1967-1971. Took part in six albums: Rotary Connection (1968); Aladdin (1968); Peace (1968); Songs (1969); Dinner Music (1970); and Hey Love (1971).
====Member of==== Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
====Early reviews==== on Riperton labeled her the "piccolo coloratura" because her coloratura soprano abilities were so astonishing that many people incorrectly attributed the notes to funky instrumentation. Also, while a secretary at Chess Records, Riperton practiced imitating the instrumental section, notably the strings and violin and especially the flute.
Couple Profile Source
Music Genre (Text)
Quiet Storm, Psychedelic Soul, Vocal Jazz, Disco
Stevie Wonder, Leon Ware, Charles Stepney, Deniece Williams
Music Genre (Text)