Remembering - HAPPY BIRTHDAY MINNIE RIPERTON!!! She could sing Opera, Her Octaves were ridiculous, She could sing Rock, truth be told Minnie Riperton, sang it all. Like an Angel from above, that voice was Blessed by GOD. Right when she started to blossom, she was taken away, on a higher plane. A warrior, a trailblazer and feminist. Today Minnie Riperton, would be on that Hillary train.
On April 5, 1975, Riperton reached the apex of her career with her #1 single, "Lovin' You". 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. She 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, she 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.
Today when I hear the lines 'I stumbled on this photograph, it could of made me laugh' it always brings a smile to my face, as Minnie's music often did, traveling down 'Memory Lane' does the heart could, in remembrance as what some called a 'Perfect Angel'.