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Madeline Bell

Madeline Bell on stage
Background information
Birth name Madeline Bell
Born 23 July 1942 (1942-07-23) (age 67)
Newark, New Jersey, United States
Origin Newark
Genres Soul
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1965-present
Labels RPM, RCA
Associated acts Sandpebbles [Dusty Springfield]], Blue Mink, Ashman-Reynolds, Spike Edney's All Star Band (S.A.S.)
Website Official website

Madeline Bell (born 23 July 1942, Newark, New Jersey) is an American soul singer, who became famous as a performer in the United Kingdom during the 1960s, having arrived from the US in the gospel show Black Nativity in 1962, with vocal group The Bradford Singers.

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Career

She worked as a session singer, most notably backing for Dusty Springfield, and can be found on early Donna Summer material as well. Her first major solo hit was a cover version of Dee Dee Warwick's single "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me", which performed better on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart than the original.

Madeline then joined contemporary pop combo Blue Mink, with whom she had a number of Top 20 hits with Philips Records in the UK, including "Melting Pot", "Our World", "Randy", "Banner Man", "Good Morning Freedom", "Sunday", "By The Devil I Was Tempted" and "Stay With Me".[1] Before joining Blue Mink in late 1969 she sang solo, and her cover version of "Picture Me Gone" is still a Northern Soul favourite today, as is "What Am I Supposed To Do", from 1968, a two-minute B-side tune co-written with future Led Zeppelin member John Paul Jones, then working as one of London's most in-demand session bassists (Bell also sang backup on Joe Cocker's "Bye Bye Blackbird" in 1969, which featured a guitar solo from another Led Zeppelin member, Jimmy Page) Jones later arranged, produced and recorded Bell's 1973 RCA album Comin' Atcha.[2] She also contributed to the soundtrack of the romance film A Touch of Class (1973).

Bell has also provided backing vocals on a number of other artists recordings notably Tom Parker's neo-classical arrangements and in 1975 performed with Sunny and Sue (originally members of Brotherhood of Man) at the Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm, Sweden, providing backing vocals for the German entry "Ein Lied Kann Eine Brücke Sein", performed by Joy Fleming. In 1976 she sang backing vocals on We Can't Go on Meeting Like This, the second album by the band Hummingbird.

She also joined the French disco group Space providing lead vocals on two of their albums. One of the songs she provided lead vocals on was "Save Your Love For Me" from 1978 which charted high in many countries. She also provided backing vocals for another French artist; Cerrone. Madeline also appears on Giorgio Moroder's 1979 album, E=MC2.

Since the 1970s, Bell has continued singing solo and also performed in a number of stage shows. She lives in Spain with her husband, drummer Barry Reeves, and regularly tours Europe singing jazz and popular songs. In 1982, she added background vocals to the fantasy film Alicja. She then again teamed up with John Paul Jones in 1985, contributing performances ("Take It or Leave It" and "Here I Am") to the soundtrack album Scream for Help.

Madeline was the voice behind the 1980s advertising campaign for Brooke Bond D, a brand of tea bag in the UK. The music was composed by Robbie Bond. She also provided vocals on the jingles of another 1980s advertising campaign, British Gas' Wonderfuel Gas, which began in 1982.

Solo discography

  • Bell's a Poppin (1967)
  • Doin' Things (1968)
  • I'm Gonna Make You Love Me (1968)
  • Madeline Bell (1971)
  • Comin' Atcha (1973)
  • This Is One Girl (1976)
  • Beat out That Rhythm on a Drum (1998)
  • Blessed (2000)

References

  1. ^ Larkin, Colin (1993). The Guinness Who's Who of Seventies Music. p. 85. ISBN 0-85112-727-4.  
  2. ^ Lewis, Dave (2003). Led Zeppelin: A Celebration. p. 185. ISBN 0-7119-9651-2.  

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