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Roberta Kelly is an African American singer born in 1949 in Los Angeles who scored three hits on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart in 1976-78. Her biggest hit, "Trouble-Maker", spent two weeks at #1 on that chart.

Prior to releases in the U.S. through composer Giorgio Moroder's Oasis record label, Kelly recorded, during the 1970s, a single in Germany entitled "Kung Fu Is Back Again", released on Atlantic and produced by songwriter/producer Pete Bellotte.

The 'Trouble Maker' album also included a cover version of "Love Power", a 1967 hit for The Sandpebbles written by Teddy Vann, which was later made famous as a part of Luther Vandross' repertoire.


Recent Time

During the summer of 2008, Kelly resurfaced with the single, "America (The Sound Of Colour Realized)." She is now working on a new album by the same title.


After the 1974 single "Kung Fu Is Back Again", she released the single "Love Power" (b/w "Drifter") and a very rare album, "This is Roberta Kelly" in 1975, a collection of soul funk.

In April 1976 she tunred to disco with the single "Troublemaker" (b/w "The Family") and the same name album. The album contained 5 tracks including an extended version of "Love Power". In 1977 she released Zodiacs—the controversial album that Casablanca Records, during the disco heyday, refused at first to release. Imports from Italy swamped the international dance floors, creating a blockbuster hit in the title track and songs such as "Love Sign". Many feel this album was the warm-up to the Moroder/Bellotte team dabbling with retro flavors, as the precursor to Donna Summer's "I Remember Yesterday". This album spawned a twelve-inch single "Zodiac," which had major club and radio play, "Funky Stardust" (b/w "I'm Sagittarius") was another 7" from this album in addition to "Zodiacs"itself and, in Italy only, "Love Sign" (b/w "Funky Stardust"). Casablanca released this album under NBLP 7069. Both "Troublemaker" and "Zodiac Lady" were produced by Moroder & Bellotte.

Getting The Spirit followed in March 1978, produced by Giorgio Moroder & Bob Easty. It is a complete album of gospel songs, which followed Kelly's commitment to becoming a Christian. It has long been rumoured that is was Kelly who led Oasis label-mate Donna Summer to becoming a "born again" Christian as well. This album featured a dance version of "O Happy Day" and cult dance track "In My Father's House" (both on the same 7"). The single "Gettin' the Spirit" was also released with flipside "My Sweet Lord".

When pope John Paul II succeeded Paul VI in 1979, she released the single "John Paul II" (flipside "Tribute to Love"). The single never made it into an album, but the flipside did in the late 1980 "Roots Can Be Anywhere". By this time she was no longer with Casablanca. Two singles were released: "Kabacka Shaka (b/w Little Mary Jo" and "Roots Can Be Anywhere" (b/w "Miel Masai", but the album received limited success probably due to limited distribution. It was availbale with two different covers and produced by Michael Holm.

In 1981, Kelly released the album Tell Me through Baby Records in Italy, featuring "Patty Cake" (b/w "Making it to the Top")as a single, produced by Jürgen Koppers.

From 1975 till 1983 she also performed as back-up singer with Thelma Houston, and on a number of Donna Summer's albums.

After that we had to wait till 1995, when she released "The Sound of Color" and the single "Jubilee in Germany" celebrating the 25 anniversary of the end of WWII.

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