Monday, 9 June 2008

Pat Lewis - Seperation 1991

Debut Records DEBTX 3131
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  • Seperation (Extended Mix)
  • Seperation (7" Version)
  • Something's Telling Me
Patsy Lewis grew up in Detroit. In the early sixties, Patsy & Diane Lewis along with sisters Betty & Jackie Winston, formed a group called “The Adorables” which had moderate success. As Pat Lewis, she recorded solo and began singing background vocals for various artists at Motown and numerous other recording studios.

In 1967, Aretha Franklin asked her to become one of her background singers while she also continued to arrange and sing background along with Diane and Rose as “The Group” working on Isaac Hayes’ album “Hot Buttered Soul.” On tour “The Group” became “Hot Buttered Soul.”

In 1985, she reunited with her long time friend and producer, George Clinton and then in In 1986, Pat was contacted by the late Edwin Starr, who resided in England which opened up the world of Northern Soul. Pat toured the U.K. over the next few years. During that time she met Ian Levine, a friend of Kim Weston, who came to Detroit and wanted to record many of the Motown Artist and their old hits, plus some original songs one of which was Seperation, written with Billy Griffin. Ian hired Pat as the coordinator, These projects lasted four to five years. Ian also employed Pat, in England, to do other projects for him.

Among many others, Pat has worked with Isaac Hayes, Johnny Taylor, Albert King, The Supremes, Dionne Warrick, Mavis Staples, Tracy Ullman, Aretha Franklin, Prince, Kim Weston, Jackie Wilson, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stevie Wonder, Sammy Davis Jr., Paul Simon, The Four Tops, Billy Eckstein, Frederick Knight, The Reflections, The Marvelettes, Barbara McNair, Lamont Dozier, Burt Bacharach, The Miracles, 5th Dimension, The Funkadelics, The Contours, Marilyn McCoo, Edwin Starr, Vickie Winan, Johnny Bristol, Freda Payne, Ivy Joe Hunter, Vanessa Williams, Billy Preston, Mary Wells, Brook Benton, Jimmy Ruffin, Betty Lavette, David Ruffin and Gladys Knight & the Pips.

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