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Then, in 1988, she made in a mall booth a recording of an Anita Baker song; this changed her life. Her mother’s then boyfriend brought the cassette to Uptown Records, and the label’s CEO, Andre Harrell, was so impressed that he signed Blige to a recording contract the following year. For several years, Blige was confined to doing backup singing for other artists. , largely produced by Sean Combs. The title track, written by Blige, about her experiences as a telephone operator, became a number-one hit on the Billboard R & B charts.
For several years, Blige was confined to doing backup singing for other artists. , largely produced by Sean Combs. The title track, written by Blige, about her experiences as a telephone operator, became a number-one hit on the Billboard R & B charts. Her second album, My Life (1994), again produced by Combs, was mostly written by Blige and was largely autobiographical. 26 Brandy She appeared in the film comedy I Can Do Bad All by Myself (2009), directed by Tyler Perry, and is scheduled to portray the late singer Nina Simone in a film due to be released in 2012.
Robinson’s father, Bailey, a handyman, died two years later. Robinson’s mother, Reather, passed away when he was 15. He left school at 15 and got a job playing with a country and western band in Jacksonville, Florida. Wanting a fresh start, Robinson had a friend find him the farthermost point from Florida on a United States map. It was Seattle, Washington, and he moved there in 1948. In Seattle, Robinson formed a trio of piano, bass, and guitar. The group played jazzy, cocktail music, modeling themselves after the then-popular Nat King Cole trio.
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