Post by Emerald City on May 2, 2005 16:44:36 GMT -5
Born 1942, in Virginia, Fair joined the Chantels in the early 60s before touring for five years as a member of James Brown's revue, and recording two singles with Brown for King. After recording one unsuccessful single for Motown Records' Soul subsidiary in 1970, she spent three years as part of Chuck Jackson's band, before returning to Motown in 1974.
Fair teamed up with producer Norman Whitfield, who brought her raucous vocal talents to his song "Funky Music Sho' Nuff Turns Me On", a 1974 R&B hit, followed later that year by "Walk Out The Door If You Wanna". It was the b-side of the latter single - a fiery revival of Gladys Knight's 1968 hit, "It Should've Been Me" - that brought her most attention, when it belatedly charted in Britain early in 1976.
Fair had already left the Motown stable, and was unable to capitalize on this success. She appeared in the film Lady Sings The Blues, and before her untimely death in on the 6 March 1994, she worked with Dionne Warwick.