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Freda Payne

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The multi-talented Freda Payne is best known for her singing career, yet she has also performed in musicals and acted in movies over the years, and was briefly the host of her own TV talk show. Born Freda Charcilia Payne on September 19, 1942, in Detroit, Michigan, Payne developed an appreciation of music at an early age (due to such sultry jazz singers as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, and Billie Holiday). Payne's own musical career blossomed soon after, as she began early singing radio commercial jingles, which brought the young vocalist to the attention of several music-biz heavyweights. Berry Gordy, Jr. attempted to sign Payne to his then-burgeoning record company Motown, while Duke Ellington employed Payne as the featured singer with his renowned orchestra for two nights in Pittsburgh, resulting in Ellington offering the teenager a ten-year contract. But in both cases, Payne's mother turned them down. During the early to mid-'60s, Payne established herself as a fine jazz vocalist, touring the country with both Quincy Jones and Bill Cosby, and issuing a jazz/big band-based album in 1963, After the Lights Go Down Low and Much More!. In addition to a sophomore effort surfacing three years later, How Do You Say I Don't Love You Anymore, Payne enjoyed further exposure via appearances on such TV shows as Johnny Carson, David Frost, and Merv Griffin. But it wasn't until Payne signed on to the Invictus label in 1969 (headed by longtime friends/former Motown songwriters/producers Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier, and Brian Holland) and issued the fine album Band of Gold that she scored her breakthrough hit single, the album's title track, which peaked at number three in the U.S. and topped the chart in the U.K. in 1970. Although Payne never enjoyed another hit as substantial as "Band of Gold," several other successful singles followed in the early '70s: "Deeper and Deeper," "Cherish What's Dear to You," "You Brought the Joy," and the Vietnam protest song "Bring the Boys Home." Further albums followed throughout the '70s, including such titles as Contact, Reaching Out, Payne & Pleasure, Out of Payne Comes Love, Stares & Whispers, Supernatural High, and Hot, which all failed to make an impression on the charts. Payne then switched her attention from music to TV, as she hosted her very own (yet short-lived) talk show in 1981, Today's Black Woman. The '90s saw Payne return to music, as such albums as An Evening with Freda Payne and Christmas with Freda & Friends were issued, while Payne also landed roles in such movies as Private Obsession, Sprung, and Ragdoll. Payne continued to balance an acting and music career during the early 21st century, as she appeared in the 2000 Eddie Murphy comedy Nutty Professor II: The Klumps and the made-for-TV movie Fire & Ice, plus issuing an all-new album in 2001, Come See About Me. Around the same time, several hits compilations were issued, including such titles as Band of Gold: The Best of Freda Payne, Unhooked Generation: The Complete Invictus Recordings, and The Best of Freda Payne: Ten Best Series. Impulse re-released After the Lights Go Down Low in 2005, but failed to add any bonus material. She returned in 2007 with the album On the Inside, which was a collection of her most personal songs. In 2009, she re-entered public consciousness with an appearance on American Idol, performing her most iconic song. In June 2014, she released a jazz-influenced studio album entitled Come Back to Me Love. ~ Greg Prato
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  2.   Band of Gold
  3.   After the Lights Go Down Low
  4.   Come Back To Me Love
  5.   Lately
  6.   Bring the Boys Home
  7.   Just a Woman
  8.   Come Back
  9.   You Brought the Joy
  10.   For No Reason
  11.   It's Time
  12.   Sweet September
  13.   I Wish I Knew
  14.   Sweet Pumpkin
  15.   Rock Me in the Cradle
  16.   Out of This World
  17.   You're the Only Bargain I've Got
  18.   Through the Memory of My Mind
  19.   Love on Borrowed Time
  20.   Unhooked Generation
  21.   The Road We Didn't Take
  22.   Impersonation Medley: Stormy Weather
  23.   Deeper and Deeper
  24.   You've Got to Love Somebody (Let It Be Me)
  25.   Let It Be Me
  26.   Two Wrongs Don't Make a Right
  27.   Nobody Wants You When You're Down and Out
  28.   False Love (Du Har Låtit Din Kärlek Få Försvinna)
  29.   Boom Boom
  30.   Whatever Happened To Me
  31.   I Won't Last a Day Without You
  32.   Don't Wanna Be Left Out
  33.   Somebody for Everybody
  34.   I Don't Want to Talk About It
  35.   You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
  36.   Yesterday
  37.   Too Late
  38.   San Juan
  39.   Sad Sad September
  40.   On Easy Street
  41.   It's Here for You
  42.   If You Love Me
  43.   Feeling Good
  44.   (How Do You Say) I Don't Love You Anymore?
  45.   Save Up All Your Tears
  46.   The Things We Love to Do
  47.   He's in My Life
  48.   The World Don't Owe You a Thing
  49.   Memories and Souvenirs
  50.   Run for your Life
  51.   You
  52.   Look What I Found
  53.   Seems So Long
  54.   Lost In Love
  55.   You Brought the Woman Out of Me
  56.   Keep It Coming
  57.   (See Me) One Last Time
  58.   Only Minutes Away
  59.   Beads
  60.   Rough and Ready Man
  61.   In a Sentimental Mood
  62.   Take the 'A' Train
  63.   Cherish What Is Dear to You (While It's Near to You)
  64.   Teach Me Tonight
  65.   Little Girl Blue
  66.   I'm a Woman
  67.   Don't Rain on My Parade
  68.   O Little Town of Bethlehem
  69.   I Just Have To Know
  70.   You Never Should Have Loved Me
  71.   Midnight Sun
  72.   Who Can I Turn To?/Didn't We
  73.   I Left Some Dreams Back There
  74.   Impersonation Medley: Here's to Life
  75.   Bluesette
  76.   Impersonation Medley: Lady Be Good
  77.   On the Inside
  78.   You Don't Know
  79.   I Should Have Told Him
  80.   The Friendliest Thing
  81.   Sexy Is a State of Mind
  82.   Save Your Love For Me
  83.   I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water
  84.   He Who Laughs Last
  85.   A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening
  86.   Beyond the Bedroom
  87.   Didin't I Tell You
  88.   The Ideal Man
  89.   The Island
  90.   Haven't We Met
  91.   The Way We Were
  92.   Shadows on the Wall
  93.   I Get Carried Away
  94.   A Song For You
  95.   Love Unconditional
  96.   Dreaming Wide Awake
  97.   Do You Still Dream About Me
  98.   Lonely Woman
  99.   'Round Midnight
  100.   Awaken My Lonely One
  101.   Blue Piano
  102.   How Can I Live Without My Life
  103.   Now Is the Time to Say Goodbye
  104.   The Easiest Way to Fall
  105.   I Hear Rumors
  106.   Impersonation Medley: C'est Si Bon
  107.   It's Yours to Have
  108.   We've Gotta Find a Way Back to Love
  109.   You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
  110.   Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry
  111.   I Cried for You
  112.   Once Upon a Summertime
  113.   We've Got to Find a Way Back to Love
  114.   Welcome To the Human Race
  115.   Freda Payne-He Who Laughs Last
  116.   Who Can I Turn To
  117.   See See Rider
  118.   It Don't Mean a Thing
  119.   Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most
  120.   More
  121.   Even If My Heart Could Break
  122.   On Broadway
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