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 Post Posted: Sun May 31, 2009 1:37 am 
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I think people tend to forget about how good Syreeta Wright's voice really was, I suppose you can put that down to the fact that she did'nt have a lot of commercial success like her fellow Motown artist's...Was just listening to her duet with Billy Preston "With You I'm Born Again"...call me a sentimental old fool but that ballad kicks ass!...So let's take a little time to check out her history.....

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Syreeta was born Rita Wright in Pittsburgh, PA. As a teenager, she moved with her family to Detroit, where she first came into contact with Motown Records, working for the company initially as a secretary. After Wright caught the attention of songwriter/producer Brian Holland (of Holland-Dozier-Holland), she was signed to the label. Her first single, "I Can't Give Back the Love I Feel for You", (written by Holland along with Ashford and Simpson) was released in 1968. The song was written for Diana Ross & The Supremes, who later recorded it after the release of Syreeta's original. The single failed to chart nationally, but fared well overseas, where she would later develop a devoted following.

Wright married Stevie Wonder in 1970. Although the union was ultimately short-lived, Wonder helped Wright develop her skills as a songwriter, and their artistic collaboration continued after their divorce. Songs composed by Wonder and Wright together included Wonder's "If You Really Love Me," "Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)" and The Spinners' "It's a Shame". Additionally, Syreeta's own "Spinnin' and Spinnin'" and "Your Kiss Is Sweet" were also Wonder/Wright compositions.

Syreeta's own success as a performer was limited. She released multiple albums throughout the 1970's, often working with Wonder. Unfortunately, scoring a pop hit proved elusive, although there were occasional minor R&B hits, including the Wonder-penned "Harmour Love" (#75, 1975), which also featured Wonder on background vocals. "Harmour Love" found new popularity decades later when it was featured prominently in the film Junebug.

Syreeta finally had a pop hit with 1980's "With You I'm Born Again," a duet with Billy Preston. The single reached the Pop Top 5 and became a huge AC hit. Following this, she recorded a full album with Preston and had a moderate R&B hit with "Quick Slick" (#41, 1982) while continuing to write for artists such as Patrice Rushen. In 1985, Wright recorded theme to the film The Last Dragon, "First Time on a Ferris Wheel", a duet with Smokey Robinson. By the end of the decade Syreeta had retired from full-time music work to devote more time to personal life and family, but she retained a loyal following, especially with the UK's Northern Soul enthusiasts

Syreeta Wright died on July 6, 2004 of congestive heart failure, which she acquired as a side effect of chemotherapy and radiation treatments she was receiving for an ongoing bout with breast and bone cancers. She was 57 years old.

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Singles
1967: "I Can't Give Back the Love I Feel for You"
1972: "To Know You is to Love You"
1972: "I Love Every Little Thing About You"
1974: "Come and Get This Stuff"
1974: "I'm Goin' Left"
1974: "Spining & Spinning" - UK #49
1975: "Your Kiss is Sweet" - UK #12
1977: "Harmour Love" (#75 R&B, UK #32)
1977: "Let's Make a Deal" (w/G.C. Cameron) (#40 Club)
1979: "With You I'm Born Again" (w/Billy Preston) (#4 Hot 100; #86 R&B; UK #2)
1980: "One More Time for Love" (w/Billy Preston) (#52 Hot 100; #72 R&B)
1980: "It Will Come in Time" (w/Billy Preston) (UK #47)
1981: "You Set My Love in Motion"
1981: "Can't Shake My Love"
1982: "Quick Slick" (#41 R&B)

Albums
1972: Syreeta
1974: Stevie Wonder Presents: Syreeta
1977: One To One
1977: Rich Love Poor Love with G.C. Cameron
1980: Syreeta
1981: Set My Love In Motion
1981: Billy Preston & Syreeta
1983: The Spell

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 Post Posted: Sun May 31, 2009 9:58 am 
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Thanks Soul-Boy for this nice write-up on Syreeta !

So much I didn't know about her !!

I just love her Disco 12":
"Can't Shake Your Love"

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 Post Posted: Sun May 31, 2009 6:22 pm 
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Nice write up! This woman had some lungs!!! But, she never really got the hit she deserved.

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 Post subject: Re: SYREETA
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your right, she was (IS) great!

and...I would say among the top 5 female singers of motown during her career, what do you think?

I've never heard the duet album with GC Cameron. I been tryin' to track that one down for awhile now! All the other albums are excellent along with the Smokey duet and other extras I've heard from her.

One of the best in my book and could throw down any style Soul, Funk or Disco with ease!


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Skyyjammer wrote:
your right, she was (IS) great!

and...I would say among the top 5 female singers of motown during her career, what do you think?



Could not agree with you more Skyyjammer......Spot On!

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 Post subject: Re: SYREETA
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anyone mind sharing their syreeta albums with me?

some of mine are all warped out :P


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Skyyjammer wrote:
anyone mind sharing their syreeta albums with me?

some of mine are all warped out :P


Try these links for size Skyyjammer..Let me know if you got em'...

http://rapidshare.com/files/250085075/B ... yreeta.rar | 57477 KB

http://rapidshare.com/files/65622965/Fa ... _1979_.bad | 40521 KB

http://www.mediafire.com/?cyl04mqnay4

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Discoguy wrote:
Thanks Soul-Boy for this nice write-up on Syreeta !

So much I didn't know about her !!

I just love her Disco 12":
"Can't Shake Your Love"

// Discoguy


Hey Soul Boy!
I have to agree with Disco Guy. There's only 2 of her singles that I remember from way back.. Spinnin', and His Kiss Is Sweet; both of these were too sugary for my taste. But I only discovered Can't Shake Your Love recently, and I have played it non-stop ever since! This track is both unusual in the way it is structured, and also showcases Syreeta's vocal ability perfectly.

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