Two Dope Boys Present: Minnie Riperton: Inside My Love

May 19, 2010

`If you don’t like this, then you hate music.  I remember listening to this as a little kid with my mother, who loved music and had it playing around the house.  I heard this and fell in love again with Hip-Hop. (Sorry B, there is room for both of you)

Yes, this was also used by Tribe Called Quest, but the original so so dope, that I had to play it again.  It just brought good feelings of growing up, my mother, and good times with the family. I think that the rain brought it on, but for that, I owe thanks…

With that, listen and learn some about Minnie Riperton.

Minnie Julia Riperton (November 8, 1947 – July 12, 1979) was an American singer-songwriter best known for her vocal range of more than five octaves[citation needed] and her 1975 single “Lovin’ You“. She was married to songwriter and music producer Richard Rudolph from 1968 until her death in 1979; they were the parents of music engineer Marc Rudolph and actress/comedienne Maya Rudolph.

Riperton grew up in poverty on Chicago’s southside. As a child Riperton studied music, drama, and dance at Chicago’s Lincoln Center. In her teen years, Riperton sang lead vocals for the Chicago-based girl group, The Gems. Her early affiliation with legendary Chess Records afforded her the opportunity to sing backup for various established artist such as Etta James, Fontella Bass, Ramsey Lewis, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, and Muddy Waters. While at Chess, Riperton also sang lead for the experimental rock/soul group Rotary Connection, from 1967 to 1971. In 1969 Riperton, along with Rotary Connection, played in the first Catholic Rock Mass at the Liturgical Conference National Convention, Milwaukee Arena, Milwaukee, WI. produced by James F. Colaianni. Riperton reached the apex of her short, but esteemed, career with her number-one hit single, “Lovin’ You”, on April 4, 1975. The single was the last release from her 1974 gold album entitled Perfect Angel.

In January 1976 Riperton was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a modified radical mastectomy.[1]. Though she was given just six months to live, she continued recording and touring, and in 1977 she became spokesperson for the American Cancer Society. Riperton was one of the first celebrities to go public with her breast cancer diagnosis, but did not disclose that she was terminally ill. In 1978, Riperton also received the prestigious Society’s Courage Award presented to her at the White House by then-President Jimmy Carter. She died at age 31 on July 12, 1979.[2][1]

So young, but your music will live forever.

3 Responses to “Two Dope Boys Present: Minnie Riperton: Inside My Love”

  1. tophatal said


    Ripperton’s loss was tragic ! As too was the recent loss of Lena Horne.

    I read where the reason why she (Horne) was black balled , was the fact that she’d refused to perform in front of US troops when (they) German prisoners of war were actually better seated and treated by the US military than they treated black soldiers during WWII . Another thing that still pisses me off when I hear Caucasians spill their bullshit ’bout let what happened in the past should stay in the past. I suppose the Tuskegee Airmen ought to feel the same way as well ?

    Alan Parkins

  2. Erik said

    this was “E’s song of the day” on February 10 of this year.

  3. tophatal said


    Either way it’s still good to appreciate ‘real talent’ and not the manufactured crap that we’re forced to digest today !

    Alan Parkins

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