Label: Wand - 663 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Mono • Country: US • Genre: Funk / Soul • Style: Soul, Rhythm & Blues
Maxine Brown began singing as a child, performing with two New York based gospel groups Its Gonna Be Alright - Maxine Brown - Spotlight On Maxine Brown the Angelairs and the Royaltones when she was a teenager. Brown was poised to become a star and she moved to the bigger ABC-Paramount inbut left the label after an unsuccessful year and recording several non-chart singles for the label, and signed to the New York-based uptown soul label, Wand Recordsa Scepter Records subsidiary, in Brown recorded a string of sizable hits for Wand over the next three years.
All backing vocals for Maxine's records were performed by Cissy Houston and the Sweet Inspirations Invocation To Mr.
Parker - Archie Shepp - Attica Blues same group that backed Elvis Presley[ citation needed ] plus emerging writer-producers Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson. Hoping to increase the line of hits for Maxine and her singing partner, Chuck JacksonAshford and Simpson took their song catalog to Scepter Records looking for a deal. When they were turned down, the couple approached Berry Gordy at Motown Records who immediately hired them. A spell with Avco Records followed, but her later recordings generally met with little commercial success.
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