Barbara English “Tell Me Like It Is” (Reprise 349-B, 1965)

Barbara English “Tell Me Like It Is” (Reprise 349-B, 1965) We bring Leo Ladies to a close with perhaps the most obscure that we’ve featured. From influential Girl Group Member, to Brill Building Demo Queen to One-Off Soul LP of the 70’s, Barbara Jean English did a little bit of everything in the realm of…

The Toys “My Love Sonata” (Philips 40456, 1967)

The Toys “My Love Sonata” (Philips 40456, 1967) It’s one more day of double the Leo Lady, as the main lead singer of The Toys, Barbara Harris, celebrates her 70th Birthday this August 18th. Their “A Lover’s Concerto” caught the ears of the pop buying world by storm (and The Supremes off guard, totally recognizing…

Maxine Brown “Seems You’ve Forsaken My Love” (Epic 5-10334, 1968)

Maxine Brown “Seems You’ve Forsaken My Love” (Epic 5-10334, 1968) We’re starting to wind down on the number of Lionesses of Sixties Soul with our Lady Leos. Today we sit down with my absolute favorite under the radiant sign, Maxine Brown. For nearly 60 years, Maxine Brown has blazed an under-appreciated path through soul music…

Ketty Lester “Love Me Just A Little Bit” (Tower 208-B, 1966)

Ketty Lester “Love Me Just A Little Bit” (Tower 208-B, 1966) Talented and Sultry, Ketty Lester is one of the ultimate Lady Leos of Soul. Despite having only one major hit record, she was able to purvey her talents on multiple mediums normally closed off to African American women in the 1960s. Recording and hit…

The Chiffons “Easy To Love (So Hard To Get)” (Laurie 3224, 1964)

The Chiffons “Easy To Love (So Hard To Get)” (Laurie 3224, 1964) Our next Leading Lady Leo is one of the many that was gracious enough to share the spotlight with fellow group members. Although her voice dominates the biggest hits The Chiffons had, Judy Craig shared lead duties with Sylvia Peterson on the slew of classics,…