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60s Soul: Patti Drew

October 7, 2010

Patti Drew began her singing career as lead singer of the Drew-vels, which included her sisters Lorraine and Erma and bass vocalist Carlton Black. Drew grew up in Nashville TN and later moved with her family to the Chicago suburb of Evanston Ill.
All of her work is features top notch production and her voice is pure soul. I can’t get enough of this woman.

From 1964:

MP3: Drew-Vels- It’s My Time

1968:

MP3: Patti Drew- Tell Him

Here’s her cover of track written by Otis Redding and covered more recently by the Black Crowes. From 1968:

MP3: Patti Drew- Hard To Handle

Patti Drew left the music industry in 1971 and apparently still lives in the Evanston area. Here’s hoping she decides to hit the road one last time.

Here’s an unrelated but very similar track from 1963 that sounds a lot like Drew. I can’t find a bit of information about the band except that they had a couple minor hits on Laurie Records:

MP3: The Charmers- Shy Guy

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One comment

  1. Her voice is fluid, like Cleo Laine. I tend to favor a bit of “roughness” or “quirk” in a voice–but, as far as “dead-on” goes–Drew is smooth. Thanks for sharing a little of her bio and the tunes; nice pick! Wave



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