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Minnie Ripperton Attacked by a Lion

Minnie Julia Riperton (November 8, 1947 – July 12, 1979) was an American singer-songwriter best known for her five-and-a-half octave vocal range and her 1975 single “Lovin’ You”.

Adventures in Paradise LP – KILLER! The key collaborators here, outside of Minnie’s songwriting husband Richard Rudolph, include keyboardist Joe Sample, guitarist Larry Carlton, saxophonist Tom Scott, and harpist Dorothy Ashby. The album’s three central songs were co-written with Leon Ware, who had come up with the Jackson 5’s “I Wanna Be Where You Are” and was on the brink of writing what would become the entirety of Marvin Gaye’s “I Want You” along with his own excellent “Musical Massage”. Each of the Riperton/Rudolph/Ware are aural sex — especially “Inside My Love” (a Top 30 R&B single), basically a hot swooning jam filled with “come to bed” like. If it weren’t for the supremely seductive innocence in Minnie’s voice, the words would likely fall flat in their directness (“You can see inside me/Will you come inside me?/Do you wanna ride inside my love?”) – anyways – check it….it’s killer… also check the video posted below which shows Minnie being attacked by the lion on the cover of the LP during the photo-shoot!

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minnie riperton - adventures in paradise (1975)

1.Baby, This Love I Have
2.Feelin’ That Your Feelin’s Right
3.When It Comes Down to It
4.Minnie’s Lament
5.Love and Its Glory
6.Adventures in Paradise
7.Inside My Love
8.Alone in Brewster Bay
9.Simple Things
10.Don’t Let Anyone Bring You Down

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