Marva Whitney – Ball Of Fire – King


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Marva Ann Manning was born on  1st May, 1944 in Kansas City, Kansas and started her career with her family’s gospel group The Manning Gospel Singers. At the age of 16 she joined the Alma Whitney Singers. By the mid 1960’s she had joined local group Tommy (Gadson) & The Derbys as their lead singer, leaving in 1967 to join the James Brown Revue as a featured vocalist, and releasing music under her own name on “King” records. In 1970 Marva joined the Isley Brothers “T Neck” records. Marva married Ellis Taylor of “Forte” records releasing further singles for the label, including “Daddy Don’t Know About Sugar Bear”, which was picked up for national distribution by Nashville’s “Excello” records. She retired from recording for several years making only local appearances in Kansas City,  returning to the studio in 1977 for a Forte single with her brother Melvin Manning. She divorced Taylor in 1977 and relocated to Los Angeles for the next fifteen years. In the early 1980s, she briefly joined a group, Coffee, Cream & Sugar, formed by singer Alfred “Pico” Payne and Mary Lou Flesh. Later in the 1980s, she started to perform regularly with former James Brown band. She returned to Kansas City and returned to her gospel roots. Marva sadly died on December 22nd, 2012. This disc has black marker and wear to the label, with light scuffs to the vinyl, whilst retaining gloss, conservatively graded in VG+ condition, worth checking the flip too

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