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Thread started 09/03/04 11:07am

blackguitaristz

Blacks Singers That You Thought Were White

Have there ever been songs you heard where it was a black singer and you thought they were white? Here are some of mine:

Get Right Back To Where We Started From - Maxine Nightingale
Lead Me On - Maxine Nightingale
Drift Away - Dobie Gray
Boys Are Back In Town- Thin Lizzy/Phil Lynot
Soft And Wet- Prince (This was before I had the album and never had seen Prince. I thought it was a white girl singing.)
Love/Arthur Lee (all of their stuff)
Who is it for you?
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Reply #1 posted 09/03/04 11:15am

sallysassalot

i don't know the name of the song or the name of the singer (though i think she's dead, if tat helps) but there is a song with lyrics like "loving you...la la la la la, la la la la la, la la la la la la la la la...ooooohhhhh, oooooh!"

lol

i know that doesn't help too much but, anyway, i though it was a white woman.
Reply #2 posted 09/03/04 11:17am

aikam

sallysassalot said:

i don't know the name of the song or the name of the singer (though i think she's dead, if tat helps) but there is a song with lyrics like "loving you...la la la la la, la la la la la, la la la la la la la la la...ooooohhhhh, oooooh!"

lol

i know that doesn't help too much but, anyway, i though it was a white woman.

Minnie Riperton "Loving You"??
Ohhh you keep saying stay the niiiiiiiiight
Just let me rock you 'til the morning liiiiiiight
It's cold outside
And much too late to driiiiiiiive
You know I need you baby
I'm so lost without your love
Mariah Carey - Stay The Night music
Reply #3 posted 09/03/04 11:18am

sallysassalot

aikam said:

sallysassalot said:

i don't know the name of the song or the name of the singer (though i think she's dead, if tat helps) but there is a song with lyrics like "loving you...la la la la la, la la la la la, la la la la la la la la la...ooooohhhhh, oooooh!"

lol

i know that doesn't help too much but, anyway, i though it was a white woman.

Minnie Riperton "Loving You"??

that's it! minnie riperton...i thought her first name was minnie but i wasn't sure. thanks!
Reply #4 posted 09/03/04 11:22am

aikam

sallysassalot said:

aikam said:


Minnie Riperton "Loving You"??

that's it! minnie riperton...i thought her first name was minnie but i wasn't sure. thanks!

no problem wink. She died of cancer years ago, her daughter Maya Rudolph is a regular on Saturday Night Live (one of her characters is Donatella Versace). I have'nt heard Loving You in awhile but I believe she singing Maya Maya at the end.
Ohhh you keep saying stay the niiiiiiiiight
Just let me rock you 'til the morning liiiiiiight
It's cold outside
And much too late to driiiiiiiive
You know I need you baby
I'm so lost without your love
Mariah Carey - Stay The Night music
Reply #5 posted 09/03/04 11:24am

sallysassalot

aikam said:

sallysassalot said:


that's it! minnie riperton...i thought her first name was minnie but i wasn't sure. thanks!

no problem wink. She died of cancer years ago, her daughter Maya Rudolph is a regular on Saturday Night Live (one of her characters is Donatella Versace). I have'nt heard Loving You in awhile but I believe she singing Maya Maya at the end.

i never knew maya rudolph was her daughter...she's practically the only funny one on the show! well, her and the guy who does the brian fellows bit, lol.
Reply #6 posted 09/03/04 11:30am

aikam

sallysassalot said:

aikam said:


no problem wink. She died of cancer years ago, her daughter Maya Rudolph is a regular on Saturday Night Live (one of her characters is Donatella Versace). I have'nt heard Loving You in awhile but I believe she singing Maya Maya at the end.

i never knew maya rudolph was her daughter...she's practically the only funny one on the show! well, her and the guy who does the brian fellows bit, lol.

yep that's her, she also used to be on City Of Angels (great TV show they took off the air too soon mad). I honestly don't watch Saturday Night Live as much as I used to. I'm a Mad TV fan.
Ohhh you keep saying stay the niiiiiiiiight
Just let me rock you 'til the morning liiiiiiight
It's cold outside
And much too late to driiiiiiiive
You know I need you baby
I'm so lost without your love
Mariah Carey - Stay The Night music
Reply #7 posted 09/03/04 11:35am

sallysassalot

aikam said:

sallysassalot said:


i never knew maya rudolph was her daughter...she's practically the only funny one on the show! well, her and the guy who does the brian fellows bit, lol.

yep that's her, she also used to be on City Of Angels (great TV show they took off the air too soon mad). I honestly don't watch Saturday Night Live as much as I used to. I'm a Mad TV fan.

mad tv is so much better! dixie wetworth and my black mama were the funniest skits...oh, and the whole 'owered expectations thing cracked me up every time, lol! yeah, i never watch snl anymore. the last time i watched was the janet jackson host/performer episode.
Reply #8 posted 09/03/04 11:43am

aikam

sallysassalot said:

aikam said:


yep that's her, she also used to be on City Of Angels (great TV show they took off the air too soon mad). I honestly don't watch Saturday Night Live as much as I used to. I'm a Mad TV fan.

mad tv is so much better! dixie wetworth and my black mama were the funniest skits...oh, and the whole 'owered expectations thing cracked me up every time, lol! yeah, i never watch snl anymore. the last time i watched was the janet jackson host/performer episode.

that's the last time I saw it too lol (that was acutally the first time in years i watched it). I watch the older episodes of Mad TV on Comedy Central too. I love Stuart, Ms. Swan, the lady that scratches her throat when she talks - I can't think of her name right now but she has me in tears/bent over laughing. I remember one episode when she and her whole family went camping and they all stepped out of the trailer one by one making that noise with their throats...there was at least 20-25 family members lol. There are so many funny characters and skits, I love that show biggrin
Ohhh you keep saying stay the niiiiiiiiight
Just let me rock you 'til the morning liiiiiiight
It's cold outside
And much too late to driiiiiiiive
You know I need you baby
I'm so lost without your love
Mariah Carey - Stay The Night music
Reply #9 posted 09/03/04 12:09pm

okaypimpn

Ashitty, Tracy Chapman and Darius Rucker are the only two that seem to come to mind.
Reply #10 posted 09/03/04 12:23pm

ThreadCula

Heather Headley


"I wish I wasnt in love in love with you"

"Nobody makes me bleed my own blood...NOBODY!"
johnart says: "I'm THE shit"
Reply #11 posted 09/03/04 12:24pm

okaypimpn

ThreadCula said:

Heather Headley


"I wish I wasnt in love in love with you"



Isn't that her boyfriend or husband? She looks like a jacked-up Brandy in that pic.
Reply #12 posted 09/03/04 12:26pm

ThreadCula

okaypimpn said:

ThreadCula said:

Heather Headley


"I wish I wasnt in love in love with you"



Isn't that her boyfriend or husband? She looks like a jacked-up Brandy in that pic.


thats her husband
LOL...she sure does look like a messed Brandy there
"Nobody makes me bleed my own blood...NOBODY!"
johnart says: "I'm THE shit"
Reply #13 posted 09/03/04 12:40pm

blackguitaristz

okaypimpn said:

Ashitty, Tracy Chapman and Darius Rucker are the only two that seem to come to mind.

Darius, bingo! I started to mention him in the thread, but I was curious if someone else out there was alive and mention it on their own.
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Reply #14 posted 09/03/04 12:53pm

aikam

ThreadCula said:

Heather Headley


"I wish I wasnt in love in love with you"


Heather Headley...that's interesting.
Ohhh you keep saying stay the niiiiiiiiight
Just let me rock you 'til the morning liiiiiiight
It's cold outside
And much too late to driiiiiiiive
You know I need you baby
I'm so lost without your love
Mariah Carey - Stay The Night music
Reply #15 posted 09/03/04 1:10pm

UptownDeb


  • Shirley Bassey (I think she's black)
  • Phoebe Snow (I'm still not sure what she is)
  • Vickie Sue Robinson (biracial?)
  • Lorraine Johnson --"Feed the Flame" (There's a white woman on one of her album covers, but I think she's black)
  • Clint Holmes --"My Name is Michael" (Biracial)
Reply #16 posted 09/03/04 1:24pm

VinnyM27

I thought that MisTeeq, who sings that somewhat new song "Scandalous", a black British group, was Chirstine Aquerlia or that one girl that sampled "Family Affair".
Reply #17 posted 09/03/04 1:28pm

Redayh

When I first heard 'Cult of Personality' by Living Colour, I thought they were white.
Filthy cute and baby U know it
Reply #18 posted 09/03/04 1:29pm

blackguitaristz

Redayh said:

When I first heard 'Cult of Personality' by Living Colour, I thought they were white.

Very good pick.
SynthiaRose said "I'm in love with blackguitaristz. Especially when he talks about Hendrix."
nammie "What BGZ says I believe. I have the biggest crush on him."
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Reply #19 posted 09/03/04 3:35pm

blackguitaristz

okaypimpn said:

ThreadCula said:

Heather Headley


"I wish I wasnt in love in love with you"



Isn't that her boyfriend or husband? She looks like a jacked-up Brandy in that pic.

I'm not hip to Heather. But she does look like a roughed up Brandy. That's cold pimp.
SynthiaRose said "I'm in love with blackguitaristz. Especially when he talks about Hendrix."
nammie "What BGZ says I believe. I have the biggest crush on him."
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Reply #20 posted 09/03/04 3:57pm

Supernova

Somebody is just bound to take this thread the wrong way.


Back when "Take Your Time" was released I thought the SOS Band was White.
This post not for the wimp contingent. All whiny wusses avert your eyes.
Reply #21 posted 09/03/04 4:01pm

vainandy

When I first heard "Strawberry Letter 23" by the Brothers Johnson, I thought it was a white group.
Andy is a four letter word.
Reply #22 posted 09/03/04 4:04pm

blackguitaristz

vainandy said:

When I first heard "Strawberry Letter 23" by the Brothers Johnson, I thought it was a white group.

Damn! No way. How?
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Reply #23 posted 09/03/04 4:23pm

LoveAlive

For years, I thought Prince was white...I was one of those narrowed minded African Americans that thought that black people didnt make rock music aka white people music
Reply #24 posted 09/03/04 4:29pm

vainandy

blackguitaristz said:

vainandy said:

When I first heard "Strawberry Letter 23" by the Brothers Johnson, I thought it was a white group.

Damn! No way. How?


Hey, what can I say? I was very young and the disco era had a lot of white and black artists. Their voices sounded white to me at the time. This was also the first Brothers Johnson song I ever heard also. By the time "Stomp" came out, I knew better. biggrin
Andy is a four letter word.
Reply #25 posted 09/03/04 6:06pm

SynthiaRose

When i was little and I heard the oldie "Twist and Shout" I had no idea that it was by a black group (the Isley Brothers).
Reply #26 posted 09/03/04 7:02pm

theAudience

After hearing Hey Joe for the 1st time, I had no idea Jimi Hendrix was black.
A few weeks later I purchased the single and saw his picture on the record sleeve.



Messed me up for life. sad


(just kidding) cool

tA

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Reply #27 posted 09/03/04 7:51pm

heybaby

aikam said:

sallysassalot said:


that's it! minnie riperton...i thought her first name was minnie but i wasn't sure. thanks!

no problem wink. She died of cancer years ago, her daughter Maya Rudolph is a regular on Saturday Night Live (one of her characters is Donatella Versace). I have'nt heard Loving You in awhile but I believe she singing Maya Maya at the end.

she is. biggrin
Reply #28 posted 09/05/04 4:13pm

RealMusician

Anything by Charley Pride or Aaron Neville
Reply #29 posted 09/06/04 1:11am

paligap

Johnny Nash - ("I Can See Clearly Now" and in the 60's, "The Mighty Hercules" cartoon theme song - even though, on this one, he really sounds like Johnny Mathis, now that I think about it...)
" I've got six things on my mind --you're no longer one of them." - Paddy McAloon, Prefab Sprout
Reply #30 posted 09/06/04 2:24am

ZeemanUK

Michael Jackson from the Dangerous Album onwards. I i knew he was black but i reckon he was acting white and still is. But i suppose it doesnt matter if your Black or White. Still respect goes to the man Musical icon of the 21st century along with Prince hehehehehe
Reply #31 posted 09/07/04 5:01am

DavidEye

"Electric Avenue" by Eddy Grant (1983) [/b]
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Reply #32 posted 09/07/04 5:23am

PAPAROBBIE

Maxine Nitingale is WHITE...She's a British gal....I saw her on a PBS special about a year ago.
We run tings, tings nah run we....

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Reply #33 posted 09/07/04 5:29am

DavidEye

PAPAROBBIE said:

Maxine Nitingale is WHITE...She's a British gal....I saw her on a PBS special about a year ago.


Nope,she's a light-skinned black lady.She had two big hits in the 70s...

"Right Back Where We Started From" (1976)
"Lead Me On" (1979)

I even have a picture of her from the 70s and she has a short 'fro lol
Reply #34 posted 09/07/04 7:59am

jackflash

Chuck Berry (was thought to be an "Elvis in reverse")
*****************************************
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Reply #35 posted 09/07/04 8:03am

blackguitaristz

DavidEye said:

PAPAROBBIE said:

Maxine Nitingale is WHITE...She's a British gal....I saw her on a PBS special about a year ago.


Nope,she's a light-skinned black lady.She had two big hits in the 70s...

"Right Back Where We Started From" (1976)
"Lead Me On" (1979)

I even have a picture of her from the 70s and she has a short 'fro lol

Yeah, she was the first person I mentioned in my thread.
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Reply #36 posted 09/07/04 10:43am

Harlepolis

Back as a baby, when I 1st saw Mariah Carey, I thought she was a FEMALE MJ(A black turned white chic).
Reply #37 posted 09/07/04 1:57pm

Hotlegs

Febe Dobson
Reply #38 posted 09/07/04 2:01pm

jamaulredmond

Living Colour and and the lead singer of Hootie
Reply #39 posted 09/07/04 6:40pm

lezama

Don't know about any Black singer's I thought were white off the top of my head but one white singer I always thought was black is Laura Nyro. My friend made me a tape way back when people still had tape players of her song "Eli's Coming"... and I coulda sworn she was a black soul singer. I've been hooked over since.
Change it one more time..
Reply #40 posted 09/07/04 7:06pm

heartbeatocean

What about all those white women in musical films of the '30s & '40s whose voices are really dubbed in black women? Who are not even listed in the credits!!! Quite a few "legendary" movie stars got their success walking on the backs of black women.
Reply #41 posted 09/07/04 8:59pm

Dewrede

theAudience said:[quote]After hearing Hey Joe for the 1st time, I had no idea Jimi Hendrix was black.



R u deaf or somethin"!!!!!
Reply #42 posted 09/07/04 11:27pm

yasetshego

blackguitaristz said:

Have there ever been songs you heard where it was a black singer and you thought they were white? Here are some of mine:

Get Right Back To Where We Started From - Maxine Nightingale
Lead Me On - Maxine Nightingale
Drift Away - Dobie Gray
Boys Are Back In Town- Thin Lizzy/Phil Lynot
Soft And Wet- Prince (This was before I had the album and never had seen Prince. I thought it was a white girl singing.)
Love/Arthur Lee (all of their stuff)
Who is it for you?



Anything by Charley Pride, or Aaron Neville.
"Ain' nobody BAAAAAAAD like Meeeee!" c. Morris Day

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