Real name: Minnie Julia Riperton
Effective period / Period of releases: 1971 - 2004Singer, songwriter, and recording artist. Possessed a five-octave vocal range, enabling her to sing in 'whistle register', famously demonstrated on her 1974 hit 'Lovin' You'.
Born: 8 November 1947 in Chicago, Illinois.
Died: 12 July 1979 (aged 31) in Los Angeles, California, of cancer.
She was married to Richard Rudolph and is the mother of actress and comedienne Maya Rudolph, and thus the mother-in-law to film director Paul Thomas Anderson.