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One Hit Wonders - MINNIE RIPERTON (1975)
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Music Video/Song

"Lovin You" by Minnie Riperton - 


Riperton wrote this with her husband, Richard Rudolph. Maya Rudolph of Saturday Night Live is their daughter, and Riperton mentions her in the lyrics. In the end, she sings "Ma-ah-aha-aha-ah-ya."
 
Riperton worked with Stevie Wonder as a backup singer, and Stevie produced this track for her. Due to contractual obligations, Wonder's name could not appear on the credits, so he's listed as "Black Bull Productions" (Wonder's zodiac sign is Taurus, thus the bull).
 
Around 2000, this was featured in 2 commercials that gave it a renewed popularity. It was used in a Burger King commercial as well as a spot for Visa. In the Visa commercial, the guy in charge of music during Pittsburgh Steelers football games tries to buy "Who Let The Dogs Out," but is denied because the music store won't take his check. Since he doesn't have a Visa check card, he is forced to play this during the game, which does not go over well with the players or crowd.
 
Riperton died of cancer in 1979 at age 31. While this was her only hit, she was held in high regard in the music community.
 
This was featured in the 1997 movie Vegas Vacation. Vegas superstar Wayne Newton sings it with Beverly D'Angelo at one of his shows.
 
Eddie Murphy's character sings this in the movie The Nutty Professor. The high-pitched "wailing" part at the end of the chorus is performed by a crude comedian (played by Dave Chapelle), who lets out a cry of pain as he has his fingers crushed in a piano by Murphy, as part of an attempt to shut him up and appease the crowd he has been tormenting with mean jokes at a comedy club.

http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=2496%20Lovin%27%20You%20by%20Minnie%20Riperton

Billboard Top 10 Songs of 1975

1 Captain and Tennille Love Will Keep Us Together
2 Glen Campbell Rhinestone Cowboy
3 Elton John Philadelphia Freedom
4 Freddy Fender Before The Next Teardrop Falls
5 Frankie Valli My Eyes Adored You
6 Earth, Wind and Fire Shining Star
7 David Bowie Fame
8 Neil Sedaka Laughter In The Rain
9 Eagles One Of These Nights
10 John Denver Thank God I'm A Country Boy

13 Minnie Riperton Lovin' You

| Closed on 08/17/13 at 05:00PM
FanIQ Pts? No | Locker Room, Music | Multiple Choice Opinion Poll
8 Fans 
13%a. 10 (Loved that song)
25%b. 7-9 (Liked that song)
50%c. 5-6 (Song was ok)
0%d. Who? What? Huh?
13%e. That song hurts my ears.....and breaks glass!

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#1 | 360 days ago
Nick__ (+)

(Edited by Nick__)
Gotta love the 70's!   How many people could pull off wearing baby's breath in their hair?  laugh

I had no idea that Maya Rudolph is her daughter!   After reading that she was and then watching that video, most definitely!  You can see Maya's features in Minnie!  Very cool!   yes

Very sad that Minnie passed away at age 31 from cancer!  Way too young! frown


7-9 (Liked that song)  
  
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#1 | 360 days ago
Nick__ (+)

(Edited by Nick__)
Gotta love the 70's!   How many people could pull off wearing baby's breath in their hair?  laugh

I had no idea that Maya Rudolph is her daughter!   After reading that she was and then watching that video, most definitely!  You can see Maya's features in Minnie!  Very cool!   yes

Very sad that Minnie passed away at age 31 from cancer!  Way too young! frown


7-9 (Liked that song)  
#2 | 360 days ago

Hurt my ears to hear the high notes, but when I hear that song, I don't have to turn it off.
7-9 (Liked that song)  
#3 | 360 days ago

A devastating loss to the undustry at such an early age and one of the most iconic voices of all time. When any artist range is tested, described or judge its always compared to Minnie, I may diasgree about the one hit wonder but this was her biggest!!!!!!

My teenage theme song:

I'm young willing and able,,,,,,,,to make you come aprt at the seams
I'm young willing and able,,,,,,,think of me as peaches and cream
Just step up to my table,,,,,,,,,,I'm serving up a hunk of your dreams
Cause I'm young willing and able,,,,,,,,baby you know what I mean


Just say yoiu want me to,,,, and I'll supply for you
Bout all the love your little heart desires
And if you need a friend you can count on me in
What's more more I'm able to light your fires

Im young willing and able,,,,, too hot to trot
I'm young willing and able,,,,What you want is what I got
Just hook up to my cable,,,,if what it is, is what you thought
Cause I'm young willing and able,,,,,and baby I'm getting hot!!!!


RIP!!!!! - She will be constantly imitated but never duplicated!!!!!
10 (Loved that song)  
#4 | 360 days ago

Nick__ wrote:
Gotta love the 70's!   How many people could pull off wearing baby's breath in their hair?  laugh

I had no idea that Maya Rudolph is her daughter!   After reading that she was and then watching that video, most definitely!  You can see Maya's features in Minnie!  Very cool!   yes

Very sad that Minnie passed away at age 31 from cancer!  Way too young! frown


I bet her and her goddaughter Teena are having a ball together in the after life!!!
10 (Loved that song)  
#5 | 360 days ago

This song makes me think of South Park. There is an early episode where that high note triggers a bomb that blows up a horse.
#6 | 360 days ago

Maya Rudolph may not be a 10 in most guys eyes, but something about her has me feeling like a junior high kid having his first crushheart
5-6 (Song was ok)  
#7 | 355 days ago

Lobotomy Jones wrote:
This song makes me think of South Park. There is an early episode where that high note triggers a bomb that blows up a horse.
It makes me think of 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oa1YsrQoCf0
5-6 (Song was ok)  

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