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Freda Charcelia Payne (born September 19, 1942 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American singer and actress.Read More...
As a teenager, she attended the Institute of Musical Arts; she soon began singing radio commercial jingles and took part in (and won many of) local TV and radio talent shows. In 1963, she moved to New York City and worked with many different singers including Quincy Jones, Pearl Bailey, and Bill Cosby. During that same year, her debut album (of jazz), After the Lights Go Down Low and Much More!!!, was released on the Impulse! label. Three years later, she released her second album of jazz, How Do You Say I Don't Love You Anymore, for MGM Records.
In 1969, her old friends back home in Detroit, Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, and Edward Holland, Jr., persuaded her to sign with their newly-formed record label Invictus. During that same year, her first Invictus single, "Unhooked Generation" (a minor R&B hit), was released. Shortly thereafter, songwriters Edythe Wayne and Ron Dunbar offered her a song entitled "Band of Gold". Almost immediately, in early 1970, the song became an instant pop smash reaching #3 in the US and #1 in the UK; it also gave Payne her first gold record. An album of the same name proved to be fairly successful as well. Other Invictus singles included "Deeper and Deeper", "You Brought the Joy", and the Vietnam protest song "Bring the Boys Home" (#12, 1971; her second gold record). Her other Invictus albums were Contact (1971), The Best of Freda Payne (1972, a compilation which included four new, unissued songs), and her last Invictus album Reaching Out (1973).
Top SongsTotal plays on Last.fm over the last 6 months
- LyricsNow that you're gone, all that's left is a band of gold
All that's left of the dreams I hold
Is a band of gold and the memories of what love could be
If you were still here with me
You took me from the shelter of a mother
- Unhooked Generation - 21,152 plays
- Bring The Boys Home - 11,003 plays
- Band Of Gold (Single Mix) - 8,534 plays
- I Get High - 6,589 plays
- The Easiest Way To Fall - 4,805 plays
- Deeper And Deeper - 4,243 plays
- The Unhooked Generation - 4,063 plays
- Band Of Gold (Re-Recorded / Remastered) - 2,364 plays
- We’ve Gotta Find A Way Back to Love - 2,241 plays