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Robb_K (robb_k)
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Posted on Wednesday, September 15, 2004 - 5:22 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I remember something regarding this was discussed on a thread several months ago, but I don't remember if this was discussed, specifically. I apologise if this is duplication.

I was listening to "It's Too Late", by Wilson Pickett, the other day, and suddenly recognised the unmistakeable voices of Cissy Houston and Dee Dee Warwick, as his background singers. I know Robert Bateman ran those sessions in New York (even though lots of Detroit people were involved in the writing, and some in production. I know I heard Warwick/Houston/Drinkard voices. Maybe even Dionne was there too. But i didn't hear HER voice distinctly. But, I would swear I heard Dee Dee and Cissy. Does anyone here have the actual information on who were in the background group on that song, and the other Wilson Pickett's produced by Bateman for Double-L. I know the background girls on Pickett's Correc-Tone recording (also produced by Bateman), were the Supremes. The girl singers on some of the other Pickett Double -L cuts seemed to me as other NY artists, but I can't remember. I'm not near my 45s now, so can't listen to them.
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caliluv (caliluv)
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I've wondered for years who the female background female vocals were. I remember reading (I believe in Mary Wilson's first book) that the Primettes did some recording for Wilson Pickett and Don Covay around the time "I Found A Love" was recorded. I've listened to a few of the Primettes/Supremes earlier songs and to me they do sound the same as the vocalists on Wilson Pickett's Double L recordings. It sure would be nice indeed to know who the background vocals were.
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Reese (reese)
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I remember reading somewhere that Cissy did background vocals on both Solomon Burke's and Wilson Pickett's versions of IF YOU NEED ME.
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Robb_K (robb_k)
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Posted on Thursday, September 16, 2004 - 5:04 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Reese: believe that "If You Need Me" was recorded in the same session as "It's Too Late". So, that may be answering my question.

Caliluv: Wison Pickett's "Let Me Be Your Boy" and its flip on Correc-Tone surely had The Supremes as back ups. They were recorded in 1962, so there were no "Primettes" any more, by that time. The Supremes likely were cash poor, and wanted to make moonighting money with Correc-Tone, as Motown Management manged their "official" earnings.

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