Ruby Andrews - 1970 – Everybody Saw You
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Chicago soul singer Ruby Andrews scored her first hit in 1967 with “Casonova (Your Playing Days Are Over)” which rose to #9 on the US R&B charts. In 1970 she released the full length album “Everybody Saw You” which included an update to her first hit (Casanova 70) plus many strong R&B songs. The album has since gone on to near legendary status as one of the great lost soul albums of the early 1970s.
Ruby was associated with the group The Vondells (who recorded ‘Errand Boy’ and ‘Lenora’ in 1964 for Marvello Records), and was a night club dancer during her career. Recording under the name of Ruby Stackhouse, she released ‘Please Tell Me‘ b/w ‘Wishing‘ in 1965 for Kelmac. She later recorded at, the Chicago based, Ric Williams owned, Zodiac Records, from 1967 onwards. Her debut song for the label was called ”Let’s Get A Groove Going On‘, which was followed up with ‘Johnny’s Gone Away‘. The third single, the 1967 song ‘Casanova (Your Playing Days Are Over)‘ b/w ‘I Just Don’t Believe It‘, reached number 9 in the R&B charts, number 51 pop.
Successful follow-ups on Zodiac included ‘You Made a Believer (Out of Me)‘ b/w ‘Where Have You Gone?‘ (number 18 in the R&B charts and number 96 in the pop charts in 1969) and ‘Everybody Saw You‘ b/w ‘Can You Get Away‘ (number 34 in the R&B charts in 1970).
Ruby recorded for Zodiac between 1967 and 1973, releasing 16 singles and two albums. She released the album ‘Black Ruby‘ on Zodiac in 1972, which contained the Northern Soul favourite ‘Just Lovin’ You‘.
Many of the Zodiac recordings were produced and written by Fred Bridges, Robert Eaton and Richard Knight, who also wrote for the vocal group, Brothers Of Soul. Ruby left Zodiac in 1973 and relocated to ABC Records in 1976, remaining there until ABC folded the following year, the company burning much of the recorded product as a result. In 1977, Ruby released the album ‘Genuine Ruby‘ for the ABC, which featured the song ‘Merry Go Round‘ and ‘Queen Of The Disco‘. Ruby also recorded for Ichiban Records in California, with producer Swamp Dogg, in 1991 on the album ‘Kiss This‘. In 1993, she recorded a further song entitled ‘I Got What I Want At Home‘ b/w ‘To The Other Woman‘ for Ichiban.