Madeline Bell – 1968 – I’m Gonna Make You Love Me
Brothers and sisters, here is one of the best and respected (session) vocalists ever.
You can not imagine in how many hits, great songs and albums she is behind.
Madeline did back up for Dusty Sprinfield, and Dusty did background vocals (almost sounding duet-ish) on Madeline’s “I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME”, her 3rd album but the first one to US.
Did you know that she took part in the amazing “With A Little Help From My Friends” with Joe Cocker, “You can’t always get what you want” with The Rolling Stones, “Every Picture Tells a Story” with Rod Stewart or “Power to the People” with John Lennon and Phil Spector, to name a few classics? Madeline also provided exhilarating vocal backing for Cliff Richard, Tom Jones, Scott Walker, Long John Baldry, Elton John, Donna Summer and many more singers too numerous to mention.
An American singer transplanted to the mod UK scene of the 60s, where she really flourished in a rich career of hit singles, endless session work, and later fame with the group Blue Mink.
This is a @320 Vinyl rip of the original Phillips Record LP including covers. A rare one, never reissued and never released on CD. You can buy an original US copy here.
A1. I’m Gonna Make You Love Me 2.54
A2. What the World Needs Now Is Love 2.50
A3. Climb Ev’ry Mountain 2.16
A4. Mercy, Mercy, Mercy 3.01
A5. One Step at a Time 2.09
A6. Last One to Be Loved 2.58
B1. Picture Me Gone 2.55
B2. I’m Gonna Leave You 2.59
B3. Can’t Get Used to Losing You 2.23
B4. Mr. Dream Merchant 2.41
B5. Baby I’ll Come Right Away 2.17
Madeline Bell first emerged in the mid-60s as confidant and chief backup singer to Dusty Springfield. At times their voices sounded uncannily alike, and, lifted in harmony, it was hard to figure out who was who. Bell went on to do a couple of solo LPs on which Dusty obligingly sang background, both a melange of uptown soul and show tunes, and had a sizeable hit with “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me,” nowadays better known in the chart-topping Diana Ross and The Supremes and The Temptations version. Bell re-surfaced a few years later as the leader of European pop band, Blue Mink, which was very popular internationally for a couple of years before shifting away from the limelight for many years and settling in The Netherlands.
As perhaps the pre-eminent session singer of the past forty years, her instantly recognizable, warm and soulful tones have been floating across radio, television, film soundtracks, the internet and beyond for as long as anyone can remember. Today, with a second career as an internationally respected jazz vocalist, she is worthy of diva status. That’s a fact. Though she is by birth an American, Madeline Bell is truly a national treasure. Coupling tremendous material with sympathetic production, her body of work in the 1960’s has been criminally overlooked. These superlative recordings reveal a singer with enviable control, confidence and power; not to mention a range that runs the gamut from a seductive velvety purr to a full-throated gospel vibrato, from the sophisticated sob of a Dionne to the raw emotion of an Aretha. Based on the evidence presented here, if you had to use one word to describe Madeline Bell, it can only be authentic.
Read the story of “I’m gonna Make You Love Me” song here.
Listen up Madeline performing the killer “Picture Me Gone”. Yes!!!! Dusty is doing the backing vocals. What a tune!!!!
This post is dedicated to all these great session female vocalists of the sixties – Vicki Brown, Doris Troy, Kiki Dee, Lesley Duncan, Kaye Garner and of course my beloved Mrs. Madeline Bell.