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.


Conversation for album: Madeline Bell – 1968 – I’m Gonna Make You Love Me

  • Lafayette
    Posted at 18:36h, 22 August 2008 Reply

    Fabulous! This is the epic good shit, bro! :¬)


  • Larry
    Posted at 19:57h, 22 August 2008 Reply

    Wow!!!Amazing post. Incredible voice.

  • k02
    Posted at 20:39h, 22 August 2008 Reply

    Thank you nikos

  • invisiblenigma
    Posted at 22:04h, 22 August 2008 Reply

    Much Appreciated Nikos! You’re legendary Brother! I’m always amazed with what you post.

  • musicmeiho
    Posted at 00:05h, 23 August 2008 Reply

    FABULOUS! Thank you

  • manny
    Posted at 01:38h, 23 August 2008 Reply

    thanks for posting, i love dusty so this should be great

  • Frosty
    Posted at 01:40h, 23 August 2008 Reply

    How did i missed this lady with such a powerful voice? Thanks for the education lessons on soul music, brother.

  • Hooch
    Posted at 02:21h, 23 August 2008 Reply

    Lovely Stuff! – Thanks Nikos

    Sent you an email m8 – check it out!

  • boombaz
    Posted at 03:43h, 23 August 2008 Reply

    thanks a lot!!i really really appreciate that…you know what good music is…

  • Jeffs11375
    Posted at 06:49h, 23 August 2008 Reply

    And let us not forget Claudia Linear and the great Merry Clayton.

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 11:34h, 23 August 2008 Reply

    Yes, that’s right. Have already post Claudia Linear and i’m going to post Merry Clayton too.

  • Georgia
    Posted at 13:18h, 23 August 2008 Reply

    I am a great fan of Mrs.Bell. She did excellent work back then, later with Blue Mink and now with jazz. Respect!

  • Sonny
    Posted at 17:50h, 23 August 2008 Reply

    Any music lover should love Madeline Bell. This album proves she was (is) at least equal to the premiere league of the female vocalists. such an underrated talent. The Lady with the magnificent voice.

  • Messiah
    Posted at 19:04h, 23 August 2008 Reply

    wow she has an amazing resume……thanks Nikos! Peace


  • Soul is the Music
    Posted at 19:26h, 23 August 2008 Reply

    This terrific track from this gem of an album “Picture Me Gone” missed the charts in 1967 despite constant promotion, however, the song is now recognised as a momentous Northern Soul classic and is frequently heard in many soul venues and if remixed and reproduced it has all the necessary qualities to be a smash hit single. The “B” side to the tremendous single “Picture Me Gone” called “Go Ahead On” was superbly written by Madeline and the late great Dusty Springfield.

  • badhabitz
    Posted at 20:23h, 23 August 2008 Reply

    yo looking forward to this one i love madeline shes awsome! thanks for the hardwork nikos. peace

  • robert
    Posted at 22:38h, 23 August 2008 Reply

    Very nice, thanks again dude.

  • Vito
    Posted at 02:15h, 24 August 2008 Reply

    Congrats on this excellent post, bro.

  • Helen
    Posted at 12:38h, 24 August 2008 Reply

    i LOVE Madeline as much i love Dusty. Fantastic voice and record.

  • Noa
    Posted at 22:28h, 24 August 2008 Reply

    Great work, nikos. A complete post with so many info’s. thanks for educating me..

  • Dreamer456
    Posted at 03:18h, 25 August 2008 Reply

    Thanks so much.

  • paul
    Posted at 10:01h, 25 August 2008 Reply

    Super! thanks for sharing.

  • Ryan
    Posted at 11:56h, 25 August 2008 Reply

    Don’t sleep people, Madeline Bell is a bomp!!!!!

  • Donny
    Posted at 15:59h, 25 August 2008 Reply

    So grateful for another discovery of yours.

  • alex-soul & jazz
    Posted at 18:08h, 25 August 2008 Reply

    many thanks once again nikos for another great post!
    appreciate all your work man!

  • B-Grrl
    Posted at 22:41h, 25 August 2008 Reply

    All you’re doimg is stealing albums from other blogs. Don’t see what’s so impressive about that. You’re a thief.

  • phatrapper
    Posted at 22:55h, 25 August 2008 Reply

    thanks Nikos

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 01:08h, 26 August 2008 Reply

    B-Grrl, you must be joking. This is a personal vinyl rip from my original Phillips album. Look at the front and back cover, it is taken with my digital camera as i always do. you must be new here. They steal from me, as all bloggers around know!

  • John Lock
    Posted at 10:24h, 26 August 2008 Reply

    I can’t thank you enough for this!

  • Pedro
    Posted at 11:00h, 26 August 2008 Reply

    Definately a treasure! Man this site is THE BEST. I have been collecting so many of the great albums you posted.

  • Groovy Emmanuel
    Posted at 11:44h, 26 August 2008 Reply

    Oh sweet Madeline… I see a wonderful concept here, a much desired journey on your behalf… Picture You Gone, for you’re about to begin yours into Loveland, One Step At A Time, every time baby, and only then you’re strong enough to Climb Ev’ry Mountain ahead… That is, I’m sure, your own journey in your lifetime…. Oh sweet Madeline, picture us marvel at it, for that is that matters! The journey, not the destination!

  • Groovy Emmanuel
    Posted at 12:41h, 26 August 2008 Reply

    Oh, I can see clearly now what’s so impressive about posting lp’s in blogland, dear girl! Spending as much of your precious time and money in ripping originals and collecting all info at adding to these posts. How decent (!!!) for everyone to make it his own elsewhere in the net even with the same covers! Corks are always floating in water… It’s too easy to see bottom at the top…. And that is far too impressive.

  • kizza
    Posted at 13:41h, 26 August 2008 Reply

    Wow! Thanks again for this beautiful gem!

  • rifkes
    Posted at 15:04h, 28 August 2008 Reply

    This is a Beauty,thanks

  • Trakbuv
    Posted at 16:15h, 29 August 2008 Reply

    Lovely selection Nikos – don’t know the album, but certainly know Ms Bell – once heard, never forgotten.

  • Rich
    Posted at 19:50h, 10 September 2008 Reply

    nikos never heard of this lady but it looks mad soulful from cover thank u for the info on her.

  • Stockholm Soul Bonanza
    Posted at 21:14h, 15 September 2008 Reply

    Nikos, thank you som much for this album. Re: ‘Picture Me Gone’, I am listening to a version by Diane Brookes which is on par with Madeline’s – madly great!

  • noisecat
    Posted at 15:41h, 30 October 2008 Reply

    Wow.! what a great record.!
    thanks a lot for this. you made my day.!
    Greeting from Korea


  • Musicdawn
    Posted at 12:32h, 09 December 2008 Reply

    Thank You Niko! I’ve finally listen it:) Beautiful record! Realy soully)

  • TheWisestWomanintheWorld
    Posted at 02:24h, 14 December 2008 Reply

    Maddie, as “The Wisest Woman in the World” I know that there is nothing stopping you now except to find out what Tina and Herbie know about true happiness. I told you this secret years ago… when you “go there” you will become the No. 1 Singer in the world! You are so talented. Your heart is so warm… Your “inner essence voice” is waiting to come out.When this voice comes out, you will present the world with a brand new music. Your public will clamor to see you. I’m
    “wisestwomanintheworld” and i know these things.(smile)
    signing off – twwitw

  • TheWisestWomanintheworld
    Posted at 09:05h, 08 January 2009 Reply

    Nikos, you are truly ‘wise’ to bring Maddie to YouTube this way… As “The Wisest Woman in the World”,I say to Maddie: “Girl come back home to the US!! Girl! Girl! Girl! Come home to your riches!!

    signing off – twwitw

  • lader_m
    Posted at 19:32h, 08 January 2009 Reply

    Thank you for Madeline Bell!

  • moggy
    Posted at 08:58h, 23 April 2009 Reply

    Thanks ….love this lp

  • Steve
    Posted at 19:23h, 16 August 2009 Reply

    I’d love to find any album of Madeline Bells with ‘Ordinary People’ on it…I only had the cassette…
    A great song and she sings it so beautifully…
    Might bring tears to your eyes…
    One of my favourite songs of all time….



  • Gordy
    Posted at 23:50h, 13 September 2009 Reply

    For some strange reason, the album which contains the track “Ordinary People” (titled “Madeline Bell” from 1971), hasn’t been released on cd yet. Neither has the John Paul Jones produced “Comin Atcha”. A travesty!!!

  • cleffdeadly
    Posted at 14:05h, 09 October 2009 Reply

    great singer, thank you guys…

  • Joeboy
    Posted at 08:59h, 26 July 2013 Reply

    Fantastic guy’s… keep them coming
    brilliant artist… loving it!

  • Alec Ashworth
    Posted at 09:33h, 14 October 2017 Reply

    Many thanks for this!

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