Barbara Mason

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Barbara Mason (born 9 August 1947, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American R&B/soul singer best known for her 1965 hit song, "Yes, I'm Ready".

Career[edit]

A soul singer, Mason initially focused on songwriting when she entered the music industry in her teens. As a performer, though, she had a hit single in 1965 with her self-penned Top 10 hit, "Yes, I'm Ready" (number five pop, number two R&B), a fetching soul-pop confection that spotlighted her high, girlish vocals. One of the first examples of the sweet, lush sound that came to be called Philly soul, she had modest success throughout the rest of the decade on the small Arctic label, reaching the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 again in 1965 with "Sad, Sad Girl", and "Oh How It Hurts" in 1967-68.

In the early and mid-1970s, Mason toughened her persona considerably, singing about sexual love and infidelity with a frankness that was uncommon for a female soul singer in songs like "Bed and Board", "From His Woman to You", and "Shackin' Up". Sweet soul continued to be her groove, and she continued to write some of her material. But the production, as it was throughout soul in the '70s, was more funk-oriented, and at times Mason would interrupt her singing to deliver some straight-talkin' raps about romance. Curtis Mayfield produced her on a cover version of Mayfield's "Give Me Your Love", which restored her to the pop Top 40 and R&B Top Ten in 1973; "From His Woman to You" (the response to Shirley Brown's single "Woman to Woman") and "Shackin' Up" were also solid soul sellers in the mid-1970s. After leaving Buddah Records in 1975, she only dented the charts periodically, with "I Am Your Woman, She Is Your Wife" (1978), "Another Man" (1984) on West End Records, and a couple of other singles.

Mason released a new CD, Feeling Blue, on 18 September 2007.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

YearAlbumChart positions[1]Record label
USUS
R&B
1965Yes, I'm Ready'129Arctic
1968Oh How It Hurts42
1970If You Knew Him Like I DoNational General
1973Give Me Your Love9517Buddah
1974Lady Love29
Transition
1975Love's the Thing18742
1977Locked in This Position (with Bunny Sigler)Curtom
1978I Am Your Woman, She Is Your WifePrelude
1980A Piece of My LifeWMOT
1984Another ManWest End
2007Feeling BlueSunswept
"—" denotes the album failed to chart

Singles[edit]

YearSingleChart positions[2]
USUS
R&B
UK[3]
1964"Trouble Child"
1965"Girls Have Feelings Too"31
"Yes, I'm Ready"52
"Sad, Sad Girl"2712
"If You Don't (Love Me, Tell Me So)"85
1966"Is It Me?"97
"I Need Love"9825
"Poor Girl in Trouble"
1967"You Can Depend on Me"
"Oh, How It Hurts"5911
1968"I Don't Want to Lose You"
"(I Can Feel Your Love) Slipping Away"97
"I'm No Good for You"
1969"Take It Easy (With My Heart)"
"You Better Stop It"
1970"Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" (A-side)11238
"If You Knew Him Like I Do" (B-side)
"Just a Little Lovin'"
"When You Look at Me"
"I Can't Help It"
1971"Pow Pow Song (Sorry Sorry Baby)"
1972"Bead and Board"7024
"Woman and Man"
"Give Me Your Love"319
1973"Yes, I'm Ready" (re-recorded version)125
"Children of Tomorrow"79
"Caught in the Middle (Of a One Sided Love Affair)"
1974"World War Three"
"The Devil Is Busy"
"Half Brother, Half Sister"
"From His Woman to You"283
1975"Shackin' Up"919
"We Got Each Other" (with The Futures) (A-side)38
"Make It Last" (with The Futures) (B-side)35
1977"Love Song" (with Bunny Sigler)
1978"I Am Your Woman, She Is Your Wife"14
"Darling Come Back Home"
1980"I'll Never Love the Same Way Twice"54
1981"She's Got the Papers (But I Got the Man)"29
"On and Off"
1984"Another Man"6845
"Don't I Ever Cross Your Mind Sometime"
"—" denotes the single failed to chart

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Barbara Mason US albums chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 17 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "Barbara Mason US singles chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 14 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "Barbara Mason UK chart history". chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 19 January 2013. Retrieved 14 January 2011. 

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