Monday, May 5, 2014

R.I.P.: Jessica Cleaves

Jessica Cleaves, a founding member of the Friends of Distinction, died on Friday May 2, 2014 in Los Angeles at the age of 65.

Cleaves, Floyd Butler, Harry Elston and Barbara Love formed the Friends of Distinction in 1968 and were discovered by football player Jim Brown who helped them get signed to RCA Records.

The group had three records go to the top fifteen on both the Hot 100 and the R&B singles, Grazing in the Grass, Going in Circles and Love or Let Me Be Lonely.

Cleaves left the Friends of Distinction in 1972 to go on to another Brown discovery, Earth, Wind and Fire. Jessica was with the band when they were discovered by Clive Davis and signed to Columbia Records, marking the beginning of their ascension to the top of their career, singing on their albums Last Days & Time and their first platinum set Head To The Sky.

Cleaves eventually moved on to perform with P-Funk where she remained through the recording of their Dope Dogs album in 1993. MORE HERE

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