Thursday, April 26, 2012

AccuRadio Song Of the Day-Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose

Artist:Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose
Song:Too Late To Turn Back Now
Album:Classic Masters

The family soul group Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose had two top five hits in the early 70s and then faded because their other songs weren't as good as those two songs. They were also perceived as pop soul as opposed to soul. Obviously they were influenced by the success of The Fifth Dimension. They are from Dania Beach, FL. Rose Cornelius was touring with The Gospel Jazz Singers and appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1967. When brothers Eddie and Carter Cornelius wanted to form a group, their mom asked Rose to be part of it. Later they added another sister Billie Jo. They signed with United Artists Records and worked with producer and recording engineer Bob Archibald in Miami. Their debut single Treat Her Like A Lady reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1971. Too Late To Turn Back Now was the second single and reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1972. And though the perception is they weren't popular with black audiences, Too Late To Turn Back Now reached #5 on the R & B Singles chart. Eddie Cornelius wrote all the songs and usually sang lead. So when subsequent singles didn't catch on, one would think they would look for material outside the group. But they didn't and their second album Big Time Lover did not sell. They only recorded two albums and this Capitol Records budget comp covers them. Beware of re-recorded versions of Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose songs. The group split up in 1976 when Carter Cornelius joined the religious sect Nation Of Yahweh and renamed himself Prince Gideon. He produced music for the sect until he died of a heart attack on Nov. 7, 1991 at age 43. Eddie Cornelius is a pastor and occasionally he and Rose will perform together. Here's a video for Too Late To Turn Back Now by Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose.

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