Friday, June 29, 2012

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Linda Clifford

Artist:Linda Clifford
Song:Runaway Love
Album:Runaway Love

Linda Clifford had success on the R & B and Dance charts in the late 70s and the early 80s. She last recorded an album in 1985. She was born June 14, 1944 in New York City and is a former Miss New York State. She started out as an actress in films like The Boston Strangler, Coogan's Bluff and Sweet Charity but switched to music first with the Jericho Jazz Singers and then her own group Linda and the Trade Winds. She recorded three singles for Paramount Records. A Long Long Winter charted on the R & B Singles chart in 1974. I think it was around this time that Paramount was swallowed by ABC Records. Linda signed with Curtis Mayfield's Curtom label in 1977. Runaway Love is from her second album If My Friends Could See Me Now. It reached #3 on the R & B Singles chart and #2 on the Dance chart. The song was written and produced by Gil Askey who worked with The Supremes in the late 60s. Her cover of the standard If My Friends Could See Me Now was more disco than the R & B of Runaway Love. It topped the dance charts and labeled Linda as a Disco Diva. She had a total of four number one dance hits including Red Light, Shoot Your Best Shot and Don't Come Crying To Me. Linda moved to Capitol in 1982 and after three more albums, she lost her record deal. You can get all her hits on this budget CD from the Dutch label Neon. Linda Clifford is still around though she hasn't recorded an album since 1985. I noticed her website hasn't been updated since 2008. Here's the video for Runaway Love by Linda Clifford.

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