Freda Payne - Save the Best for Last Exclusive CD

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Freda Payne - Save the Best for Last - Exclusive CD

Altair Records ALT 3936-S4
Release Date: 19-8-2022
Format: CD Only & all good online Stores

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Freda's fabulous official 8 track CD-EP of this beautiful evergreen is produced by the legendary LA producer Rick Gianatos.

Freda Payne is best known for her classic Holland, Dozier & Holland 1970 classic hit “Band of Gold“ that became an instant worldwide hit reaching #3 in the US and #1 in the UK for six consecutive weeks.

With global sales of over 5 million it is one of the most popular songs from the period!



Tracklisting includes:

1. Original Vocal Mix

2. Original Instrumental Mix

3. Vocal Re-edit

4. Original Presentation Mix

5. Extended Vocal Mix

6. Extended Dub Mix

7. Radio Edit

8. Instrumental

Tracks 5-8 mixed by Rinaldo Montez


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Freda Charcilia Payne (born September 19, 1942) is an American singer and actress. Payne is best known for her career in music during the mid–1960s through the mid–1980s. Her most notable record is her 1970 hit single, “Band of Gold“. Payne was also an actress in musicals and film, as well as the host of a TV talk show. Payne is the older sister of Scherrie Payne, a former singer with the American vocal group The Supremes.

Payne was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up listening to jazz singers, such as Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. As a teenager, she attended the Detroit Institute of Musical Arts; she soon began singing radio commercial jingles, and took part in (and won many) local TV and radio talent shows. In 1963, she moved to New York City and worked with many entertainers, including Quincy Jones, Pearl Bailey, and Bill Cosby.

In 1969, her old friends back home in Detroit, Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, and Edward Holland, Jr., persuaded her to sign with their newly formed record label Invictus. During that same year, her first Invictus single, “Unhooked Generation” (a minor R&B hit), was released Shortly thereafter, Eddie Holland offered her a song entitled “Band of Gold“, which he along with Brian Holland and Lamont Dozier co-wrote (under the pen name Edythe Wayne) with Ronald Dunbar.

In early 1970, the song became an instant pop smash reaching #3 in the US and #1 in the UK for six consecutive weeks; it also gave Payne her first gold record. Global sales were estimated at two million. An album of the same name proved to be fairly successful as well. Other Invictus singles included “Deeper and Deeper”, which reached # US24 and UK #33 at the end of 1970;”You Brought the Joy”, and the Vietnam War protest song “Bring the Boys Home” (U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #12, 1971), her second gold record. Her other Invictus albums were Contact (1971), The Best of Freda Payne (1972, a compilation which included four new, unissued songs), and her last Invictus album Reaching Out (1973). 

Her performance of “Band Of Gold” was included on the accompanying live album that was released in 2004. On April 22, 2009 Payne appeared on American Idol and sang “Band of Gold“. In February 2010, Payne joined Kanye West, Jordin Sparks, Jennifer Hudson, Barbra Streisand and many more on We Are The World for Haiti Relief. In 2011 Payne recorded a duet, “Saving A Life”, with British pop star Sir Cliff Richard for inclusion on his Soulicious album. She also joined Richard on his “Soulicious” tour of the UK in October of the same year. She sang the new duet with Richard along with her own hit “Band Of Gold”.

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