Lorraine Chandler is confirmed dead at the age of 73.
Lorraine was best known as a American singer and songwriter.
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Lorraine Chandler - I Can't Hold On
MCSC: LORRAINE CHANDLER tribute show w/music & history on WDET-FM Detroit - Jan. 11, 2020 by Motor City Soul Club |…
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@nelsy_lorraine Lmfaoooo I'm skinny af please hold that shit I really got u next Thursday morning
@nelsy_lorraine The freedom coach jacket 2 I swear I pay for it next Thursday morning in a Large sis I swear
@nelsy_lorraine I really wanna get some shit next week thoooooo sis 😓😔😔😔😔😔 fuck I love y'all shit
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RT @B_Movie_Cult: Which of the three contenders for the You Only Live Twice theme song do you think is the best? I choose Nancy!…
RT @B_Movie_Cult: Which of the three contenders for the You Only Live Twice theme song do you think is the best? 1222912595033649152,2020-01-30 16:00:57 +0000,FixmeBot,"Lorraine Chandler"": 174 views/day
@B_Movie_Cult Nancy's because it has the Japanese feel to it, but I like Lorraine Chandler's one for how 60s it sounds.
RT @B_Movie_Cult: Which of the three contenders for the You Only Live Twice theme song do you think is the best? 1222890331915669504,2020-01-30 14:32:29 +0000,B_Movie_Cult,Which of the three contenders for the You Only Live Twice theme song do you think is the best?
Lorraine Chandler
Birth nameErmastine Lewis
Bornc. 1946
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Died (aged 73)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
GenresSoul
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, arranger, record producer
Lorraine Chandler (born Ermastine Lewis, c. 1946 – January 2, 2020) was an American soul singer, songwriter and record producer.
Life and career
She was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, a neighbor of percussionist Eddie "Bongo" Brown and a family friend of Otis Williams of The Temptations. She attended Northern High School but left college to pursue a career in the music industry. She began writing songs with Jack Ashford, including "I'm Gone", recorded by Eddie Parker, and "I'll Never Forget You", recorded by The O'Jays. She signed with Ashford's Pied Piper Productions as a songwriter and performer, and her first single "What Can I Do" was released in 1966, becoming a regional hit. It was released nationally by RCA, as was the follow-up "I Can't Hold On", which she co-wrote, but neither reached the national charts.
She was one of the first black female songwriters and producers. She continued to both record and write, many of her songs being released on the RCA and Kapp labels. In 1968, she and Ashford established the short-lived Ashford label, releasing Eddie Parker's "Love You Baby", later popular on Britain's Northern soul scene. When the company collapsed, she and Ashford continued to work together, writing Billy Sha-Rae's 1971 R&B chart hit "Do It". Ashford also co-wrote Baby Washington's 1974 hit "I've Got to Break Away", which reached no.32 on the R&B chart.
After Ashford moved to Los Angeles in 1976, Chandler remained in Detroit. In the mid-1980s, some of her unissued Pied Piper recordings were unearthed by British DJ and record label executive Ady Croasdell, who released several of them including a demo recording of a possible theme for the movie You Only Live Twice. Chandler continued to work with Eddie Parker, singing on as well as arranging and producing his 1989 album The Old... The New... The Blues. She also returned to performing occasionally, both in Detroit and at Northern soul festivals in Britain. Many of her recordings were reissued on CD by Ace Records.
Lorraine Chandler died in Detroit on January 2, 2020.
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