Laura Lee | Public domain | tc025
Laura Lee Newton (Laura Lee) was born on 9 March 1945. She was only a teenager when she started singing gospel with The Meditation Singers (replacing Della Reese!) Her first solo record was “To win your heart” for Detroit based Ric Tic Records in 1966. In 1967 she signed with Chess Records and the first release, Dirty Man, became her first hit. She left Chess in 1969 but continued a successful singing career until illness intervened.