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Rosetta Hightower

ROSETTA HIGHTOWER (1944 2014)
MUSIC ::: RHYTHM & BLUES :::

During the girl group explosion of early 1960s, names like Ronnie Spector and Diana Ross became household words. Songs like Leader of the Pack and Da Doo Ron Ron became instant classics.

From the land of Dick Clark and American Bandstand came The Orlons. They were led by sister Rosetta Hightower and left an impressive array of pop/r&b classics - The Wah Watusi and Don't Hang Up. They made an amazing three year run that lasted from 1962 through 1964. They would soon be trampled underfoot with the arrival of The Beatles.

Rosetta in turn left for England to become part of a tour-de-force of session back-up singers who would provide support for Joe Cocker's With a Little Help From My Friends and John Lennon's Power To The People.

She would marry the British producer/arranger Ian Green whose work includes by Thunderclap Newman Something in the Air and Edison Lighthouse's Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)

When she died in 2014, she left behind her son, Ian Green, Jr., Paul Oakenfold's main co-producer and remixer



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