Cindy Scott | The Loving Country

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The Loving Country

by Cindy Scott

From hustling disco to searing soul - it's a consummate comeback from a forgotten Philly Legend.
Genre: Urban/R&B: Philly Soul
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1. Remember Me
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2. Runaway Love
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7:26 album only
3. Surrender
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4. If It Was Me
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3:56 album only
5. Precious Precious
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4:01 album only
6. I've Been Loving You Too Long
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7. Saturday Night Sunday Morning
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3:43 album only
8. Signed Sealed Delivered
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3:34 album only
9. Don't Let My Teardrops Bother You
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10. Is It Possible
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3:31 album only
11. The Loving Country
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12. Remember Me (Extended Remix)
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13. Runaway Love - Reprise
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Cindy Scott, real name Sundray Tucker, was born in the northern part of Philadelphia into a gospel family, the patriarch of which was Ira Tucker Snr., famed lead voice of legendary gospel group, the Dixie Hummingbirds. Her sister is Lynda Laurence and her cousin was the late Tammi Terrell.

By the time she was fourteen, Sundray was combining ninth grade studies with vocal chores as a member of Philly group, the Ordettes, whose line-up included one Patricia Holt better known nowadays as Patti Labelle. At Newtown, they became the Bluebelles and were clearly set for a professional career but Louise Tucker felt Sundray had some schooling to finish. "We had been doing these record hops and I really didn't want to go to school anymore," said Sundray. "My mother said 'you're to go', so she took me out of the group." The young girl from Camden, New Jersey, who replaced Sundray, was Cindy Birdsong.

Mother, schoolwork or not, Sundray soon got chance to get back to singing. The Dixie Hummingbirds were best-selling artists for Don Robey's Peacock label and Sundray followed her father to the company for her first solo recording, I Got A Good Thing c/w Have It Your Way, billed by Peacock as Sandra Kay Tucker. "I had started writing songs and my father took some of the things I had written to Don Robey. He signed me as a writer and as an artist as well."

Sundray soon hooked up with Philadelphia based Frank Bendinelli and Leroy Lovett, who were running a production company in the City of Brotherly Love. "They took us on as writing partners and they also recorded me as well as our songs on a number of artists, including the Persianettes, Timmy & the Empires and the Companions."

It was during the time with Ben-Lee that the name-change to Cindy Scott came about. "It was because of Don Robey that I changed it," explained Sundray. "He had me under contract for five years and he refused to record me after the first time. So I thought 'I'm not just going to sit here and do nothing' and when I got with Frank and Leroy, I decided I'd have to change my name, so I did. My best friend at school was called Kay Scott. She had my middle name, so I took her last name. When I was with the Bluebelles, everybody thought Cindy and I resembled each other, so I took her first name. That's how that came about."

In 1967 Sundray signed with Johnny Madara and Dave White, who had worked with Len Barry, and they took her to the United Artists' Veep subsidiary for the northern favourite, I Love You Baby. After a further Veep single combining a version of Otis Redding's I've Been Loving You Too Long with Time Can Change A Love, UA wound up the label and Sundray (Cindy) moved on to Neptune. Two singles were issued on Neptune, both duets with Bunny Sigler.

In 1980, Sundray opted to relocate to Miami, finally moving back to Philadelphia in 1999. "I just wanted to go [to Miami]," explained Sundray. "I had never been and, at that time, my dad had an office there, at TK, and I just wanted to go and see what it was all about." While in Florida, she recorded sporadically for various local labels, including TK (If It Was Me) and Grace Note (Is It Possible).

Demand from fans in Britain has now got Sundray back into the recording studios this side of the Atlantic. Together with Vera Carey (founder member of The Persianettes) on background, the results promise to be impressive. Sundray enthused; "I'm elated. I'm loving it because I like the material that I'm doing. I think it's great."

Patti Labelle, reminiscing about the Ordettes in her auto-biography, 'Don't Block The Blessings', says of Sundray then and now; "[She] could really blow. Still can. Music is in her blood."


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teddydreams

Cindy Scott
i purchased this CD a few years back. Just to see if all this hype about Ms.Scott was valid. I'm 61 years you and i love my music and my soul singer. I was more than pleased with this CD. You need to fill some pretty big shoes to do versions of Hits by such artist as Linda Clifford, Jean Terell(of The Supremes). Thelma Houston , Mary Wilson of The Supremes and Ms Diana Ross herself. Kudos to you Ms, Cindy Scott you blew my mind with you interpertations of these classic songs. You breathed new life into them for the next generation who have no idea what a Vocalist is du to reality shows as American idol, The Voice, and The X factor . I love this Cd and i also purchased the one you did with The F.L.O.S. Former ladies of The Supremes. That was truly amazing as well. Now I need to save my pennies so I can purchase another one of your CD's. Thank you for the music and keep on singing the U.s.A's lost is Europe's gain. teddydreams

David Kramlick

The Best R&B Soul CD I've heard in a long, long time!
By far one of the best R&B/Soul CD's I've heard in a long time.

I've heard a lot of people say, "They don't make good music anymore." Well, they do! and this is it!

A must for any true music lover!

Norman Fidel

REMEMBER HER
An eclectic blend of songs made popular in the 1970's by such artists as the Supremes, Thelma Houston, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, and others-THE LOVING COUNTRY is an emotion packed, high energy cd that just makes you want to get on a dance floor and FAST! Cindy Scott's delivery is upbeat and
exciting, a tour de force in which she is more than capable. The best tracks are: Saturday Night, Sunday Morning, and Signed, Sealed, Delivered. Give this one several spins, you won't be disappointed!