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Minnie Riperton

Singer, songwriter, and recording artist. Possessed a five-octave vocal range, enabling her to sing in 'whistle register', famously demonstrated on her 1974 hit 'Lovin' You'.

Born: 8 November 1947 in Chicago, Illinois.
Died: 12 July 1979 (aged 31) in Los Angeles, California, of cancer.

She was married to Richard Rudolph and is the mother of actress and comedienne Maya Rudolph, and thus the mother-in-law to film director Paul Thomas Anderson.