Remined, Reissue, 2019.
vinyl condition: NM
Fantastic reissue of a late-60s rarity by Barbara.
| Promotions man Steven Reece was working for an organization called Operation Step-Up in Cincinnati, Ohio, when he had an idea to do a local talent search to maybe put out on a few concerts to promote Civil Rights. His search lead him to Barbara Howard, a young singer with a buttery voice like Dionne Warwick, but who could pack a punch like Mavis Staples.
Reece became so entranced with Howard’s voice that he launched a record label solely to put out her records. The label lasted about a year and a half. It’s sole release: three Barbara Howard singles, and her debut LP, On the Rise. The album basically came and went; Howard is not a name you probably know. She did not play the American Bandstand or hit the Top 40. In the meantime, Howard and Reece got married, had three kids, one of whom became a state congresswoman.