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Vessie Simmons ? more info please

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I apologise again if this has been covered before and please direct me to any thread, if it has

Does anyone know more about Vessie, please other than this article which I found on the net after trying to research the lady 

http://sdcradionet.blogspot.com/2015/01/vessie-simmons-journey-is-never-over.html

https://www.blogtalkradio.com/kdtnradioone/2015/01/10/vessie-simmons--the-journey-is-not-over

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Had a discussion about The Ribbons on Facebook.  She or they were not the Sequins nor the Sandpapers etc.  Sequins were the Holloway sisters and a cousin.  The Sandpapers was a straight reissue of the Ribbons and as far as I know someone just changed the name, I don't think the Ribbons were still together at the time of the re-release.

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2 minutes ago, Chalky said:

Had a discussion about The Ribbons on Facebook.  She or they were not the Sequins nor the Sandpapers etc.  Sequins were the Holloway sisters and a cousin.  The Sandpapers was a straight reissue of the Ribbons and as far as I know someone just changed the name, I don't think the Ribbons were still together at the time of the re-release.

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I have found this (a little difficult to read) since posting thread

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Vessie was in the Ribbons.

The LA Renfro Sequins were Ruth Davis, Lee Hill & Moddess King

The A&M Sequins were Brenda Holloway, Patrice Holloway, Patty Hunt.

There was several other Sequins, Ohio, Detroit, Chicago etc.  The Ribbons may have changed their name to the Sequins bit never recorded under that name.

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5 minutes ago, Chalky said:

Vessie was in the Ribbons.

The LA Renfro Sequins were Ruth Davis, Lee Hill & Moddess King

The A&M Sequins were Brenda Holloway, Patrice Holloway, Patty Hunt.

There was several other Sequins, Ohio, Detroit, Chicago etc.  The Ribbons may have changed their name to the Sequins bit never recorded under that name.

Hopefully we can get some more info about Vessie (seems strange there is little out there)

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I also believe, but am not 100% sure, that she fronted a 'fake' Shirelles outfit after she left the Ribbons which resulted in a 1975 court case...

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Aah, I can reply to myself ! I see the Shirelles info is already contained in one of the links above... I should have checked before posting so hastily...

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According to the usually reliable 'LA R&B Vocal Groups 1945-1965' by Steve Propes & Galen Gart, who spoke to Vessie Simmons in 1996 for the book,the A&M Sequins were  the Ribbons,who  did backgrounds for Phil Spector too. Vessie  also added 'I had my own group of Ikettes' ,which is possible,as there were  certainly 'touring' Ikettes alongside the 'recording' Ikettes.

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On 19/01/2020 at 05:44, Johndelve said:

I also believe, but am not 100% sure, that she fronted a 'fake' Shirelles outfit after she left the Ribbons which resulted in a 1975 court case...

   It looks like Vessie's problem with the Shirelles occurred earlier than one of the links suggests - 

 

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On 19/01/2020 at 10:50, Blackpoolsoul said:

Thanks Karl

I have found this (a little difficult to read) since posting thread

soul Vessie

VS began her singing career while serving actively in the US army. She entertained her follow troops in the service clubs, and was   constantly in demand by her superiors to sing at wartime functions that needed entertainment.

While stationed in France she was asked to join a vocal group of young men called the Corvettes (?)  It was not until this invitation was extended did she entertain the idea of becoming a professional singer. The   dedication to this idea was further reinforced when her group was a winner in the All Army Entertainment Contest *, and shortly-there-after she made her first television appearance on French television.     Since then the entertainment world has been her first love

Her first serious recording effort came in the early sixties when as lead singer for a group called the     Ribbons. She experience her first nationally charted record ‘ain’t gonna kiss you’ and ‘my baby said’

The latter is now part of an oldie album

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