2014 – American singer Rosetta Hightower died aged 70

2014 – American singer Rosetta Hightower died aged 70. She was a member of The Orlons who formed in the late 1950s had five US Top 20 hits in the Sixties including ‘The Wah Watusi’, ‘Don’t Hang Up’ and ‘South Street’. Before they became The Orlons, they were an all-girl quintet called Audrey and the Teenettes. The Orlons provided back-up vocals on Dee Dee Sharp’s 1962 hit ‘Mashed Potato Time’ and second hit, ‘Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes)’. In the late 1960s she joined the ranks of the then-popular female session singers who backed many hit songs. This group included Madeline Bell, Lesley Duncan, Kiki Dee, and Sue and Sunny. She recorded with Joe Cocker on his With a Little Help From My Friends album.

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