Tina Britt

Last updated
Tina Britt
Birth nameMarion L. Brittingham
Born (1938-07-05) July 5, 1938 (age 85)
Smyrna, Delaware, U.S.
Genres R&B, soul
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Years active1959–1970, 2012
LabelsEastern, Veep, Minit

Tina Britt (born Marion Brittingham; July 5, 1938) is an American R&B singer who had two hits on the Billboard R&B chart in the 1960s. She released one album Blue All The Way, and six 45s between 1965 and 1970.

Life and career

Tina Britt was born in Smyrna, Delaware, and raised in Florida and Philadelphia. [1] She had a peripatetic life travelling with her father, and started singing as a teenager at the First Missionary Baptist Church in Sanford, Florida. [1] Whilst working in New York in 1965 she was introduced to Henry 'Juggy' Murray who offered her the chance to record secular rhythm and blues [2] for the Eastern record label, a subsidiary of the Sue label. [3] Her first single, a version of "The Real Thing" written by Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson, and Jo Armstead, [4] but originally credited to their publisher Ed Silvers, [5] [6] reached #20 on the R&B chart. [7]

The session that produced "The Real Thing" also gave up the follow-up single "You're Absolutely Right", another Ashford-Simpson-Armstead song and "Look", a side penned by Sidney Barnes and J.J.Jackson. [1] Competition came from a version by the Apollas on the Loma label and sales were split, resulting in a chart miss for both. [1] It would be three years before her next releases for the Veep label, a subsidiary of United Artists Records, in 1968. They released two singles, "Who Was That", which reached #39 on the R&B chart, [7] and a revival of Don Covay's "Sookie, Sookie." Both records were produced by Juggy Murray.

Veep Records ceased in 1969 resulting in Britt being transferred to Minit Records, a subsidiary of the newly acquired Liberty Records. [1] They released her only album, the Murray produced Blue All The Way. [8] However, her only single for Minit, a cover of Otis Redding's Hawg For You, failed to chart. Aside from occasional session work as a background vocalist, notably for Wilbert Harrison's album Let's Work Together, her recording career had ended by 1970, and Britt left the recording industry soon afterwards. [3] [1] Her later life centred around raising her children. In autumn 2009, when interviewed by In The Basement magazine, she was living in Philadelphia. [1] In 2012, she released a new download single, "Play It Back." [9]

Her singles were compiled, with other previously unreleased tracks, on the 2006 CD Blue All the Way ...plus. [10]

Related Research Articles

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Ike & Tina Turner</span> American musical duo

Ike & Tina Turner were an American musical duo consisting of husband and wife Ike Turner and Tina Turner. From 1960 to 1976, they performed live as the Ike & Tina Turner Revue, supported by Ike Turner's band the Kings of Rhythm and backing vocalists called the Ikettes. The Ike & Tina Turner Revue was regarded as "one of the most potent live acts on the R&B circuit."

Sue Records was also the name of a Louisiana-based record company which owned Jewel Records.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Ashford & Simpson</span> American songwriting and recording duo

Ashford & Simpson were an American husband-and-wife songwriting, production, recording duo composed of Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Ain't No Mountain High Enough</span> 1966 song by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

"Ain't No Mountain High Enough" is a song written by Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson in 1966 for the Tamla label, a division of Motown. The composition was first successful as a 1967 hit single recorded by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, and became a hit again in 1970 when recorded by former Supremes frontwoman Diana Ross. The song became Ross's first solo number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing</span> 1968 single by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

"Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" is a 1968 single released by American R&B/soul duo Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, on the Tamla label in 1968. The B-side of the single is "Little Ole Boy, Little Ole Girl" from the duo's United LP. The first release off the duo's second album: You're All I Need, the song - written and produced by regular Gaye/Terrell collaborators Ashford & Simpson - became a hit within weeks of release eventually peaking at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 1 on the Hot Soul Singles chart, the first of the duo's two number 1 R&B hits. In the UK "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" reached number 34.

<i>Youre All I Need</i> 1968 studio album by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

You're All I Need is the second studio album by soul musicians Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, released in August 1968 on Motown-subsidiary label Tamla Records. Highlighted by three hit singles written by Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson, You're All I Need was recorded throughout 1966 and 1967 and features two Top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hits, "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" and "You're All I Need to Get By". It peaked at #60 on the U.S. Billboard 200 Album Chart. You're All I Need was the two singers' final collaboration effort, as Terrell would become ill following recording, before succumbing to a brain tumor in 1970.

Juggy Murray was an American record label owner, producer and singer-songwriter. He co-founded Sue Records which launched the career of Ike & Tina Turner. Subsidiary labels under the Sue were Symbol, Broadway, Eastern and Crackerjack. Murray recorded artists, including Don Covay, Jimmy McGriff, Inez Foxx, and Baby Washington, as well as releasing solo records.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Maxine Brown (soul singer)</span> American soul and R&B singer

Maxine Ella Brown is an American soul and R&B singer.

<i>The Magnificent 7</i> (album) 1970 studio album by The Supremes and The Four Tops

The Magnificent 7 is a collaborative album combining Motown's premier vocal groups, The Supremes and The Four Tops. Issued by Motown in 1970, it followed two collaborative albums The Supremes did with The Temptations in the late 1960s. The album featured their hit cover of Ike & Tina Turner's "River Deep – Mountain High", which reached number 14 on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. In the UK, the album peaked at number 6. In December 1971, Billboard reported UK album sales of 30,000 copies.

<i>The Return of the Magnificent Seven</i> 1971 studio album by The Supremes and The Four Tops

The Return of the Magnificent Seven is the second collaborative album between Motown label-mates The Supremes and Four Tops, released in 1971. The production only featured two covers compared to their first album together, The Magnificent 7, that included more than eight. Although the three albums the Supremes recorded with the Four Tops did not match the commercial success of the Supremes/Temptations duet albums, what they did have instead were original tunes, soulful lead vocals by Jean Terrell and Levi Stubbs and high production values in terms of arrangements and orchestration.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">The Ikettes</span> American backing vocalists for the Ike & Tina Turner Revue

The Ikettes, originally The Artettes, were a trio of female backing vocalists for the Ike & Tina Turner Revue. Despite their origins, the Ikettes became successful artists in their own right. In the 1960s they had hits such as "I'm Blue " and "Peaches 'N' Cream". In 2017, Billboard ranked "I'm Blue " No. 63 on its list of 100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time.

"Keep On Lovin' Me Honey" is a 1968 hit written and produced by Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson, and issued as a single on Motown Records' Tamla label by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. It was the third release from the duo's You're All I Need album. Billboard described the single as a "potent, driving rocker" that "will put [Gaye and Terrell] rapidly at the top." Cash Box said that it "blazes its way with terrific rhythmic impact and super-powered vocal splendor."

<i>Doin Our Thing</i> 1968 studio album by Booker T & the M.G.s

Doin' Our Thing is the sixth studio album by R&B band Booker T. & the M.G.'s, released in April 1968. The album was their first self-produced effort and charted at number 176 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Surrender (Diana Ross song)</span> 1971 single by Diana Ross

"Surrender" is a song composed and produced by Ashford & Simpson and sung from singer Diana Ross' album of the same name in 1971 on the Motown label. It was released as the album's third single on July 6, 1971.

"Let's Go Get Stoned" is a song originally recorded by The Coasters in May 1965. It was written by Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson, and Josephine Armstead. Ronnie Milsap recorded it in October 1965 as a B-side to the single, "Never Had It So Good.

<i>Cilla Sings a Rainbow</i> 1966 studio album by Cilla Black

Cilla Sings a Rainbow is Cilla Black's second solo studio album, released on 18 April 1966 by Parlophone Records. The album reached No. 4 on the UK Albums Chart, surpassing the No. 5 peak of her previous album and becoming her highest charting studio album.

<i>Four in Blue</i> 1969 studio album by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles

Four In Blue is a 1969 album by the Motown R&B group The Miracles, issued on the label's Tamla Records subsidiary in the U.S., and the Tamla-Motown label elsewhere in the world,.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Jo Armstead</span> American soul singer and songwriter (born 1944)

Josephine Armstead, also known as "Joshie" Jo Armstead, is an American soul singer and songwriter. Armstead began her career singing backing vocals for blues musician Bobby "Blue" Bland before becoming an Ikette in the Ike & Tina Turner Revue in the early 1960s. She also had some success as a solo singer, her biggest hit being "A Stone Good Lover" in 1968. As a songwriter, Armstead teamed up with Ashford & Simpson. The trio wrote hits for various artists, including Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Tina Britt, Ronnie Milsap, and Syl Johnson. In the 1970s, Armstead appeared in the Broadway musicals Don't Play Us Cheap and Seesaw.

Eastern Records was a subsidiary label of Sue Records, founded by Juggy Murray. In 1965, the label released the singles "The Real Thing" by Tina Britt which reached #20 on the Billboard R&B chart, and "Time Waits For No One" by Eddie & Ernie which reached #34 on the R&B chart in 1965.

Stay Free is an album by the American R&B duo Ashford & Simpson, released in 1979. It peaked at No. 23 on the Billboard 200.


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Cole, David (Autumn 2009). "Tina Britt: The Real Thing". In the Basement, Brighton, UK (55): 39–41. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  2. Liner notes, Blue All The Way
  3. 1 2 Tina Britt Discography, SoulfulKindaMusic. Retrieved 8 October 2014
  4. Songs written by Nickolas Ashford, MusicVF.com. Retrieved 8 September 2014
  5. "The Real Thing", Discogs.com. Retrieved 8 October 2014
  6. "The Real Thing: The Songs of Ashford, Simpson and Armstead", Spectacular! Retro! Pop!. Retrieved 8 October 2014
  7. 1 2 Whitburn, Joel (1996). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-1995. Record Research. p. 46.
  8. Tina Britt Discography, Discogs.com. Retrieved 8 October 2014
  9. Tina Britt, "Play It Back", CDBaby.com. Retrieved 24 February 2019
  10. "Tina Britt: Blue All the Way ...plus", Classic and Rare Soul Sisters 50s-70s, 7 May 2009. Retrieved 8 October 2014