Barbara Randolph was an American singer and actress who recorded for Motown in the late 1960s.
Born in Detroit, she was adopted by the actress Lilian Randolph (who played the maid in It’s A Wonderful Life). Barbara also began acting from a young age. Both Barbara (then a teenager) and Lilian joined the vocal group The Red Caps in 1957.
Barbara continued to perform with the group in the 1960s, but also began recording as a solo artist after signing with RCA records in 1960. As well as continuing to work as an actress, she was a member of The Platters from 1964 to 1965 and recorded one album with the group. She signed a solo contract with Motown in 1967.
Barbara saw only two single releases (“I Got A Feeling” and “Can I Get A Witness”) and neither were commercially successful. She performed for Motown’s live shows around this time. Barbara was also very nearly a Supreme; she was considered as a replacement for both Florence Ballard in 1967 and Diana Ross in 1969.
After recording a couple of singles for LHI records, she married Eddie Singleton, the ex-husband of Raynoma Gordy (Berry Gordy‘s ex-wife), and the two opened a production company together. Barbara thereafter retired from singing.
She briefly returned to the recording studio for one single (“Success”) in 1982, and signed with Motorcity Records in 1989. There she re-recorded some songs and cut some original material; “I Got A Feeling” was released in 1989 and “Soul Searching” in 1991.
Barbara passed away in 2002, in South Africa.
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