LAURA LEE





SINGLES

RIC-TIC RT-111 To Win Your Heart / So Will I1966 US
CHESS 1989 You Need Me / Stop Giving Your Man Away1967 US
CHESS 2013 Dirty Man / It's Mighty Hard
(a-side Billboard/r&b #13 & pop #68)
1967 US
CHESS CRS 8062 Dirty Man / It's Mighty Hard1967 UK
CHESS 2030 Up Tight, Good Man / Wanted - Lover, No Experience Necessary
(a-side Billboard/r&b #16 & pop #93, b-side Billboard/pop #84)
1967 US
CHESS 2041 As Long As I Got You / A Man With Some Backbone
(a-side Billboard/r&b #31 & pop #123)
1968 US
CHESS CRS 8070 As Long As I Got You / A Man With Some Backbone1968 UK
CHESS 2052 Need To Belong / He Will Break Your Heart
(a-side Billboard/r&b #44)
1968 US
CHESS 2062 Hang It Up / It's How You Make It Good
(a-side Billboard/r&b #48)
1968 US
CHESS 2068 Mama's Got A Good Thing / Love More Than Pride1969 US
COTILLION 44054 What A Man / Seperation Line1970 US
COTILLION 44073 Together / But, You Know I Love You1970 US
HOT WAX HS 7007 Wedlock Is A Padlock / Her Picture Matches Mine
(a-side Billboard/r&b #37)
1/1970 US
HOT WAX HS 7105 (promo) Women's Love Rights / Women's Love Rights7/1971 US
HOT WAX HS 7105 Women's Love Rights / Her Picture Matches Mine
(a-side Billboard/r&b #11 & pop #36)
7/1971 US
HOT WAX HS 7111 Love And Liberty / I Don't Want Nothing Old But Money
(a-side Billboard/r&b #23 & pop #94)
12/1971 US
TAMLA MOTOWN TMG 831 (promo)  To Win Your Heart / So Will I1972 UK
TAMLA MOTOWN TMG 831  To Win Your Heart / So Will I1972 UK
HOT WAX # (7201) (promo) Since I Fell For You (stereo) / Since I Fell For You (mono)2/1972 US
HOT WAX HS 7201 Since I Fell For You / I Don't Want Nothing Old But Money
(a-side Billboard/r&b #24 & pop #76)
2/1972 US
HOT WAX HS 7204 Rip Off / Two Lovely Pillows
(a-side Billboard/r&b #3 & pop #68)
5/1972 US
HOT WAX HS 7207 If You Can Beat Me Rockin' (You Can Have My Chair) / If I'm Good Enough To Love
(a-side Billboard/r&b #31 & pop #65)
9/1972 US
HOT WAX HS 7210 Crumbs Off The Table / You've Got To Save Me
(a-side Billboard/r&b #40 & pop #107)
12/1972 US
HOT WAX HWX 115 Rip Off / Two Lovely Pillows1972 UK
HOT WAX HWX 118 Wedlock Is A Padlock / Since I Fell For You1973 UK
HOT WAX HWX 119 You've Got The Love To Save Me / Crumbs Off The Table1972 UK
HOT WAX HS 7302 (If You Want To Try Love Again) Remember Me / If I'm Good Enough To Love5/1973 US
HOT WAX HS 7305 I'll Catch You When You Fall / I Can't Hold On Much Longer
(a-side Billboard/r&b #49)
8/1973 US
INVICTUS 1264 I Need It Just As Bad As You / If I'm Good Enough To Love
(a-side Billboard/r&b #55)
7/1974 US
INVICTUS INV 2654 I Need It Just As Bad As You / If I'm Good Enough To Love1974 UK
INVICTUS 1273 Don't Leave Me Starving For Your Love / (If You Want To Try Love Again) Remember Me10/1974 US
ARIOLA AMERICA 7652 (promo) Love's Got Me Tired (But I Ain't Tired Of Love) (stereo) / Love's Got Me Tired (But I Ain't Tired Of Love) (mono) 1976 US
ARIOLA AMERICA 7652 Love's Got Me Tired (But I Ain't Tired Of Love) / You're Barking Up The Wrong Tree
(a-side Billboard/r&b #61)
1976 US
FANTASY 865 (promo) Sat-Is-Fac-Tion (stereo) / Sat-Is-Fac-Tion (mono)1979 US
FANTASY 865 Sat-Is-Fac-Tion / Your Song1979 US
FANTASY D-133 (12") Sat-Is-Fac-Tion / Your Song1979 US
RADIOACTIVE GOLD 119 Women's Love Rights / Love & Liberty  (reissue)19?? US
RADIOACTIVE GOLD 121 Rip Off / If You Can Beat Me Rockin' (You Can Have My Chair)  (reissue)19?? US 




ALBUMS

HOT WAX HA-708 WOMAN'S LOVE RIGHTS  (LP) (Billboard #117)
Women's Love Rights / Wedlock Is A Padlock / I Don't Want Nothin' Old (But Money) / (Don't Be Sorry) Be Careful If You Can't Be Good / Love And Liberty / It's Not What You Fall For, It's What You Stand For / Since I Fell For You / Two Lovely Pillows / That's How Strong My Love Is / Her Picture Matches Mine
-- UK edition: Hot Wax SHW 5006, 1972/cd reissue: ZYX 5151, 2001 --
11/1971 US
HOT WAX HA-714 TWO SIDES OF LAURA LEE  (LP)
At Last / Crumbs Off The Table / Every Little Bit Hurts / Empty Bed Blues / Guess Who I Saw Today / If You Can Beat Me Rocking / Workin' And Lovin' Together / Rip Off / When A Man Loves A Woman / If I'm Good Enough To Love (I'm Good Enough To Marry) / You've Got To Save Me
-- UK edition: Hot Wax SHW 5009, 1973/cd reissue: ZYX 5152, 2001 --
6/1972 US
CHESS/JANUS CH 50031 LOVE MORE THAN PRIDE  (LP)
Mama's Got A Good Thing / Another Man's Woman / It Ain't What You Do (But How You Do It) / She Don't Love You / It's All Wrong But It's Alright / I Need To Belong To Someone / Dirty Old Man / But You Know I Love You / That's How It Is / It's How You Make It Good / Love More Than Pride
1972 US/UK
INVICTUS KZ-33133 I CAN'T MAKE IT ALONE  (LP)
I Can't Make It Alone / Don't Leave Me Starving For Your Love / We've Come Too Far To Walk Away / Every Little Bit Hurts / Crumbs Off The Table / I Need It Just As Bad As You / (If You Want To Try Love Again) Remember Me / Mirror Of Your Soul
-- cd reissues: P-Vine PCD-5153, 200? JPN/ZYX 5153, 2001 --
3/1974 US
MYRRH MSB-6722 JESUS IS THE LIGHT OF MY LIFE  (LP)
Shoes / I'll Fly Away / God Will Take Care Of You / Jesus Is The Light Of My Life / Look For Tomorrow / Beams Of Heaven / The Greatest Story / What Would Happen To Me / Jesus Will Fix It
1983 US
CIRCLE CITY RECORDS/BECKET BCC-017 LAURA LEE WITH ETERNAL LIGHT: ALL POWER  (LP)
Brand New Me / All Power / Just One Touch / God Bless America / Since I Made Up My Mind / Where God Is / Bye And Bye / How I Love You
1984 US




COLLECTIONS

HOT WAX HA-715 THE BEST OF LAURA LEE  (LP)
Crumbs Off The Table / Love And Liberty / Woman's Love Rights / If You Can Beat Me Rockin' (You Can Have My Chair) / Rip Off / Since I Fell For You / At Last My Love Has Come Along / Guess Who I Saw Today
-- reissue?: IQP-80790, 19?? JPN/cd reissue: Collectables 8668, 2008 US --
3/1973 US
DEMON/HDH 003 THE RIP OFF  (LP)
Wedlock Is A Padlock / Women's Love Rights / I Don't Want Nothing Old (But Money) / Love & Liberty / Two Lovely Pillows / (Dont Be Sorry) Be Careful If You Cant Be Good / If I'm Good Enough To Love(I'm Good Enough To Marry) / Rip Off / If You Cant Beat Me Rockin' (You Can Have My Chair) / (If You Want To Try To Love Again) Remember Me / Workin' & Lovin' Together / I'll Catch You When You Fall / I Can't Hold On Much Longer / I Need It Just As Bad As You
1983 UK
P-VINE PLP-6017/8 UP TIGHT GOOD WOMAN  (2-LP)
Hang It Up / It's How You Make It Good / Dirty Man / Up Tight Good man / Wanted: Lover, No Experience Necessary / A Man Will Break Your Heart / He Will Break Your Heart / As Long As I Got You / Need To Belong / It's Mighty Hard / Mama's Got A Good Thing / Love More Than Pride / Stop Giving Your Man Away / You Need Me / It's All Wrong / Sure As Sin / Another Man's Woman / Another Man's Woman (alt. take) / It Ain't What You Do / That's How It Is / Meet Love Halfway / I Don't Need You / Dirty Old Man (alt. version) / Dirty Old Man (alt. version) / Dirty Old Man (alt. version) / But You Know I Love You / Are You Doing Me Wrong
1984 JPN
CHESS/WEA WMC5-239 LOVE MORE THAN BRIDE  (CD)
Dirty Old Man / Dirty Old Man (extended version) / Need To Belong / Wanted: Lover, No Experience Necessary / Uptight Good Man / She Will Break Your Heart / Sure As Sin / It's All Wrong But It's All Right / As Long As I Got You / Man With Some Backbone / Another Man's Woman / It's How You Make It Good / Hang It Up / It Ain't What You Do (But How You Do It) / That's How It Is / But You Know I Love You / Mama's Got A Good Thing / Love More Than Pride
1990? US
MCA/CHESS CHD-93005 THAT'S HOW IT IS : THE CHESS YEARS  (CD)
Are You Doing Me Wrong / Need To Belong / Dirty Man / As Long As I Got You / That's How It Is / She Will Break Your Heart / It's All Wrong But It's Alright/ It's How You Make It Good / A Man With Some Backbone / Love More Than Pride / Wanted: Lover, No Experience Necessary / Hang It Up / It's Mighty Hard / It Ain't What You Do (But How You Do It) / Up Tight, Good Man (alt. mix)
1991 US
SEQUEL 025 LOVE'S RIGHTS & WRONGS  (CD)
Woman's Love Rights / I Can't Hold On Much Longer / Workin' And Lovin' Together / Her Picture Matches Mine / Be Careful If You Can't Be Good / Two Lovely Pillows / Love And Liberty / I Don't Want Nothin' Old But Money / I'll Catch You When You Fall / Rip Off / Remember Me / You've Got To Save Me / Wedlock Is A Padlock / If You Can Beat Me Rockin' / I Need It Just As Bad As You / We've Come Too Far To Walk Away / If I'm Good Enough To Love / I Can't Make It Alone / It's Not What You Fall For / Mirror Of Your Soul / I Need It Just As Bad As You / At Last / Every Little Bit Hurts / Guess Who I Saw Today / That's How Strong My Love Is / Since I Fell For You / When A Man Loves A Woman / Crumbs Off The Table / Don't Leave Me Starving For Your Love
1997 UK
FANTASY HCD-3903-2 LAURA LEE'S GREATEST HITS  (CD)
Rip Off / Women's Love Rights / Love And Liberty / Her Picture Matches Mine / Two Lovely Pillows / You've Got To Save Me / I Can't Hold On Much Longer / Crumbs Off The Table / Since I Fell For You / Wedlock Is A Padlock / I'll Catch You When You Fall / If You Can Beat Me Rockin' (You Can Have My Chair) / If I'm Good Enuff To Love (I'm Good Enough To Marry)
1990 US
EMI-CAPITOL SPECIAL MARKETS 37091 THE BEST OF LAURA LEE  (CD)
Women's Love Rights / If You Can Beat Me Rockin' (You Can Have My Chair) / Love And Liberty / Since I Fell For You / Wedlock Is A Padlock / Rip Off / Crumbs Off The Table / Two Lovely Pillows / I'll Catch You When You Fall / I Need It Just As Bad As You
2002 US
HOT WAX/CASTLE CMDDD 600 WOMEN'S LOVE RIGHTS - THE HOT WAX ANTHOLOGY  (2-CD)
Wedlock Is A Padlock / Her Picture Matches Mine / I Don't Want Nothing Old (But Money) / Love And Liberty / (Don't Be Sorry) Be Careful If You Can't Be Good / It's Not What You Fall For, It's What You Stand For / Since I Fell For You, Pts. 1-2 / Two Lovely Pillows / That's How Strong My Love Is / Rip Off / If I'm Good Enough To Love (I'm Good Enough To Marry) / If You Can Beat Me Rockin' (You Can Have My Chair) / Crumbs Off The Table / At Last / You've Got To Save Me / Every Little Bit Hurts / Guess Who I Saw Today? / Workin' And Lovin' Together / When A Man Loves A Woman / (If You Want To Try To Love Again) Remember Me / I'll Catch You When You Fall / I Can't Hold On Much Longer / I Need It Just As Bad As You / Don't Leave My Starving For Your Love / I Can't Make It Alone / We've Come Too Far To Walk Away / Mirror Of Your Soul / I Need It Just As Bad As You (demo version)
2002 UK
UNIVERSAL/CHESS 983 229-4 THE CHESS COLLECTION - CHESS ORIGINAL MASTER  (CD)
Mama's Got A Good Thing / Another Man's Woman / It Ain't What You Do (But How You Do It) / She Don't Love You / It's All Wrong But It's All Right / Need To Belong / Dirty Man / But You Know I Love You / That's How It Is / It's How You Make It Good / Love More Than Pride / Are You Doing Me Wrong / As Long As I Got You / She Will Break Your Heart / Man With Some Backbone / Wanted: Lover, No Experience Necessary / Hang It Up / It's Mighty Hard / Uptight Good Man / You Need Me / Stop Giving Your Man Away
2006 UK




COMPILATIONS

HOT WAX HA-710 V/A: HOT WAX GREATEST HITS  (LP)  
Women's Love Rights
1972 US
GRT 2103-705 V/A: BASIC BLACK  (2-LP)  
Dirty Man
1975 US
MCA/CHESS CHD-31318 V/A: THE BEST OF CHESS R&B, VOL.2  (CD)  
Dirty Man
1987/
1990 US 
MCA/CHESS CHD-25210 V/A: HAVE A MERRY CHESS CHRISTMAS  (CD)  
Meditation Singers feat. Laura Lee: Blue Christmas
-- reissue: Universal Special Products 25210, 1995 US --
1988 US 
ROOTS 33036 V/A: BLUES, VOL.2  (CD)  
Need To Belong
1991
TIME LIFE RHD-09 V/A: RHYTHM & BLUES - 1971  (CD)  
Women's Love Rights
1991 US
TIME LIFE RHD-28 V/A: CLASSIC ROCK - ON THE SOUL SIDE II  (CD)  
Dirty Man
1991 US
RHINO R2-70786 V/A: SOUL HITS OF THE '70S - DIDN'T IT BLOW YOUR MIND! VOL.6  (CD)  
Women's Love Rights
1991 US
RHINO R2-70789 V/A: SOUL HITS OF THE '70S - DIDN'T IT BLOW YOUR MIND! VOL.9  (CD)  
Rip Off
1991 US
RHINO R2-71037 V/A: ATLANTIC SISTERS OF SOUL  (CD)  
What A Man
-- reissue: Castle RSA 806, 1994 UK --
1992 US
WARNER BROS./SIRE 2-26731 V/A: SWEET SOUL MUSIC - VOICES FROM THE SHADOWS  (CD)  
Separation Line
1992 US
RHINO R2-71517 V/A: THE MUSCLE SHOALS SOUND  (CD)  
Up Tight, Good Man
1993 US
RHINO R2-71615 V/A: IN YO' FACE! - THE ROOTS OF FUNK, VOL.1/2  (CD)  
Crumbs Off The Table
1994 US
CHARLY CDRB 11 V/A: AMERICAN R&B HITS, VOL.1 - FEELIN' GOOD  (CD)  
Up Tight, Good Man
1994 UK
ICHIBAN/SOUL CLASSICS 2507  V/A: CHEATIN' - FROM A WOMAN'S POINT OF VIEW  (CD)  
Dirty Man
1995 US
RHINO R2-72506 V/A: GO GIRL! - SOUL SISTERS TELLIN' IT LIKE IT IS  (CD)  
Dirty Man / Wedlock Is A Padlock / Women's Love Rights
1996 US
MCA/CHESS CHD-9388 V/A: CHESS SOUL - A DECADE OF CHICAGO'S FINEST  (2-CD)  
Dirty Man
1997 US
TVT 4010 V/A: FELIX HERNANDEZ PRESENTS : RHYTHM REVUE  (2-CD)  
Since I Fell For You
1997 US
HIP-O 40098 V/A: SOULFUL DIVAS, VOL.4 - BOLD SOUL SISTERS  (CD)  
Women's Love Rights
1998 US
FANTASY 315 V/A: HOLLAND DOZER HOLLAND SOLID GOLD - INVICTUS/HOT WAX GOLD COLLECTION, VOLUME 1  (CD)  
I Need It Just As Bad As You
1999 US
FANTASY 316 V/A: HOLLAND DOZER HOLLAND SOLID GOLD - INVICTUS/HOT WAX GOLD COLLECTION, VOLUME 2  (CD)  
Women's Love Rights / If You Can Beat Me Rockin' (You Can Have My Chair)
1999 US
SEQUEL 436 (CD)/SEQUEL-
SANCTUARY 3459 436 1 (LP)
V/A: INVICTUS CLUB CLASSICS  (LP/CD)  
Crumbs Off The Table / If I'm Good Enough To Love (I'm Good Enough To Marry)
1999 UK
SEQUEL 986 V/A: INVICTUS CHARTBUSTERS  (CD)  
Women's Love Rights / Rip Off
1999 UK
KENT CDKEND 186 V/A: THE GIRLS GOT SOUL  (CD)  
Separation Line
2000 UK
HARMLESS 021 V/A: I'M A GOOD WOMAN - FUNK CLASSICS FROM SASSY SOUL SISTERS  (LP/CD)  
Crumbs Off The Table
2000
RHINO 74346 V/A: THE '70S SOUL EXPERIENCE  (6-CD)  
Women's Love Rights
-- reissue: "Can You Dig It? - The '70s Soul Experience", Disky 901793, 2004 --
2001 US
SIMPLY THE BEST 99219 V/A: FUNKIN' ON THE 1  (5-CD)  
If You Can't Beat Me Rockin' (You Can Have My Chair)
2001
MOJO/CHESS 9830154 V/A: CHESS TEARJERKERS  (CD)  
She Will Break Your Heart / Need To Belong / It's Mighty Hard
2005 UK
MOJO/CHESS 9830155 V/A: MOJO CHESS SOUL SISTERS  (CD)  
Dirty Man / It's How You Make It Good
2005 UK
METRO 157 V/A: MORE SATURDAY NIGHT SOUL  (CD)  
Crumbs Off The Table
2005 UK
P-VINE PCD-4288 V/A: GROOVIN' AIRLINES  (CD)  
Rip Off
2006 JPN
RHINO 77626 V/A: ATLANTIC UNEARTHED - SOUL SISTERS  (CD)  
What A Man
2006 US
VELOUR 705 V/A: ZEALOUS RECORDS PRESENTS : SOUL SIDES, VOLUME TWO - THE COVERS  (LP)  
What A Man
2007
PULSE 613 V/A: SOUL DISCO - DANCE FLOOR GROOVES  (CD)  
Women's Love Rights
2008 UK
SPECTRUM MUSIC 113085 V/A: CHESS DIVAS  (CD)  
Dirty Man / Uptight Good Man
2008 GER
KENT KENTBOX 10 V/A: TAKE ME TO THE RIVER - A SOUTHERN SOUL STORY 1961-1977  (3-CD)  
Dirty Man
2008 UK


In addition, Laura Lee was a member of The Meditation Singers from 1956 (after Della Reese had left the group) until the late 1960's. Besides their own recordings on House of Beauty (HOB), D-Town, SAR, Checker and Jewel, The Meditation Singers were commonly used as session background vocalists (including various 1950's Specialty recordings by James Cleveland, LP "Amen!"/Jubilee 1083 by Della Reese, "Mustang Sally"/Blue Rock Records by Sir Mack Rice's and several Ric-Tic recordings in Detroit by Andre Williams, Edwin Starr, etc.).




                                                      

© Compiled by Pete Hoppula

Published sources: Goldmine Standard Catalog Of Rhythm & Blues Records (Tim Neely, 2002) | Billboard Top R&B Singles (Joel Whitburn, 1988) | Billboard Top 100 Singles (Joel Whitburn, 1994) | Blues News 5/1984 | Blues News 1/1987 | Rare Record Price Guide 2004 (Record Collector, 2002) 

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