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Jimmy Radcliffe was a NYC soul singer, composer, arranger, conductor, and record producer. Born in Harlem, he is well recognized for his 'message songs' about growing, striving and surviving the realities of living in Harlem. Throughout his short yet illustrious career, Radcliffe’s accomplishments spanned all sectors of soul music. As a vocalist, Radcliffe enjoyed tenure as one of NYC’s busiest session vocalists, performing demos and backing tracks for the likes of Burt Bacharach, Hal David, Glora Shayne, and Cissy Houston. From 1965, Radcliffe became the first African-American artist to write, produce, and sing in the advertising industry; at the time of his death, he’d worked on over 200 television and radio commercials. During this same time in the famous Brill Building, Radcliffe wrote and produced for artists such as Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Etta James, and Pat Lundy.

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