Ruby Turner

Born 22 June 1958.
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Jools Holland and Ruby Turner play live for Simon

Simon is joined for some live music by Jools Holland and Ruby Turner.

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Biography

Ruby Turner (born 22 June 1958) is a Jamaican R&B and soul singer, songwriter and actress. Born in Montego Bay, Jamaica, she moved at the age of nine with her family to Handsworth, Birmingham, England. She is best known for her albums and single releases on both sides of the Atlantic, and has sung backing vocals for others such as Bryan Ferry, UB40, Steel Pulse, Steve Winwood, Jools Holland and Mick Jagger, as well as writing songs that have been covered by many artists including Lulu, Yazz and Maxi Priest. She achieved the rare feat, for a British singer, of reaching no. 1 on the US R&B chart, with "It's Gonna Be Alright" in February 1990.

Between 1986 and 1995, eight of her singles appeared in the UK Singles Chart with "I'd Rather Go Blind" being the most successful reaching no. 24 in 1987. Turner performed at the Birmingham Heart Beat 86 concert, which featured George Harrison; and also sang on BBC Television's Jools Holland's Hootenanny, from 2007 to 2013 inclusive. She has also appeared as an actress on stage, film and television.

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