When Gloria Lynne was growing up in Harlem, like so many
of her peers, life revolved around music. The icons---Sarah
Vaughan, Carmen Mc Fitzgerald---were the revered singers
of the time and were Gloria's idols.
Lynne began singing as a very small child in the local
Mother African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, but she
was also interested in secular music. She entered
numerous amateur talent contests, including one at the
famed Apollo theatre, which she won, and these helped to
attract attention. Although she studied music for five years,
much of her learning was gained through gigging with jazz
musicians including Quincy Jones, Bobby Timmons, Philly
Joe Jones and Harry "Sweets" Edison.
She began making records and in the early 60s had minor
hits with "June Night", "Love I Found You" and a big one with
"I Wish You Love", a recording that did much to establish