Mitty Lene Collier (born 21 June 1941) is an American church pastor, gospel singer and former rhythm and blues singer. She had quite a few profitable data within the Nineteen Sixties, of which most likely one of the best identified is “I Had A Discuss With My Man”.
Mitty Collier was born in Birmingham, Alabama, the seventh youngster of Rufus and Gertrude Collier, and attended Western-Olin Excessive Faculty, Alabama A & M Faculty and Miles Faculty the place she majored in English. She started singing in church as an adolescent, and toured with gospel teams, the Hayes Ensemble and the Lloyd Reese Singers, earlier than beginning to sing rhythm and blues in native golf equipment to assist subsidise her school training.
In 1959, whereas visiting Chicago, she entered DJ Al Benson’s expertise present on the Regal Theater, successful for six straight weeks and gaining her a slot on a invoice with B. B. King and Etta James as a prize. This introduced her to the eye of Ralph Bass of Chess Information, who provided her a recording contract. She recorded for the Chess label from 1961 to 1968, releasing 15 singles and one album, principally produced by Billy Davis.
Her first report was “Gotta Get Away From It All”, which was not a success. Her first actual success got here in 1963 with “I’m Your Half Time Love”, a solution report to Little Johnny Taylor’s “Half Time Love”. It reached # 20 on the Billboard R&B chart, and was adopted up with “I Had A Discuss With My Man”, a secularised model of James Cleveland’s gospel track “I Had A Discuss With God Final Night time”.
The orchestrated ballad reached # 41 on the Billboard Scorching 100 and # 3 on the Money Field R&B chart, and have become her greatest identified track, later being lined by Dusty Springfield and Shirley Brown amongst others. Her subsequent report, “No Religion, No Love”, was additionally a transforming of a James Cleveland track, and reached # 29 on the Billboard R&B chart and # 91 on the pop chart.
She launched an album, Shades Of A Genius, in 1965. Her final hit, in 1966, was “Sharing You” (# 10 on the R&B chart, # 97 pop). She left Chess in 1968 after recording a single, a brand new model of “Gotta Get Away From It All” recorded at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals with producer Rick Corridor. She then recorded 5 additional singles and an album with William Bell’s Peachtree label in Atlanta, Georgia. Nevertheless, in 1971 she developed polyps on her vocal cords, shedding her singing voice, and gave up her secular music profession.