The Raelettes

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The Raelettes

The Raelettes were a girl group in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, formed, as their name suggests, to provide backing vocals for Ray Charles.

Its membership originally consisted of Darlene McCrea, Margie Hendricks, Patricia Lyles, and Gwendolyn Berry. Later members included Mable John, Merry Clayton, Clydie King, Minnie Riperton, Susaye Greene, Dorothy Berry, Beverly LeSure and Rita Graham who recorded the album Rita Graham Vibrations produced by Ray Charles on his Tangerine label, the only major recording production Ray Charles produced on a single female artist on that label. Of Margie Hendricks, Ray Charles said, "Aretha, Gladys, Etta James--these gals are all bad, but on any given night, Margie will scare you to death." The 1980s' set of Raelettes included Avis Harrell, Madlyne Qubeck, Estella Yarbrough, Trudy Cohran, Janice Mitchell, Pat Peterson and Alexandra 'Alex' Brown, who had a minor hit with the single "(Come On,) Shout", which was featured on the soundtrack of the movie Girls Just Want to Have Fun. The 1990s' set of Raelettes included Paula Moye, Angela Workman and Tracey Whitney.

Although they never gained fame for their singles, they had a number of pop and R&B hits and several have gone on to promising solo careers. Before becoming the Raelettes, the group were known as The Cookies. The group's name was on occasions also spelled as The Raelets or Raeletts.


  • "One Hurt Deserves Another" (#76 Pop/ #24 R&B))
  • "I Want To (Do Everything For You)" (#96 Pop/ #39 R&B)
  • "Bad Water" (#58 Pop/ #40 R&B)
  • "I've Been Gett'n Long Alright" (#23 R&B)
  • "I Want To Thank You" (#47 R&B)0.0.0.
  • "Leave My Man Alone"


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