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Ruth Copeland


A blues folksinger given birth to in Durham, Britain, Ruth Copeland initial found attention after marrying Jeffrey Bowen, an employee manufacturer at Motown. When Bowen implemented songwriters Holland-Dozier-Holland to their very own Invictus label in 1970, Copeland was one of is own initial signings as she became a member of the fledgling vocal group New Play to be the label’s initial white performer. Collaborating with Edith Wayne and upcoming P-Funk manufacturer Ron Dunbar, Copeland composed “Music Container,” New Play’s debut one, and the next ever Invictus discharge. Nevertheless, the group split up immediately after its discharge and Copeland started arranging a single profession. She also struck up an improbable relationship with George Clinton and became a massively important drive on Parliament’s debut record, 1971’s Osmium. Not merely do she co-produce the periods, she also composed what stay two of the very most bizarre (and decidedly unfunky) music for the reason that band’s entire repertoire, the haunting “Small Old Country Guy” and “The Silent Boatman.” Two additional songs, “CAN BE FOUND IN From the Rainfall” (co-written with Clinton) and “Break down” (with Clinton and Clyde Wilson) made an appearance as Parliament singles in 1971 and 1972. Copeland’s relationship with Clinton normally flowed into her single profession. Viewed today being a digital twin of Osmium, her Personal Portrait debut highlighted efforts from Eddie Hazel, Lucius Ross, Bernie Worrell, Billy “Bass” Nelson, Tiki Fulwood, and Clinton himself, as the co-writes included a fresh version from the epic “The Silent Boatman. Later 1971 brought the discharge of Copeland’s second record, I Am What I Am, documented with lots of the same music artists as its forerunner, only now these were her very own band. Within an unusual twist, Hazell, Worrell, Fulwood, and Nelson acquired all quit Parliament/Funkadelic, but continued to be together to back again Copeland, first within the studio and on tour as she marketed the record. The tour was successful; the shows had been solid as well as the viewers receptive. However, Copeland quickly discovered herself within an unpleasant position. Touring simply because support to Sly Rock, she had taken to presenting her band simply because Funkadelic — very much towards the headliner’s annoyance. The final straw arrived when she allowed the music group to take among her encores. Rock insisted she possibly keep the tour or lose the music group. She dropped the band. Pursuing her single achievement in 1971 and 1972, Copeland faded through the spotlight. She’d re-emerge briefly in 1976 with her third recording, Consider Me to Baltimore, nonetheless it do small and she once again retreated into darkness.

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Full Name Ruth Copeland
Date Of Birth 1946
Profession Singer
Nationality English
Music Groups Parliament
Music Songs The Silent Boatman, Your Love Been So Good To Me, Play With Fire, I Got a Thing for You Daddy, Thanks For The Birthday Card, To William In The Night, Suburban Family Lament, A Gift Of Me, Don't You Wish You Had, Prologue / Child of the North, The Music Box, Hare Krishna, Crying Has Made Me Stronger, The Medal, No Commitment, Un Bel Di, Take Me To Baltimore, Win Or Lose, Some Hearts Need To Sing The Blues, Milky Way Man, Oh Baby, If You Don't Want My Love, Here You Come Again, Senses, Heaven, Hare Crishna, Cliches
Albums The Clones of Dr. Funkenstein, Mothership Connection, Up for the Down Stroke, I Am What I Am, Self Portrait, Take Me to Baltimore

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1 Daughter of Augusta Miller and Isidore Miller.
2 Replaced Polly Bergen in the musical stage production of "Camille Claudel" at the Goodspeed. [July 2007]
3 She and her former sister-in-law Marilyn Monroe were both born on June 1: in 1922 and 1926 respectively.
4 Sister-in-law of Inge Morath.
5 Prominent actress of the Broadway stage for over six decades. She made her debut in "Romeo and Juliet" in 1945 and played Desdemona in "Othello" the following year.
6 Her father was a Jewish woman's clothes manufacturer and mother a schoolteacher/housewife.
7 Has graced a number of daytime soap operas over time, including Search for Tomorrow (1951), Love of Life (1951) (in which she played twins), The Edge of Night (1956), One Life to Live (1968), How to Survive a Marriage (1974) and As the World Turns (1956).
8 The recipient of numerous stage awards in her later career, she won the Drama Desk Award for her stage work in "The American Clock" (1980) (which was written by her brother); the Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for "Brighton Beach Memoirs" (1983), and the Obie Award for "The American Plan" (1990).
9 Aunt of Rebecca Miller and Robert A. Miller.
10 Younger sister of Arthur Miller.



How to Survive a Marriage 1974 TV Series Monica Courtland (entire run)
Search for Tomorrow 1970-1972 TV Series Andrea Whiting
The Reason Why 1970 Short Charles's Wife (voice, uncredited)
The Defenders 1964 TV Series Phyllis Maxwell
The Patty Duke Show 1964 TV Series Joan Hollis
Naked City 1962 TV Series Beverly Lewine
Armstrong Circle Theatre 1957-1962 TV Series Patti Webster / Mrs. Crandall / Mrs. Hermann / ...
Play of the Week 1960 TV Series Cora
The Iceman Cometh 1960 TV Movie Cora
Middle of the Night 1959 Lillian
Kraft Theatre 1958 TV Series Louise Carella
The Goddess 1958 Alice Marie
The Edge of Night 1956 TV Series Mary Appleman (1959-1960)
General Electric Theater 1955 TV Series Nina
The Web 1952-1953 TV Series
Campbell Summer Soundstage 1953 TV Series
Pulitzer Prize Playhouse 1952 TV Series
Love of Life 1951 TV Series Maggie Porter (1960-1962) / Kay Logan (1962-1963)
Suspense 1950 TV Series Louisa Hackett
The Garden's Defining Moments 2016 TV Mini-Series
Love Is Like Life But Longer 2011 Short Old nun
Mafia II 2010 Video Game Mamma (voice)
The Private Lives of Pippa Lee 2009 Piano Player
The Last Request 2006/I Alice Rudolf
Jonny Zero 2005 TV Series Ms. Monroe
Brother Bear 2003 Tanana (voice)
NYPD Blue 2002 TV Series Ramona Dwartz
Law & Order 1991-2001 TV Series Judge Rebecca Stein
The Audrey Hepburn Story 2000 TV Movie Cathleen Nesbitt
The Adventures of Sebastian Cole 1998 Grandmother Cole
The Object of My Affection 1998 Madame Reynolds
The Peacemaker 1997 Senator Helen Bevens
Jungle 2 Jungle 1997 Mrs. Prelot
ER 1995 TV Series Hanna Steiner
One Life to Live 1979-1995 TV Series Selma Hanen / Gwendolyn 'Aunt Gwen' Lord Abbott
Chicago Hope 1994 TV Series Mrs. Thurmond
American Playhouse 1990 TV Series Grandmother
Murder in Black and White 1990 TV Movie Mrs. Finkelstein
Her Alibi 1989 Audrey
The Laser Man 1988 Ruth Weiss
CBS Summer Playhouse 1988 TV Series Marion
Happy New Year 1987 Sunny Felix
As the World Turns 1982 TV Series Greta Aldrin
A Little Sex 1982 Kate's Mother Mrs. Harrison
Cagney & Lacey 1981 TV Series Mrs. Friedlander
Nurse 1981 TV Series Beverly Thompson
It's My Turn 1980 Rita
Roseland 1977 Pauline (The Hustle)
All in the Family 1976 TV Series Elizabeth Tannen



The Needs of Kim Stanley Documentary post-production Herself
Intimate Portrait 1996 TV Series documentary Herself
Working in the Theatre 1993 TV Series documentary Herself
Great Performances 1990 TV Series Herself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1984 TV Movie Herself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1963 TV Series Herself - Guest

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