Marva Whitney of Kansas City, Kan., is most famous for the time she spent in the James Brown Revue, during which Brown nicknamed her “Soul Sister No. 1.” She later recorded as a solo artist on his label, King Records. Her biggest hit was released in 1969: “It’s My Thing (You Can’t Tell Me Who to Sock It To),” a response to the Isley Brothers’ hit “It’s Your Thing.”
Marva Whitney of Kansas City, Kan., is most famous for the time she spent in the James Brown Revue, during which Brown nicknamed her “Soul Sister No. 1.” She later recorded as a solo artist on his label, King Records. Her biggest hit was released in 1969: “It’s My Thing (You Can’t Tell Me Who to Sock It To),” a response to the Isley Brothers’ hit “It’s Your Thing.” File photo
Marva Whitney of Kansas City, Kan., is most famous for the time she spent in the James Brown Revue, during which Brown nicknamed her “Soul Sister No. 1.” She later recorded as a solo artist on his label, King Records. Her biggest hit was released in 1969: “It’s My Thing (You Can’t Tell Me Who to Sock It To),” a response to the Isley Brothers’ hit “It’s Your Thing.” File photo
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