Shorefront Center
Patti Drew
May 03, 2020

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Narrator: Patricia Drew

Interviewer: Morris (Dino) Robinson

Transcriptionist: Audio Transcription Center

Subject-LOC: African Americans — United States — Evanston — Illinois — History 1960-2000 — Housing — Music — Recreation — Segregation — Social Conditions 1964-1975, 1975- —Suburban African Americans — Civil Rights —

Subject-IDA: African Americans Local History Oral History Domestic/Community/Social Life Women

Description: Patricia (Patti) Drew was an American singer, originally part of the singing group, the Drew Vels, the female counterpart to the male group, the DuVals. “Tell Him” was their first hit, written by Carlton Black of the DuVals. Patti later signed a record deal with Capitol Records as a solo act, though on many songs, her sisters from the Drew Vels sang background. On one song, background was vocalist Fontella Bass who later went on to her own fame. Patti retired after her several albums and multiple 45s. An archive of Patti Drew resides at the Shorefront Legacy Center. Shorefront Journal Vol 4, No 3

Date Original: January 20, 2000

Coverage Geographic: 408101|Evanston|Populated Place|IL|17|Cook|031|420228N|0874124W|42.0411414|-87.6900587|||||187|614|

Coverage Temporal: 1950s - 1990s

Type: Sound

Collection Publisher: Shorefront Legacy Center

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