Barbara and the Uniques

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In 1970, five years after her girl group the Duettes issued their last single, Barbara Livsey returned to recording with sister Gwen Livsey, and Doris Lindsey as Barbara and the Uniques. Livsey was half…
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In 1970, five years after her girl group the Duettes issued their last single, Barbara Livsey returned to recording with sister Gwen Livsey, and Doris Lindsey as Barbara and the Uniques. Livsey was half of the Duettes who recorded for One-derful, M-Pac, and Mar-V-Lus Records. This time she benefits from a crack Eugene Record production for their first release on New Chicago Sound Records, "There It Goes Again," in October 1970. New Chicago Sound was short lived and Arden Records entered the picture for national distribution; it became a solid entry on Billboard's R&B chart, and the biggest single of Barbara Livsey's career. Two more Arden singles followed: but neither "You're Gonna Make Me Cheat On You" b/w "I'll Never Let You Go," nor "You Make Me Feel So Young Again" b/w "Take Me As I Am," 1971 products, came close to duplicating the success of "There It Goes Again."

In 1972, Abbot Records issued "He's Gone" b/w "Take Me as I Am," but it only received local play; discouraged, Gwen and Doris quit, but Barbara carried on as Barbara Blake & the Uniques (three male vocalists) on 20th Century Records in 1974. Their first release "Prize Possession" b/w "It's Not That Easy," stiffed; as did, "Teach Me" b/w "Everlasting Thrill." A final release "I Need Your Love So Bad" b/w "Let Me Down Easy," in 1975 never got recognized. When the 20th Century deal ended, Barbara Livsey-Blake called it quits, this time for good. She had been recording since 1963, giving it her all with only one R&B hit to show for her efforts.