Kitty & the Haywoods were a Chicago-based female vocal group composed of lead singer Kitty Haywood (a onetime member of the New Rotary Connection), her sisters Vivian and Mary Ann, and -- beginning in 1976 -- Vivian's daughter Cynthia. Starting out as commercial jingle singers, the group backed Curtis Mayfield on his Never Say You Can't Survive LP in 1977. However, their real mentors were the Ohio Players, who wrote and produced their debut album, Love Shock, in 1977; naturally, it was issued on the Players' home label, Mercury. The title track became Kitty & the Haywoods' only chart single, brushing the lower reaches of the R&B side. A few years passed, and the group returned on Capitol in 1981 with a second album, Excuse Me, I've Got a Life to Catch. It failed to sell well, spelling the end of their career.
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