Amy & Leslie

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Luscious vocal harmonies made Amy Fradon and Leslie Ritter much-demanded session singers in the early 1980s. Their vocals were heard on recordings by Orleans, Rick Danko, John Sebastian, the Fabulous…
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Luscious vocal harmonies made Amy Fradon and Leslie Ritter much-demanded session singers in the early 1980s. Their vocals were heard on recordings by Orleans, Rick Danko, John Sebastian, the Fabulous Rhinestones and Happy & Artie Traum. On their own, the two singer/songwriters collaborated on six albums during the nine years that they worked as a duo. Fradon -- whose father was a well-known cartoonist for New Yorker magazine and the illustrator of the Brenda Starr comic strip -- was the prime songwriter and lead vocalist of the duo. A native of New York, Fradon initially pursued an interest in modern dance, studying choreography at New York University. Auditioning for the school's folk music coffeehouse, the Rathskeller, on a whim, she was hired for her first musical performance. Moving to Woodstock, New York in the mid-1970s, Fradon sang harmony in a band of session players including Robbie Dupree, Cane Roberts (the Alice Cooper Band), Eric Parker (the Joe Cocker Band) and Gary Bonner (the Turtles).

Fradon first sang with Ritter in a short-lived band, Amy and the Shoppers. After touring with the national company of Pump Boys & Dinettes, Fradon reunited with Ritter in a duo, Amy & Leslie, whose six albums included Delphys: Ocean Born, featuring poems and chants by Cathie Malach and Kim Rosen, and Flyin' on the Wings of Heaven, featuring poetry and songs by Judi Bachrach.

The duo reached their commercial apex with their final album, Take Me Poem, in 1993. Financed by contributions from fans, the album, which sold more than 20,000 copies, included Fradon and Ritter's unique renditions of songs by John Lennon and Paul McCartney ("Rain") and Jon Anderson of Yes ("Your Move").

Since the breakup of the duo, Fradon has continued to perform as a soloist. Her solo debut, Bootleg, Amy Fradon Live!, was released in 1996.