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Ruby Turner (born 22 June 1958, Montego Baymarker, Jamaicamarker) is a Britishmarker soul singer, songwriter and actress. In a career spanning a quarter of a century, Turner has had hit albums and singles on both sides of the Atlanticmarker, and provided backing vocals for major popular music stars. Her acting career has seen Turner appear on stage, film and television.



Turner moved to Handsworthmarker, Birminghammarker, Englandmarker when she was nine years old, in 1967. In the early 1980s Turner got to work with Alexis Korner. In 1983, she had appeared on records with UB40. Her major break came in 1986, when she provided backing vocals on Culture Club's From Luxury to Heartache album, and a solo recording contract with Jive Records followed.

Turner has performed with Bryan Ferry, UB40, Steve Winwood, Jools Holland and Mick Jagger, as well as writing songs that have been covered by many artists including Lulu, Yazz and Maxi Priest. Between 1986 and 1995, eight of her singles appeared in the UK Singles Chart with "I'd Rather Go Blind" being the most successful reaching number 24 in 1987. Turner performed at the Birmingham Heart Beat 86 concert which featured George Harrison, and she also sang in Jools Holland's Hootenanny, an annual New Year's music programme for BBC Television, on both the 2007/08 and 2008/09 editions.

Her first album, Women Hold Up Half The Sky, was released in 1986, to critical acclaim. Other albums were released over the next few years, and included such hits as "If You're Ready " (a duet with Jonathan Butler with a cover version of the Staple Singers' song) and "I'd Rather Go Blind". She also had a USmarker R&B chart number 1 hit single "It's Gonna Be Alright", one of less than ten British made records to achieve this. Turner amassed four hits in the US R&B chart between 1986 and 1991. In March 1987, Turner sang on the Ferry Aid single, "Let It Be". Around this time Turner also released her hit album, The Motown Songbook, on which she performed with Motown stars including The Four Tops, The Temptations and Jimmy Ruffin. Turner guested on Corey Hart's 1988 album, Young Man Running with a duet on the track, "Spot You in a Coalmine". In 2001 Turner provided backing vocals on Mick Jagger's album, Goddess in the Doorway. Turner presented a documentary on Sister Rosetta Tharpe for BBC Radio 2 called Shout Sister Shout in 2007.

In 2008 Turner sang on Seasick Steve's album, I Started Out With Nothin and i Still Got Most of it Left. In September 2009, Turner released her first gospel music album, I'm Travelling On.


As an actress, she has appeared in productions of A Streetcar Named Desire, Carmen Jones, Fame, as well as One Love at the Londonmarker's Lyric Theatremarker, Hammersmithmarker. Turner also had a small part in the English film, Love Actually. On 12 October 2007, Turner appeared as a guest star (as herself) in the BBC One soap opera, Doctors. The episode title was entitled "Raising The Roof".

Her most recent theatre appearance was a successful run in the London West Endmarker production of Simply Heavenly. The musical won several awards, and was nominated for the 'Outstanding Musical' at the 2005 Laurence Olivier Awards.

In 2009 Turner appeared in the BBC drama, Hotel Babylon.

Album discography

  • Women Hold Up Half the Sky (1986) - UK #47
  • Live at Glastonbury (1986)
  • The Motown Songbook (1988) - UK #22
  • Paradise (1989) - UK #74, #194 US Billboard 200
  • The Other Side (1991)
  • The Best of Ruby Turner (1992)
  • Responsible (1993)
  • With Love (1993)
  • Restless Moods (1994)
  • The Best of.. (1995)
  • Guilty (1996)
  • Call Me By My Name (1998)
  • Live in Bristol (2001)
  • So Amazing (2005)
  • Live At Ronnie Scott's (2007) (double live album)
  • The Informer (2008)
  • I'm Travelling On (2009)

See also



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