The 1975 hit song was composed by Minnie and husband Richard Rudolph as a lullaby to their daughter, Maya Rudolph, now actress and comedian, when she was a baby. Showcasing Minnie’s five-octave vocal range, “Lovin’ You” was the singer’s most famous song.

According to Wikipedia, Minnie sang “Maya, Maya, Maya” toward the end of an unedited version of the chart-topping tune. When the soul singer was diagnosed with breast cancer and was told that she had about six months to live, she included her son, Marc (whose nickname is Ringo), when she sang “Lovin’ You” in her last concert performances: “Maya, Maya, Ringo, Maya.”

Minnie Ripperton’s Real Reason For ‘Loving You”  was originally published on

1 2Next page »