Forgotten Treasures

Forgotten Treasure: Penny Goodwin “Too Soon You’re Old” (1974)

Soul & Funk

via Athens of the North: Here we have for the first time, the full version of the Jazz-Funk classic LP track ‘Too Soon Your Old’ cut to 45, essential!

Penny Goodwin grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin singing in church with Al Jarreau, doing weddings, talent competitions and bar mitzvahs. When she left school she started singing in popular mob run clubs such as Alfie’s, Sardino’s, and King’s Four graduating to clubs in Chicago and Caesar’s Palace in Vegas. Despite her huge talent only this one studio LP exists, a mix of covers by Marvin Gaye, Gil Scott Heron plus original songs by herself and manager Sy Lefco. The LP also featuring strings by members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and jazz guitar legend Phil Upchurch. One of the great american jazz vocal LP’s by Milwaukee’s unsung queen of jazz.


The three tracks were taken from her original LP entitled “Portrait of a Gemini” released in 1974 on Sidney Records.

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