The Ruth, the whole Ruth…

In light of the reissue and reassessment campaigns that have been mounted for artists like Betty Davis, it’s kind of strange to me that no one has thought to do the same for Ruth Copeland.

An English lady with ‘North Sea wildness in her bones’ (her words) Ruth apparently pursued a music career after her mother died, and made her way across the Atlantic in the swinging sixties to Detroit, the Motor City, because she had a sister or brother living there.

(The details on Ruth are pretty hard to come by online, with some speculating she didn’t write her songs.)

She gigged for a while and managed to release a single on Carla Records, albeit under the name Kelly Michaels. This is the b-side, which was produced by label-owner Ollie McLaughlin:

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