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Sundray Tucker

Sundray Tucker (born March 23, 1948 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is the sister of the Supremes member Lynda Laurence.

She is is the eldest daughter of the late Ira Tucker (who was a member of the gospel group "The Dixie Hummingbirds"), Louise Tucker & the sister of Ira Tucker Jr.

Early LifeEdit

Sundray was a member of an earlier version of Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles (who were then called the Ordettes). She later left the group due to troubles in school.

She also performed under the name "Cindy Scott" where her most notable single was the song "I Love You Baby."

In 1967, she joined music group The Three Degrees & performed alongside with Fayette Pinkney & Sheila Ferguson for touring purposes only.

Career With Stevie WonderEdit

Sundray joined her sister Lynda and third member Terri Hendricks on the road as back-up vocalists for Stevie Wonder on a tour to promote his song "Signed, Sealed & Delivered" in late 1969.

The group were known as The Third Generation (which in turned became Stevie's resident backing group, Wonderlove).

Sundray's stay with this group was relatively short-lived as she joined Ernie Terrell and the Heavyweights as the lead vocalist, replacing departing member Jean Terrell.

In 1976, she performed background vocals for Stevie Wonder's album "Songs in the Key of Life" on several tracks (most notably on the track "Ordinary Pain").

Career with The SupremesEdit

Throughout her career, Sundray has held a connection to The Supremes in one way or another.

Starting off in 1962, Sundray left the group The Ordettes and group member Patti LaBelle to be replaced by Cindy Birdsong.

In turn, Cindy would leave the group in 1967 to replace Florence Ballard.

In 1970, Sundray was recruited to replace Jean Terrell from Ernie Terrell and The Heavyweights as lead vocalist of the group. Jean (in her turn) was replacing Diana Ross in The Supremes.

In 1972, Cindy announced that she would be retiring from the group to concentrate on family life and her initial thought as an ideal replacement was Sundray.

She auditioned for the part, but due to contractual obligations was unable to replace Cindy in The Supremes, however her sister Lynda Laurence joined The Supremes with Jean Terrell and Mary Wilson.

Former Ladies of the Supremes (FLOS)Edit

In early 1993, Sundray was approached by Scherrie Payne and Lynda Laurence and was asked to replace departing member Jean Terrell in the Former Ladies of the Supremes.

In March of 1993, she made her stage debut with Lynda and Scherrie on a tour of Japan & quickly established herself as a fan favorite.

The following year, Sundray made her recording debut with the group when she appeared on the autumn release of the album 'Supreme Voices'.

She had one solo lead track "I'm A Fool For Love" as well as sharing lead vocals with Scherrie and Lynda on a remake of George Benson's song "Give Me The Night."

A re-recording of the Supremes classic 1970 hit song "Up The Ladder To The Roof" is another highlight on this album as is the studio version of the song "How Do You Keep The Music Playing."

The following year, another album "Supremely Yours" (this time for British producer Steve Weaver was released)

Sundray was featured on several shared-lead tracks with Scherrie and Lynda (most notably on the song "Feel Like Making Love," "Stop To Love" and another '70s Supremes re-make, "Touch").

Sundray's solo lead vocals on the album include "Stop! I Don't Need No Sympathy," "Never Can Say Goodbye" and "Just Like That."

While with the group, Sundray re-recorded her own hit song "I Love You Baby" which was expected for release on the follow-up album to "Supremely Yours."

The album project was postponed and was ultimately cancelled & in its place, the enormous task of re-recording the Supremes songbook was undertaken by the group.

It has been reported (but not confirmed) that other tracks were recorded by Sundray while she was with the group still await the light of day.

One of the unreleased tracks (composed by Sundray) called "Nervous" was recorded in April of 1996.

In the summer of 1996, Sundray left the FLOS to concentrate on other projects and was subsequently replaced by Freddi Poole.

RevivalEdit

In 1999, it was announced that independent UK label Driving Wheel Records had signed Sundray Tucker.

By this time Sundray had reverted to her earlier stage name of Cindy Scott. The owner & producer David Powner oversaw the creation of the album & providing backing vocals was longtime friend and former Persianette Vera Carey.

In the autumn of 1999, "The Loving Country" was released and received a 4.5 star (out of 5) rating at Allmusic.

In summer 2000, Sundray/Cindy made her UK solo stage debut at the Patshull Golf & Country Club outside Wolverhampton in England.

The show was recorded and subsequently released as a souvenir album to limited release in 2002 under the title "Live and Red Hot."

Cindy's follow-up studio album "The Loving Country 2" was released in 2004.

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