The Cute-Teens (Detroit)
1959 - When My Teenage Days Are Over / From This Day Forward (Aladdin 3458)
Raynoma was born to Lucille and Ashby Mayberry and raised in Black Bottom, a Detroit ghetto, until her father’s income as a janitor at Cadillac’s headquarters enabled them to move to a better neighbourhood. At Cass technical school she played the viola in the school symphony orchestra. She also played the piano and the harp, studied theory, composition, harmony and arrangement, and sang in school and church choirs. Her first husband, Charles Liles, was a saxophonist; they married in 1955 and had a son, Cliff, divorcing after two years together.
She was performing with her sister Alice as a singing duo called Alice and Ray and it was after winning a talent contest at the Twenty Grand club in Detroit that they were introduced to Berry Gordy. He granted them an audition at his house. Berry Gordy was impressed by her perfect pitch and by her suggestions for improving musical arrangements, devising introductions and fleshing out harmonies. She and her sister became the nucleus of a group called the Teen Queens, later the Cute-Teens with Marlene Nero and an old flame of Berrys called Mamie,
Raynoma Mayberry & Berry Gordy
Berry Gordy produced a single, From This Day Forward, leased to the Aladdin label in 1958. When Gordy released the first record on his Tamla label, Marv Johnson’s Come to Me, in the early weeks of 1959, there was a credit for the Rayber Voices, a backing choir that Raynoma had assembled and which would be heard on several early Motown records. After the birth of their child, Kerry, and his divorce from his previous wife was final, Ray and Berry Gordy were married.
When My Teenage Days Are Over From This Day Forward
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