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Lani Groves

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Singer of R&B/Soul
A.k.a. Lenni Groves

Vocalist. Best known for her background vocal work with Stevie Wonder during the 1970s. Daughter of Ervin Groves Lani (sometimes billed as Lennie or Lenni Groves) was among the artists signed to GME. Father and daughter recorded together for the A-side of the 1962 GME single "Teenage Party" b/w "Bucket O' Blood," the latter track one of Groves' partly spoken-word songs that some feel constitute early rap efforts. Lani also recorded under her own name, singing her dad's music and/or backed by the Ervin Groves Trio, including "I Feel Pretty" b/w "You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You" (on her dad's GME label). Her single "Sweet Sixteen" b/w "Fool For a Day" (as Lenni Groves) features both songs written by her dad. Groves' wife Lei and another daughter, Kim, sometimes sang on recordings as well.

     
Instruments
  • Backing Vocals
  • Vocals
Genres
  • R&B/Soul
  • Jazz
  • Pop
  • Electronic
  • Rock
Popular Tracks   
Mr. Bojangles (arr. D. Matthews) on Phillips, Esther: Fa Fa Fa by Esther Phillips
Sunset Strip on The Soulful Side of GME & Musette Records by Various Artists
It's All in the Game (arr. D. Matthews) on Phillips, Esther: Fa Fa Fa by Esther Phillips
Goin' in Circles (arr. D. Matthews) on Phillips, Esther: Fa Fa Fa by Esther Phillips
Mama Said (arr. D. Matthews) on Phillips, Esther: Fa Fa Fa by Esther Phillips
I'm So Proud on People Get Ready: A Tribute To Curtis Mayfield by Various Artists
Shake This Off (arr. D. Matthews) on Phillips, Esther: Fa Fa Fa by Esther Phillips
Nowhere to Run (arr. D. Matthews) on Phillips, Esther: Fa Fa Fa by Esther Phillips
A Way to Say Goodbye on Phillips, Esther: Fa Fa Fa by Esther Phillips
It's A Man's, Man's Man's World on Blues For The Midnight Hour by Various Artists

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Band Members
Discography
Title Artist Year Type
Bringing It HomeDarlene Love & Lani Groves1992Album
Composer In ParadiseErvin Groves Featuring Lani GrovesAlbum
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