Jan Bradley (b. July 6, 1943) is a former R&B/soul singer and songwriter with a clear, sweet soprano who became famous during the early 1960s. She is best known for the upbeat "Mama Didn't Lie" (1963).
Born Addie Bradley in Byhalia, Mississippi and raised in Robbins, Illinois, she was discovered in her teens by Phil Upchurch's manager, Don Talty, while performing in a talent show at her high school. After graduation, she auditioned for Curtis Mayfield and released her debut single, a cover of the Mayfield-penned "We Girls," which became a regional hit in the Midwest. Several more singles followed on Talty's Formal Records label before she was signed to Chess.
Jan Bradley debuted nationally in early 1963 with the Curtis Mayfield-penned "Mama Didn't Lie," which made the R&B Top 10 and Pop/Rock Top 20 and became her biggest hit. Mayfield and Chess then got into a legal dispute over the publishing rights to Mayfield's songs and as a result, Bradley was no longer able to work with him. She then had minor hits with "Baby What Can I Do" (1963) and "These Tears" (1963) and released her final charting song in 1965, "I'm Over You," a Top 40 R&B hit she co-wrote with Talty.
Jan Bradley stopped performing professionally in the early 1970s to raise a family and later became a social worker. She remains a longtime favorite among fans of Northern soul in the U.K.
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- Mama Didn't Lie 1963
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