(Before It's News)
Patti's first single, "Tell Him," hit number 22 on the R&B charts in fall 1967. One year later, her recording of the Neil Sedaka/Roger Atkins song "Workin' on a Groovy Thing" made it to number 34 R&B. Drew's other singles were "Hundreds of Guys," "Keep on Movin'," "Hard to Handle", made famous by "The Black Crows" and "My Lover's Prayer." Then in 1971, the bottom fell out. "The culture of music performers at that time was fast, stressful and demanding," Patti said a interview with Shorefront Journal, "and it was easy to get caught up in it if you were not careful. I was supposed to perform with James Brown and I missed it because of my habit... By that time, it was either give up the drugs or the singing, and I was not strong enough at that time to give up the drugs. I was strung out. I ended up in rehab. Four months later, I came home. My singing career was over."
In mid 2016 David Salas, owner of ARMS411.com, a boutique company who helps legacy artists claim their royalties, arranged a few high profile shows with Alan Beck of Pacific Concert Group. Patti is poised to take the stage in Fresno at the Selland Arena on Feb. 9th, Honda Center on Feb. 10th and Talking Sticks Events Center in Phoenix AZ on Feb. 17th. This will be her first performance in more than 40 years.
For more info on Patti Drew, email Salasmusic@gmail.com