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Freda Charcilia Payne (born September 19, 1942)[nb 1] is an American singer and actress best known for her million selling, 1970 hit single, "Band of Gold". She was also an actress in musicals and film, as well as the host of a TV talk show. Freda is the older sister of former Supreme Scherrie Payne.

Payne was born in Detroit, Michigan and grew up listening to different jazz singers, such as Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. As a teenager, she attended the Detroit Institute of Musical Arts; she soon began singing radio commercial jingles, and took part in (and won many) local TV and radio talent shows.
In 1963, she moved to New York City and worked with many different entertainers, including Quincy Jones, Pearl Bailey, and Bill Cosby. The next year, her debut album, a jazz recording entitled After the Lights Go Down Low and Much More!!!, was released on the Impulse! label. (This album was re-issued on CD in Japan in early 2002, and again in the United States in 2005.) Three years later, she released her second album (another jazz effort) How Do You Say I Don't Love You Anymore, for MGM Records. She also made occasional guest appearances on different television shows including The Merv Griffin Show and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.
She added theatrical credits to her repertoire; she understudied Leslie Uggams for the Broadway show Hallelujah Baby in 1967, and appeared with the Equity Theatre in a production of Lost in the Stars.[citation needed]
In 1969, her old friends back home in Detroit, Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, and Edward Holland, Jr., persuaded her to sign with their newly formed record label Invictus. During that same year, her first Invictus single, "Unhooked Generation" (a minor R&B hit), was released. Shortly thereafter, Eddie Holland offered her a song entitled "Band of Gold", which he along with Brian Holland and Lamont Dozier co-wrote (under the pen name Edythe Wayne) with Ronald Dunbar. In early 1970, the song becam

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Was Freda Payne Judge Joe Brown’s Mistress?

HSK Exclusive – The streets of Hollywood are saying the “Band Of Gold” singer Freda Payne recently broke Judge Joe Brown’s heart. Know why? Because Freda Payne told the daytime television judge she no longer wishes to be his mistress. Don’t ...
Posted: June 27, 2012, 7:39 am

James and Cecelia Graham celebrate 50th wedding anniversary this year

She appeared as a soloist on programs with Candi Staton, Freda Payne, former Miss America Vanessa Williams, Eddie Kendricks and Chuck Jackson. In addition, she was a guest soloist at the National Urban League Family Session in Houston and at the National ...
Posted: October 11, 2016, 6:22 am

Freda Payne: how we made Band of Gold

‘They said: You don’t have to like it – just sing it!’ The song is about two newlyweds working out their differences. The guy isn’t sure he did the right thing getting married. Even though it was written by three young guys, it’s from the woman ...
Posted: October 5, 2015, 11:03 pm
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