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Whether or not this anthology remains true to its title is debatable (especially if you expect "hits" to be synonymous with chart-placing singles), but it is certain that it forms an introduction as ideal as any other Barbara Acklin anthology released since the mid-'90s. Released by Brunswick in 2002, 20 Greatest Hits takes care of the basics that everyone should have ("Am I the Same Girl," "Love Makes the Woman," "From the Teacher to the Preacher," "Show Me the Way to Go," "Just Ain't No Love," "After You") and draws some smart selections from the remainder of Acklin's catalog. It's not as in-depth as The Brunswick Anthology or The Complete Barbara Acklin on Brunswick Records, but newcomers unwilling to take the full plunge will be more than satisfied.


Born: February 28, 1944 in Chicago, IL

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s, '70s

A pop-soul vocalist in the vein of Dionne Warwick or Brenda Holloway, Barbara Acklin is best known for her R&B/pop hit "Love Makes a Woman" from the summer of 1968. The only child of Herman and Hazel Acklin, Barbara Jean Acklin was born February 28, 1943, in Oakland, CA; in 1948, the family moved to Chicago, IL. Like many great soul singers, Acklin honed her vocal skills in the church choir (in her case, at Big Zion Baptist Church) at an early age. As a teenager, she began singing in nightclubs while...
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