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Ruby Turner interviewed by Richard Oliff. 2009.
Ruby Turner (born 22nd June 1958) is a Jamaican R&B and soul singer, songwriter and actress. Born in Montego Bay, Jamaica, she moved at the age of nine with her family to Handsworth, Birmingham, England. She is best known for her albums and single releases on both sides of the Atlantic, and has sung backing vocals for others such as Bryan Ferry, UB40, Steel Pulse, Steve Winwood, Jools Holland and Mick Jagger, as well as writing songs that have been covered by many artists including Lulu, Yazz and Maxi Priest. She reached no. 1 on the US R&B chart, with "It's Gonna Be Alright" in February 1990. Between 1986 and 1995, eight of her singles appeared in the UK Singles Chart. Turner performed at the Birmingham Heart Beat 86 concert, which featured George Harrison; and also sang on BBC Television's Jools Holland's Hootenanny, from 2007 to 2014 inclusive. She has also appeared as an actress on stage, film and television.