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P. P. Arnold

P. P. ArnoldAKA Patricia Ann Cole

Born: 3-Oct-1946
Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Singer, Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Soul singer

Patricia Cole was born into a family of gospel singers, and so began her musical training at a very young age. An unfortunate marriage to David Arnold when she was only 15 brought a period of considerable hardship throughout her late teen years, but she persevered with her musical ambitions in the hopes that it would open the door to a better life.

Her first break came when she won an audition to be one of the back-up singers for Ike and Tina Turner in 1966. After Ike & Tina toured with The Rolling Stones in England, Mick Jagger invited Arnold to stay, and later co-produced her first solo record The First Lady of Immediate (1967). It was in England that P.P. would subsequently establish the main center of her popularity. There she worked with The Small Faces, singing on their hit "Tin Soldier" (1966) and accompanying them on their subsequent tour. The Small Faces would later write hits for Arnold and her band The Nice. After the Nice split off on its own, Arnold worked with The Blue Jays and T.N.T., and recorded two singles with Barry Gibb as producer.

Although still active as a session singer and as a member of several different bands, the 70s and early 80s saw Arnold working most visibly as an actress -- first on stage and later on television. In London she starred in Catch My Soul, one of the first rock musicals. In 1981 she moved back to Los Angeles and made appearances on everything from Quincy to St. Elsewhere to Knots Landing. Finding the Hollywood scene somewhat less than inspiring, Arnold eventually returned to England and appeared in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Starlight Express -- as well as getting her music career started again with more session work and another solo release.

Throughout the 90s and 00s, P.P. Arnold maintained a stream of musical activity, working with the London-based band Ocean Colour Scene, touring with her own band, The Band of Angels, and recording and touring with Roger Waters.

Husband: David Arnold (div.)
Son: Kevin
Daughter: Debbie
Son: Kodzo

    Ike and Tina Turner
    Roger Waters and the Bleeding Heart Band
    Ocean Colour Scene

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