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La La Brooks on growing up in the golden age of funk

by Take Two

Image of singer Lala Brooks. Courtesy of LaLa Brooks

Back in 1963, the song "Da Doo Ron Ron" was a huge hit. The track, produced by Phil Specter, was recorded by The Crystals, featuring our guest La La Brooks. Fifty years later, Brooks is back at it with a new solo album called "All Or Nothing."


Brooks got her start at the age of 12, when she was recruited to join the aforementioned musical group. By the age of 13 she had the opportunity to perform with famous funk and soul acts like James Brown.

Brooks joins the show to talk about her most memorable times meeting Brown and many more stories from her long and storied career as a singer.

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