With the Pips, she recorded, I Heard It Through the Grapevine.
She won a small time TV contest when she was seven, giving her family confidence to start up The Pips.
Her nickname is the Empress of Soul.
She got married to James Newman in 1960, then to Barry Hankerson on October 12, 1974, then to Les Brown on August 29, 1995, and to William McDowell on April 12, 2001.
She was on the fourteenth cycle of Dancing with the Stars with Jaleel White.