In the mid-'60s, pre-stardom Barry White
produced singer Felice Taylor
, whose vocals were reminiscent of Diana Ross
, for Bob Keane
's R&B label Bronco Records. Taylor
's only Billboard-charting single was "It May Be Winter Outside (But in My Heart It's Spring)," reaching number 44 R&B, number 42 pop in early 1967 (her singles did well in the U.K.).
Born January 29, 1948, Taylor
sang in the Sweets, a trio that included her sisters Norma and Darlene. Signed to Bronco and released on the Mustang label, Taylor
's three singles -- "It May Be Winter Outside" b/w "Winter Again," "Under the Influence of Love," and "I Feel Love Coming On" -- were co-written and produced by White
. After leaving Bronco, Taylor
recorded for Kent ("Captured By Your Love"). Years later, she recorded in the U.K. with Eddy Grant
and Derv Gordon of the Equals
. In the summer of 1973, White
's protegées Love Unlimited
's "It May Be Winter Outside" and "Under the Influence of Love." Taylor
's Bronco/Mustang singles "It May Be Winter Outside," "I Feel Love Coming On," and "Under the Influence of Love" are available on Boss Soul: The Genius of Barry White, a 1998 various-artists compilation from Del-Fi Records.