Ethel Beatty Barnes hails from New York.
Ethel Beatty was an actress and Soul singer, signed in the early Eighties, to Roy Ayers Uno Melodic Records imprint.
i know you care b/w it's your love
The single has gone on to become highly sought after, and in 2017, can reach around £400 a copy.
‘It’s Your Love’ is often sampled on the hip hop circuit, by the likes of Dope Gems.
‘I Know You Care’ was later sampled by the Sunburst Band.
Ethel had previous sung in the Broadway cast of the musicals ‘Eubie!’ in 1975 (with Gregory Hines), and ‘Bubbling Brown Sugar’ in 1976, singing solo a version of the Duke Ellington song ‘I Got it Bad (And That Ain’t Good)’.
She also appeared in stage versions of the musicals ‘Dreamgirls’ and ’Sugar Hill’ (as the lawyer, Beatrice DuBois).
In 1992, she performed at a concert in New York, promoting African American women.
I Know You Care b/w It's Your Love (Uno Melodic Records 1981)