Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose was a family soul singing group from Dania Beach, Florida, that was formed in 1970 and gained popularity in the early 1970s. It was composed of siblings Carter Cornelius, Eddie Cornelius, and Rose Cornelius, who were joined by sister Billie Jo Cornelius in 1972. Cleveland E. Barrett (a childhood friend), an original member of the group, was killed in a car accident before their chart success.
Rose Cornelius had already appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in June 1967 and had been performing in Las Vegas and worldwide, touring in 1970 with a group called the Gospel Jazz Singers. She went home to Florida at her mother's request to help form the group. Rose wrote most of the background vocals while Eddie wrote most of the songs.
The group hit the pop chart in 1971 with the single "Treat Her Like a Lady" (U.S. R&B Top 20, Biollboard Hot 100 #3). The record was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America on 2 August 1971.
The act succeeded again in 1972 with "Too Late to Turn Back Now" (U.S. R&B #5, Hot 100 #2); both songs were written by Eddie Cornelius. This also sold over one million copies with a gold disc awarded in August 1972.
While the group failed to find any further success on the scale of their first two singles, two releases, "Don't Ever Be Lonely" and "I'm Never Gonna Be Alone Anymore" reached the Billboard Top 40. Their final charting single was "Since I Found My Baby" in 1974, from their third and last album. Their records were all produced by Bob Archibald at the Music Factory in Miami.
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Cornelius Bros. and Sister Rose - Big Time Lover
U.S. United Artists Records UA-LA 121 stereo (1973) 1st U.S. press.
The vinyl record has remained in excellent condition.
Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.
Both record centre labels are clean, unmarked, and free from tears, stains or stickers.
The album cover is in excellent condition, displaying only minor signs of wear.
The album cover has been clipped at the upper right corner, to denote it's tax status, (see scan).
The album cover has a strong, undamaged spine, displaying clear, printed script.