Claudia Lennear is an American soul singer and actress. She has worked with many acts including Ike and Tina Turner, Humble Pie and Joe Cocker. She was one of The Ikettes. She was one of the backup singers for Delaney and Bonnie. She inspired Mick Jagger to write the Roliing Stones' song "Brown Sugar" about her. She sang back-up vocals on Joe Cocker's 1970 Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour and live album. She also sang on The Concert For Bangla Desh. She recorded a solo album Phew! (1973).
Claudia Lennear has worked with many acts including Ike and Tina Turner, Humble Pie and Joe Cocker. She was part of a trio of backup singers for Delaney and Bonnie, that also included Rita Coolidge. Lennear's meetings with Mick Jagger and David Bowie are often cited as inspiration for The Rolling Stones' "Brown Sugar" (1971).
Claudia Lennear One of the IIkettes, a powerful voice in the late 60s. Dated Mick Jagger and rumoured to have inspired Brown Sugar, as well as David Bowie’s Lady Grinning Soul; later, she sang with Joe Cocker and Leon Russell, and recorded her own 1973 album, Phew!. When Todd Boyd compares Ike to a pimp with the Ikettes as his whores. “I didn’t know who he was, but that was a lie. We were treated well and worked hard– how dare he?”