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THE CORNELIUS BROTHERS & SISTER ROSE

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BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS

Description: Vocal Group, USA

Known For: 1971: “Treat Her Like a Lady” 1972: “Too Late to Turn Back Now”

Music Styles: Pop/Rock

Location: United States of America

CONTACT DETAILS
Web Site:  Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose page on oldies.com

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BIOGRAPHICAL PROFILE

Conelius Brothers and Sister Rose

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, Billboard 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.

Later careers

The group broke up in 1976 when Carter Cornelius joined a black Hebrew sect in Miami and adopted the name Prince Gideon Israel. He wrote, recorded, and mixed the sect’s music and videos for the next 15 years. He died of a heart attack on November 7, 1991. Eddie Cornelius became a born-again Christian and later an ordained pastor who continued to sing, produce, and write music.

Rose Cornelius is working and living in Brevard County, Florida, and performs with many groups. May, 2015. I had the opportunity to help a friend setup his equipment for a gig at the “Eagles Club” in Vero Beach, FL. He had told me the woman who sings for the band was a remarkable singer, very talented, and had had a “Gold record” back in the 70’s.

As they started to play I was instantly taken aback by the professionalism and talent of this woman, Rose Cornelius. Her voice representative of a true gospel-influenced R&B sound, like Nancy Wilson (No, not the Nancy Wilson formerly of Heart.. Nancy Wilson the jazz singer) She was the first, really great, live act, I had seen of that quality in the past 10 years, since Stevie Wonder, Dave Brubek, Paul McCartney and Steely Dan. Her guitar-player/boyfriend Tony, himself an outstanding musician, along with rhythm guitar player Jimmy Staggs, played music you would never in a million years expect from such a small venue.

I was completely awe-struck by her voice and stage presence. The crowd loved her, and it was apparent she had done this before.

After helping to carry equipment out after the show I had a chance to speak with her and told her that her voice, not just her singing, but her sound, was truly beautiful, and that I hadn’t heard a voice like hers, live, since seeing Stevie Wonder at the Hartford Civic Center back in the 1990’s, his backup singers were of the same caliber. She replied that she had briefly toured with him back in the day.

I Googled “Rose Cornelius”, and read about the band she was in with her brothers “The Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose”, and watched all the YouTube videos I could find late into the next morning.

She is today, living in Brevard County, FL and still sings, and heads a band whom I had the good-fortune of catching live. Why some intelligent promoter/manager hasn’t signed her is beyond comprehension. Maybe she likes the small-time atmosphere of the Eagles Club, in Vero Beach, FL, maybe she’s waiting for the right moment for that return to professional music, idk?

If you have a chance, and love beautiful, soulful-sound, completely devoid from today’s popular music, and long for the classic, heartbreaking feel of music inspired from the heart, try to find her, catch her show. It brought me back to the day, to the early seventies, when “Treat Her Like a Lady” and “It’s Too Late To Turn Back Now” graced the airwaves. When music was from the heart and soul.

On January 18, 2001, the surviving members of the group filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against Capitol Records, Cornelius v. EMI Music, Inc., Case No. 2001-1350 CA-01, in the Miami Dade Circuit Court.

Members Include

EDDIE CORNELIUS – Vocal
CARTER CORNELIUS – Vocal
ROSE CORNELIUS – Vocal

Hits Include.
TREAT HER LIKE A LADY – 1971
TOO LATE TO TURN BACK NOW – 1972
DON’T EVER BE ALONE – 1972

Noted Albums
CORNELIUS BROTHERS AND SISTER ROSE 1972
BIG TIME OVER – 1973
GREATEST HITS – 1974

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