Marva Whitney dies
Whitney, whom Brown called "Soul Sister No. 1," got her biggest hit with a response to the Isley Brothers’ “It’s Your Thing,” a song she delivered as “It’s My Thing (You Can’t Tell Me Who to Sock It To).”
"We're saddened to inform you that Soulsister #1 Marva Whitney passed away last night," the post that went up Sunday said. "She left us with a legacy that will shine forever. Please keep her family in your prayers."
Like many 1960s and '70s R&B artists, the Kansas City, Kan.-born singer found her music turning up in rap musicians’ records decades later. Public Enemy, among others, sampled “It’s My Thing” in “Bring the Noise,” and other rap acts sampled her track "Unwind Yourself."
When she was in a store and heard her music in DJ Kool’s “Let Me Clear My Throat,” she told Village Voice in 2010 that her reaction was, “Oh no, they’ve ripped me off again.
"Here I am, pinching pennies, and they're making millions," said Whitney, who was born Marva Ann Manning. "I can't get any response from them. I just wish somebody would tell the truth."