There are some songs that bring back memories to we baby boomers. One of those is “Yes I’m Ready” by Barbara Mason. To many of us it was one of those coming of age songs. We did not know a whole lot about love in 1965, when her one-hit wonder single hit the carts. But we, too, were ready to learn.
Those innocent dreams of romance and intimate moments when love was budding – those were exciting and nervous times. First times for our own love and the season for loving of an entire generation. Just listen to the song again. I bet it brings back memories.
The song reached number three on the charts for 1965. It outsold some of the giant hits of the Beatles in the mid-60s.
Barbara Mason – Career
At the age of 12 she began to play her grandfather’s piano (you never know what introducing your grandchild to an instrument might mean for their future). Barbara Mason was was born in Philadelphia in 1947 and used to sing in impromptu talent shows as a child.
She began her career with a fledgling local, Philadelphia, label called Charger. Later she moved up to Arctic records. She wrote most of her own songs, including “Yes, I’m Ready.” She was one of the few ladies of soul in the 60s. “Yes, I’m Ready” is considered one oft he first real soul records out of Philly.
He first single was “Girls Have Feelings Too” in 1964.
Barbara Mason took a hiatus from recording after some lackluster albums in the the 1980s. But, in the early 90’s producer Alan Beck asked her to perform at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles. She was well received and her career once again took off. She has worked on commercial ventures for companies such as Blockbuster, Sony and Toyota and has her own publishing company called Marc James Music (named for her son).
Barbara Mason – Today
Barbara Mason is an underrated star. She still resides in the Philadelphia area and continues to perform.
Here is one of her later recordings, with a bit of funk, World In Crisis: