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Carmen Lundy

If sometime during the mid-1970s when dreck like Carl Douglas’ “Kung Fu Fighting” and Van McCoy’s “The Hustle” was dominating the pop charts, had fate smiled on a peppy little ditty called “The Price of Silence” we might have been denied one of our truly great jazz singers. During her teens, Carmen Lundy teamed with a Miami high school buddy to form a duo called Steph and Tret (Lundy, whose middle name is Latreta, was Tret). “We used to do ‘Let It Be Me’ and ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,'” she recalls with a giggle. “Then, when I was 16, we got a record deal. We recorded ‘The Price of Silence,’ and the B-side was ‘Boy, I’m the Girl for You.’ Well, of course, I just knew my career was made!”

The platter went nowhere.

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