As Heti Lloyd’s first two 45s were recorded in Houston, TX, it’s a fair guess that she might well have come from that state. Shonda was a tiny label run by Jimmy Newsome and he provided both the tunes (with Bill Shakesnider) and the production for Heti’s initial release. The lively “Baby’s Gone” was coupled with a strong blues ballad in Nowhere Without You on which her tuneful, emotional vocals were well to the fore.
Heti’s second 45 is the rare one – with the funk fans’ favourite “Soul Sister” driving the price to silly levels. In any case the other side is the one that really hits the spot. I Met My Guy is another bluesy piece of deep soul on which Ms Lloyd gives a really high quality vocal full of power and righteous fire. Great gospel feel to the climax as she screams out her passion.
Her final 45 was recorded on the West Coast, apparently, by Willie Henderson but neither of the tunes they wrote, the tough funk of “Grief Sorrow Pain And Woe” nor the bouncy uptempo of “If You Can’t Satisfy” can match the Shonda tracks, despite Heti’s continued fine vocal displays. And although she had a further Hollywood session in 1973 nothing was ever issued sadly.
Baby’s gone / Nowhere without you ~ SHONDA 100 (late 60s?)
Soul sister / I met my guy ~ SHONDA 102 (late 60s?)
If you can’t satisfy (I’ve gotta say goodbye) / Grief sorrow pain and woe ~ PRIDE 1014 (1972)