Geraldine Hunt  

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Can't fake the feeling without feeling
Don't give me your love if you really don't mean it

--"Can't Fake the Feeling" (1980) by Geraldine Hunt

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Geraldine Hunt (1945 – 2022) was an American singer best known for the musical composition "Can't Fake the Feeling" (1980).


Early life

Hunt's parents are Rosie Lee Vickers and Frank Milligan. Her father was a one-man band, and her grandmother, Louella Reed, was a singer on the Chitlin Circuit. In 1947 her family relocated to Chicago. While growing up on Chicago's south side Hunt discovered her musical talent. Living in that part of Chicago was not easy; recalls Geraldine. "On the weekends, we had to sleep on the floor, gangs were shooting through the house; I had been beaten up at gunpoint once, It was rough. We were living below middle class."

Despite the bleak living conditions of her childhood, there were bright spots also. A notable time in her life was her years at Hyde Park High School. Her classmate and best friend at school was the late American soul singer-songwriter Minnie Riperton. Besides Hunt and Riperton, the school also produced a girl group called Coffee who covered Ruby Andrews' "Casanova (Your Playing Days Are Over)" in 1980.


Hunt began her recording career as a teenager with several singles released from 1962: she had her first glimmer of success in 1970 when "You & I" a duet with Charlie Hodges reached No. 45 on the R&B chart in Billboard and in 1972 Hunt's remake of "Baby I Need Your Loving" reached No. 47 R&B.

In 1975 Hunt relocated to Montreal, Quebec where she recorded her first album in 1978, the disco-oriented Sweet Honesty. In 1980 Hunt's second album No Way yielded the track "Can't Fake the Feeling" which reached No. 1 on the club chart in Billboard where it spent a total of seven weeks: with Top 40 radio then being disco-resistant "Can't Fake the Feeling" had little mainstream success reaching No. 58 R&B. However the track did afford Hunt a hit in France at No. 10 and charted in the UK at No. 44.

In 1982 she helped write and produce some of the music for Chéri.

Personal life

Hunt was the mother of three children; Rosalind Hunt of the musical group Chéri (Murphy's Law), singer Freddie James and writer Jeanne (Dupuis) Croteau.


Studio albums

  • Sweet Honesty (1978)
  • No Way (1980)

Compilation albums

  • Can't Fake the Feeling (1993)

See also

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Calla Records, Can't Fake the Feeling, Carl Cox discography, Catacombs Nightclub Philadelphia, Chéri (band), Cold Blood, Dance Club Songs, Freddie James (musician), Hey Babe! (1980 film), Hyde Park Academy High School, Le Piano Rouge, List of mezzo-sopranos in non-classical music, List of number-one dance singles of 1980 (U.S.), List of R&B musicians, List of songs written by Holland, Dozier and Holland, List of Soul Train episodes, Murphy's Law (song), Nicolás Jaar discography, No Way, Unidisc Music

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