In its decade plus of operation, Specialty Records never had a big female star anywhere near as big as their supernova of Little Richard, Larry Williams, Lloyd Price, Percy Mayfield and Roy Milton. Comille Howard came through with a couple of R&B hits and Dorothy Love Coates of the Original Gospel Harmonettes did well in the spiritual field, but owner Art Rupe never clicked with a Ruth Brown a LaVern Baker or a Dinah Washington.
The closest he came was in 1949, when he signed, as a gospel artist, the pretty, 25-year-old Wynona Carr. Art had always admired the records of Lucky Millinder. So it was only natural that Wynona’s first Specialty release had her listed as Sister Wynona Carr, Rupe’s nod to Millinder’s one-time female vocalist, Sister Rosetta Thorpe.