Her high notes are legendary and the very last one in the song is almost beyond belief, but it's the emotion she puts into the song - the seeming effortlessness of it all - that made Minnie Riperton special.
And she was a one-hit wonder, dying of breast cancer at the age of 31.
"...Please stay with me while we grow old
and we will live each day in Spring
because loving you has made my life so beautiful..."