(Click above to hear "Long Time Woman.")
Recorded for the Jack Hill film The Big Doll House, the future Queen of Blaxploitation films made her one and only foray into the recording studio. It's a soulful and gritty track, proving that was more to the 1970s than disco clubs and bell bottoms. The song's lyrics tell the story of a female inmate trying to get by, tough-as-nails, ready to do what it takes to survive.
The song was all but forgotten by the mainstream until it was resurrected for the soundtrack of Quentin Tarantino's amazing film Jackie Brown (in which Grier starred.) It's the perfect 1970s portrait, sung by a woman whose onscreen persona would go on to define the decade. Classic stuff.