The Fuzz was an American female vocal trio from Washington, D.C.. They started out in 1970 as The Passionettes, but changed their name when they signed to Calla Records in 1971. Their self-titled debut album, which came out that year, was significant in that it was one of the first "concept" albums by a female artists and interspersed monologues (then referred to as "raps") and musical selections, built around a theme comparing love to the four seasons. Further, most of the songs were written by a group member (Shelia Young). The group had a great influence on the style Love Unlimited would later popularize under the tutelage of Barry White. The single "I Love You for All Seasons" went Top 10 on the US Billboard R&B chart and peaked at #21 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The follow-up single, "Like an Open Door", hit #14 on the R&B chart, and after releasing two more singles with little no success, they disbanded in 1972. The group reunited in the 1990s and performed at the Art Lebow Concert Hall in California with a new member following the death of Barbara Gilliam on September 11, 2010.
Barbara Gilliam (died August 4, 2008, Alexandria, Virginia),