FREDA PAYNE & GREGORY ABBOTT:
Freda Payne has always kept a low profile, despite having only two hit records “Band Of Gold” and “Bring The Boys Home,” she has always lived lavishly. She continues to reside in a mansion and she has always driven a new Mercedes each year.
During her prime, she was considered one of the prettiest female vocalists with a near perfect figure and she always carried herself in a very classy and elegant manner.
Freda and her sister Sherry (who lives in a similar manner) invested their money very well.
What is known about Freda: She once dated Quincy Jones when she was in her twenties. She also had a relationship with the late Edmund Sylvers (lead singer of the Sylvers singing group) although she was fifteen years his senior and she was allegedly involved with the son of a former US President until Republican influences broke up the relationship.
Payne was once married to Gregory Abbott (before he was a singer) and they have a son, Gregory Abbott, Jr. They would divorce and Abbott would pursue educational goals.
During this time, Abbott’s sister Dianne would marry actor Robert DeNiro, they would eventually divorce.
Abbott would eventually receive a doctorate and become a professor at a University. Through his brilliance, he came up with an ingenious plan to insure his financial future.
He did research regarding music publishing.
He always loved to sing, he planned to record one song but it had to become a hit because he wanted to live off the publishing royalties.
He wrote the classic “Shake You Down,” in 1985, he recorded it in 1986. It was a instant smash hit and broke a record for becoming the most played song in 1986; it was played over 1 million times throughout the world on various radio stations, becoming the most played song ever, that year.
Through his publishing, Abbott was paid each time the song was played. Due to the success of the single, Abbott was pressured to record a second album by his record company, it bombed. Abbott didn't care, he had recorded a 'standard' with "Shake You Down."
The song is still played on oldie stations across the country and Abbott receives between $1.5-$2 million per year in publishing and songwriting royalties from the song.
His plan worked.