Since 2004 Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) has used the Secret History of Chicago Music to shine a light on worthy artists with Chicago ties who’ve been forgotten, underrated, or never noticed in the first place.

  • “Love Makes a Woman” was Barbara Acklin’s biggest hit.
  • This 1968 duet with Gene “Duke of Earl” Chandler was Acklin’s first chart appearance as a singer (and she cowrote the song).
  • Acklin cowrote this 1971 Chi-Lites smash.