LaVern Baker

Genres: Blues Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Vocals
Tags: rhythm and blues blues soul female vocalists rock and roll 50s oldies jump blues Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

Delores Williams, 11 November 1929, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 10 March 1997, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA. Baker was a pioneering voice in the fusion of R&B and rock ‘n’ roll in the 50s. In 1947 she was discovered in a Chicago nightclub by band leader Fletcher Henderson. Although still in her teens, the singer won a recording contract with the influential OKeh Records, where she was nicknamed ‘Little Miss Sharecropper’ and ‘Bea Baker’. Having toured extensively with the Todd Rhodes Orchestra, Baker secured a prestigious contract with Atlantic Records, with whom she enjoyed a fruitful relationship. ‘Tweedle Dee’ reached both the US R&B and pop charts in 1955, selling in excess of one million copies, and the artist was awarded a second gold disc two years later for ‘Jim Dandy’. In 1959, she enjoyed a number 6 pop hit with ‘I Cried A Tear’ and throughout the decade Baker remained one of...

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