LaVern Baker

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by LaVern Baker

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... Read more

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rhythm and blues
blues
soul
female vocalists
rock and roll
50s
oldies
jump blues
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