Betty Davis


Betty Davis is an American funk singer. She was Miles Davis's second wife.

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    What A Wonderful World
    Huffington Post - Nov 08, 2016
  • Why Lower, Longer Is Still A Good Bet
    Wall Street Journal - Sep 10, 2016
  • 1,000 Words: The Right To Die Party
    NPR - Aug 11, 2016
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    This Is Why It Takes Guts To Turn 60 Years Old
    Huffington Post - Aug 09, 2016


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Betty Davis.


1945 Birth Born in 1945, Betty Mabry grew up in Durham, North Carolina, and just outside Pittsburgh. … Read More


The single was a local jam for the Cellar. Yet her first professional gig was not until she wrote "Uptown (to Harlem)" for the Chambers Brothers. Their 1967 album was a major success, but Betty Mabry was focusing on her modeling career. … Read More
1968 22 Years Old In 1968, when she was still involved with Hugh Masekela, she recorded several songs for Columbia Records, with Masekela doing the arrangements. … Read More
1969 23 Years Old Her relationship with Miles Davis began soon after her breakup from Masekela and in the spring of 1969, Betty returned to Columbia's 52nd St. Studios to record a series of demo tracks, with Miles and Teo Macero producing. … Read More
1971 25 Years Old After the end of her marriage with Davis, Betty moved to London, probably around 1971, to pursue her modeling career.
1972 26 Years Old She wrote music while in the UK and returned to the US around 1972 with the intention of recording songs with Santana. … Read More
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Her first record, Betty Davis, was released in 1973.


2007 61 Years Old Both Betty Davis (1973) and They Say I'm Different (1974) were re-released by Light in the Attic Records on May 1, 2007.
2009 63 Years Old In September 2009, Light in the Attic Records reissued Nasty Gal and her unreleased fourth studio album recorded in 1976, re-titled as Is It Love or Desire? (the original title was Crashin' from Passion). … Read More
2016 70 Years Old Miles attempted to use these demo songs to secure an album deal for Betty but neither Columbia nor Atlantic were interested and they were archived into a vault until 2016 for the compilation, Betty Davis, The Columbia Years, 1968-69, released by Seattle's Light in the Attic Records.
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