LaVern Baker
American singer
LaVern Baker
LaVern Baker was an American rhythm and blues singer, who had several hit records on the pop chart in the 1950s and early 1960s. Her most successful records were "Tweedlee Dee" (1955), "Jim Dandy" (1956), and "I Cried a Tear" (1958).
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Award-Winning Stage Actor Brings Music Legend Back To Life
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
After stepping foot on the music scene in the late 1950s as a solo artist, Jackie Wilson forever changed the face of Pop Culture. The late music icon, known for his dynamic stage presence and cross-over hits, has inspired legions of entertainers from Elvis Presley to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson among countless others. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s life has also been portrayed in the highly successful theatrical tour, “The Jackie Wilson Story,” which spawned a new production starring award-winning stage actor-singer Chester Gregory entitled, “The Eve Of Jackie.” Directed by Da'Vine Joy Randolph, the production is set during Wilson's final complete performance on September 28 1975, the day before he collapsed live on stage. After premiering to a sold out crowd on February 4 at New York City’s elegant nightclub, 54 Below, the show is scheduled to make a return on March 4. During an interview with The Huffington Post, Gregory opened up on his latest producti ...
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Local Job Alert: April 17
Stone Mountain-Redan Patch - almost 5 years
Looking for work in and around Stone Mountain? Patch compiles listings from sources such as the Department of Labor, Craig's List, Monster and individual business' web sites to help you in your search. Click on the links to learn more about education requirements and other duties/requirements, and to find out how to apply. Don't forget the The Jobs Bus (the Mobile Career Center) rolls into the Redan-Trotti Library parking lot on Thursday, April 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Features include 13 computer stations and high-speed satellite Internet connection. 1. Candymaker, Stone Mountain Park, seasonal, part-time Salary: N/A A few details: Duties include candymaking demonstrations in the park's Candy Shop; Producing fudge, peanut britt;e, candy and caramel apples, and chocolate dipped items Keep work area clean/sanitized at all times Use the cash register for guest payments Previous baking/cooking and customer service experience preferred Must be at leas ...
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Ni musa ni groupie: Rockera de profesion - Página 12
Google News - over 5 years
Acompañan a estas señoritas, otras leyendas del country y rockabilly, de la talla de LaVern Baker y, claro que sí, Brenda Lee, la pequeña dinamita que no sólo popularizó el clásico “I'm sorry”; también dejó uno de los hits navideños más repetidos de
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Jerry Leiber and Nick Ashford wrote that? - Toronto.com (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
... respectively) huge contributions to popular music, the former in the '50s-'60s world of doo-wop and pre-Beatles rock 'n' roll, and the latter as a R&B songwriting heavyweight penning hits for everyone from Elvis to LaVern Baker. it's just that you
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RIP Jerry Leiber: half of one of rock's greatest songwriting teams - Los Angeles Times
Google News - over 5 years
They crafted hits for the Coasters (“Charlie Brown,” “Yakety Yak,” “Poison Ivy,” “Searchin',” “Along Came Jones,” “Young Blood”), the Drifters (“On Broadway,” “There Goes My Baby,” “Dance With Me”) , LaVern Baker (“Saved”), Ben E. King ("Stand By Me,"
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Tutti i colori del rock and roll nella serata conclusiva del Summer Jamboree ... - La Prima Web
Google News - over 5 years
Si tratta di una eccitante formazione di sette elementi che si divertono a fare rock e honky tonk, rhythm & blues e swing, così come insegnano le lezioni magistrali di Ruth Brown, Big Maybelle o Lavern Baker. Front woman dal forte carisma e grande
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Grave marker possible for unknown African Americans in East End Cemetery - Cadiz Record
Google News - over 5 years
Recently, Fourshee, Kim Fortner, Betty Wharton, Fred Wilson, LaVern Baker, Pat Rogers, Cadiz City Councilor Regina Wilkerson and Cadiz Renaissance Director Leida Underhill agreed to serve on the American American Memorial Committee
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Voice for the ages - Boston Herald
Google News - over 5 years
A vocal powerhouse, she could scat like Ella Fitzgerald, belt like Etta James, soothe like Sarah Vaughan and swing like LaVern Baker. The retro-soul of “Back to Black,” her breakthrough Grammy-winning album, recalls Nina Simone as produced by Phil
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Broadway West Theater presents 'Smokey Joe's Cafe' - St. George Daily Spectrum
Google News - over 5 years
They began by writing for Elvis Presley, the Drifters and the Coasters in the early '50s, and their fame carried them well into the '60s as they penned songs and music for Aretha Franklin, Ruth Brown, Peggy Lee, Lavern Baker, Steve Lawrence and Perry
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Robin Lane documentary gets Kickstarted - Boston Globe (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Besides Lane, he has drummed for a wildly assorted bunch of artists including LaVern Baker, Tom Rush and Vas Deferens. He's also a sometime actor. The film is promised to be a story about women, music and creativity. Also, Neil Young, Andy Summers,
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Ricordando Ernesto De Pascale (al Porretta Soul Festival) - La Stampa
Google News - over 5 years
Negli anni si sono avvicendati Solomon Burke, Percy Sledge, Booker T. & The MGs, Wilson Pickett, Rufus & Carla Thomas, Isaac Hayes e LaVern Baker. Quest'anno, su quel palco, ci saranno Swamp Dogg, William Bell, Spencer Wiggins, Sugar Pie DeSanto,
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Atlantic Records Sets Black Music Month Special - All Access Music Group
Google News - over 5 years
From there, ATLANTIC became the preeminent R&B label of the 1950s, boasting a roster which included the likes of RUTH BROWN, BIG JOE TURNER, RAY CHARLES, the CLOVERS, the DRIFTERS, LaVERN BAKER and the COASTERS
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Smokey Joe's Café Comes to the Capital City 6/17-7/23 - Broadway World
Google News - over 5 years
They began by writing for Elvis Presley, the Drifters and the Coasters in the early '50s, and their fame carried them well into the '60s as they penned songs and music for Aretha Franklin, Ruth Brown, Peggy Lee, Lavern Baker, Steve Lawrence and Perry
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Randy Wood's 'cover versions' spread music across America - New York Daily News
Google News - almost 6 years
LaVern Baker would record "Tweedlee Dee" and Georgia Gibbs would cut it with a bland pop arrangement. Ruth Brown recorded "Oh What a Dream" and Patti Page did a pop version. The Chords created "Sh-Boom" and the Crew-Cuts sang a pop version
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LaVern Baker's Dress, c. 1965 - StyleBistro
Google News - almost 6 years
The late singer LaVern Baker may be best known for topping the R&B charts, but the flamboyant soul singer was one of the first women to capture the spirit of rock 'n' roll. Tasseled dresses have had their moment on many a rock star, but this blue
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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame puts focus on 'Women Who Rock' in expansive new ... - Plain Dealer
Google News - almost 6 years
I loved the Shirelles, LaVern Baker, Tina Turner. And, of course, Aretha Franklin. Dusty Springfield was one of my favorites, too. I used to listen to the Staple Singers when they were a gospel group. I went to a concert in downtown Los Angeles,
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'Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power' At Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame - Hamptons.com
Google News - almost 6 years
Two names that the Museum will highlight in the emergence of rock are Ruth Brown and Wanda Jackson, the voices of two predominant roots of rock - R&B and country/rockabilly, along with LaVern Baker and Brenda Lee. • Will You Love Me Tomorrow: The Early
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Thinking Inside the Box (Musically, That Is)
NYTimes - about 7 years
THERE are numerous ways to invent history, as seen in this year's assortment of boxed sets. Some prefer the full-catalog purge, and others the rarities and remixes. Some celebrate received wisdom; others, alternate stories. And when all that's done, some start over, taking another look with fresh eyes. That there would be only one way to go about
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of LaVern Baker
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1997
    Age 67
    Baker died of cardiovascular disease on March 10, 1997, at the age of 67.
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  • 1995
    Age 65
    Baker made her last recording, "Jump into the Fire," for the 1995 Harry Nilsson tribute CD, For the Love of Harry, on the Music Masters label.
    More Details Hide Details In 1990 she was among the first eight recipients of the Pioneer Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation. In 1991, Baker became the second female solo artist inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, following Aretha Franklin in 1987. Her song "Jim Dandy" was named one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll, and was ranked number 343 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
  • 1994
    Age 64
    She continued performing after both legs were amputated because of complications due to diabetes in 1994.
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  • 1992
    Age 62
    In 1992, she recorded a well-received studio album, Woke Up This Morning, for DRG Records.
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  • 1991
    Age 61
    In 1991, Rhino Records released a new album Live in Hollywood, recorded at the Hollywood Roosevelt Cinegrill, and a compilation of her greatest Atlantic hits, Soul on Fire.
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  • 1990
    Age 60
    In 1990, she made her Broadway debut, replacing Ruth Brown as the star of the hit musical Black and Blue.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1988
    Age 58
    In 1988 she performed at Madison Square Garden for Atlantic Records' 40th anniversary.
    More Details Hide Details She then worked on the soundtracks of the films Shag (1989), Dick Tracy (1990) and A Rage in Harlem (1991), all of which were issued on CD. She performed a song for Alan Parker's film Angel Heart (1987), which appeared on the original vinyl soundtrack album but was not included on the later CD issue "for contractual reasons".
    She remained there for 22 years, returning to the United States after the base was closed in 1988.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1969
    Age 39
    After the couple was divorced in 1969, Baker signed on for a USO tour; she became seriously ill with bronchial pneumonia after a trip to Vietnam.
    More Details Hide Details While recovering at the U.S. naval base at Subic Bay, in the Philippines, a friend recommended that she stay on as the entertainment director at the Marine Corps Staff NCO club there.
  • 1966
    Age 36
    In 1966, Baker recorded a duet single with Jackie Wilson.
    More Details Hide Details The controversial song, "Think Twice", featured raunchy lyrics considered inappropriate for airplay at that time or even today. Three versions were recorded, one of which is the version with the raunchy lyrics.
  • 1964
    Age 34
    In 1964, she recorded a Bessie Smith tribute album.
    More Details Hide Details She then left Atlantic for Brunswick Records, for which she recorded the album Let Me Belong to You.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1959
    Age 29
    Baker and the comedian Slappy White were married in 1959.
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  • 1956
    Age 26
    At the end of 1956 she had another hit with "Jim Dandy" (number 1 R&B, number 17 pop), which sold over one million copies and was certified as a gold disc.
    More Details Hide Details Further hits followed for Atlantic, including the follow-up "Jim Dandy Got Married" (number 7 R&B), "I Cried a Tear" (number 2 R&B, number 6 pop in 1958, with sax by King Curtis), "I Waited Too Long" (number 5 R&B, number 3 pop, written by Neil Sedaka), "Saved" (number 17 R&B, written by Leiber and Stoller), and "See See Rider" (number 9 R&B in 1963). In addition to singing, she did some work with Ed Sullivan and Alan Freed on TV and in films, including Rock, Rock, Rock and Mr. Rock & Roll.
  • 1955
    Age 25
    Her first hit came in early 1955, with the Latin-tempo "Tweedle Dee", which reached number 4 on the R&B chart and number 14 on the national US pop chart.
    More Details Hide Details Georgia Gibbs recorded a note-for-note cover of the song, which reached number 1; subsequently Baker made an unsuccessful attempt to sue her and petitioned Congress to consider such covers copyright violations. Baker had a succession of hits on the R&B charts over the next couple of years with her backing group, the Gliders, including "Bop-Ting-a-Ling" (number 3 R&B), "Play It Fair" (number 2 R&B), and "Still" (number 4 R&B).
  • 1953
    Age 23
    In 1953 she signed with Atlantic Records as a solo artist, her first release being "Soul on Fire".
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  • 1951
    Age 21
    She changed her name briefly to Bea Baker when recording for Okeh Records in 1951 and then was billed as LaVern Baker when she sang with Todd Rhodes and his band in 1952.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1946
    Age 16
    Baker began singing in Chicago clubs such as the Club DeLisa around 1946, often billed as Little Miss Sharecropper, and first recorded under that name in 1949.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1929
    Born
    Born on November 11, 1929.
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