LaVern, LaVern Baker, Sings Bessie Smith and Blues Ballads. Avid.
LaVern Baker, one of the most important rhythm-and-blues singers of the 1950’s and was a mainstay of the Atlantic Records roster of the mid-1950's, applying the fervor of gospel and the bluesy power of Bessie Smith to songs about love and lust like ''Tweedlee Dee.'' Her string of hits ended by the mid-1960's, but in the late 1980's she made a comeback, appearing on Broadway in ''Black and Blue'' and recording new albums.
Born Delores Evans in Chicago in 1928, LaVern Baker was following a well-worn path for female singers and playing in clubs around the Chicago area as early as 1951 under such names as Miss Sharecropper and Bea Baker (under which name she recorded for Okeh Records in 1951). She could growl the blues or sing with sweet playfulness, and the big-band leader Fletcher Henderson convinced OKeh Records to sign her. She recorded jazz-tinged songs for OKeh and then rhythm-and-blues for King Records without much impact. But in 1953, she was signed to Atlantic Records and had a series of R&B hits over the next few years including "Tweedle Dee", "Bop Ting A Ling" and the all-time classic, "Jim Dandy" which would sell a million copies and go on to be voted Number 343 in Rolling Stones Top 500 All Time Greatest Songs as well as being voted as one of the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame's greatest songs to have shaped Rock N Roll! Wow! Not a bad legacy to leave behind!
AVID R&B now release ‘Lavern Bakers’ ‘Four Classic Albums’ with a re-mastered 2CD release by LaVern Baker, complete with original artwork, liner notes and personnel details.