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LaVern Baker was one of the sexiest divas gracing the mid-'50s rock & roll circuit, boasting a brashly seductive vocal delivery tailor-made for belting the catchy novelties "Tweedlee Dee," "Bop-Ting-a-Ling," and "Tra La La" for Atlantic Records during rock's first wave of prominence.

Born Delores Williams, she was singing at the Club DeLisa on Chicago's south side at age 17, decked out in raggedy attire and billed as "Little Miss Sharecropper" (the same handle that she made her recording debut under for RCA Victor with Eddie "Sugarman" Penigar's band in 1949). She changed her name briefly to Bea Baker when recording for OKeh in 1951 with Maurice King's Wolverines, then settled on the first name of LaVern when she joined Todd Rhodes' band as featured vocalist in 1952 (she fronted Rhodes' aggregation on the impassioned ballad "Trying" for Cincinnati's King Records).

LaVern signed with Atlantic as a solo in 1953, debuting with the incendiary "Soul on Fire." The coy, Latin-tempo "Tweedlee Dee" was a smash in 1955 on both the R&B and pop charts, although her impact on the latter was blunted when squeaky-clean Georgia Gibbs covered it for Mercury. An infuriated Baker filed suit over the whitewashing, but she lost. By that time, though, her star had ascended: Baker's "Bop-Ting-A-Ling," "Play It Fair," "Still," and the rocking "Jim Dandy" all vaulted into the R&B Top Ten over the next couple of years.

Baker's statuesque figure and charismatic persona made her a natural for TV and movies. She co-starred on the historic R&B revue segment on Ed Sullivan's TV program in November of 1955 and did memorable numbers in Alan Freed's rock movies Rock, Rock, Rock and Mr. Rock & Roll. Her Atlantic records remained popular throughout the decade: she hit big in 1958 with the ballad "I Cried a Tear," adopted a pseudo-sanctified bellow for the rousing Leiber & Stoller-penned gospel sendup "Saved" in 1960, and cut a Bessie Smith tribute album before leaving Atlantic in 1964. A brief stop at Brunswick Records (where she did a sassy duet with Jackie Wilson, "Think Twice") preceded a late-'60s jaunt to entertain the troops in Vietnam. She became seriously ill after the trip and was hospitalized, eventually settling far out of the limelight in the Philippines. She remained there for 22 years, running an NCO club on Subic Bay for the U.S. government.

Finally, in 1988, Baker returned stateside to star in Atlantic's 40th anniversary bash at New York's Madison Square Garden. That led to a soundtrack appearance in the film Dick Tracy, a starring role in the Broadway musical Black & Blue (replacing her ex-Atlantic labelmate Ruth Brown), a nice comeback disc for DRG (Woke Up This Mornin'), and a memorable appearance at the Chicago Blues Festival. Baker died on March 10, 1997.

Title: Play It Fair - Single

Artist: LaVern Baker

Genre: Pop

Title: Litter Of Kittens

Artist: LaVern Baker

Genre: Blues

Title: HARBOR LIGHTS

Artist: LaVern Baker

Genre: Hip Hop/R&B

Title: Moonshine And Music

Artist: LaVern Baker

Genre: Blues

Title: Tweetle Dee

Artist: LaVern Baker

Genre: Hip Hop/R&B, Soul, Rock

Title: Super Top Hits

Artist: LaVern Baker

Genre: Blues

Title: I Cried A Tear

Artist: LaVern Baker

Genre: Rock

Title: LaVern Baker's Hits

Artist: LaVern Baker

Genre: Soul

Title: Up And Down

Artist: LaVern Baker

Genre: Blues

Title: Look Down

Artist: LaVern Baker

Genre: Blues

Title: Light Branched

Artist: LaVern Baker

Genre: Blues

Title: Rooftop Storys

Artist: LaVern Baker

Genre: Blues

Title: Lets Have A Drink

Artist: LaVern Baker

Genre: Blues

Title: Soul On Fire

Artist: LaVern Baker

Genre: Hip Hop/R&B

Title: Super Bright Hits

Artist: LaVern Baker

Genre: Blues

Title: Magic Winter Sounds

Artist: LaVern Baker

Genre: Blues

Title: LaVern

Artist: LaVern Baker

Genre: Hip Hop/R&B, Soul, Blues, Rock

Title: Art Collection

Artist: LaVern Baker

Genre: Blues

Title: Our Starlet

Artist: LaVern Baker

Genre: Blues

Title: In The Fairy Land

Artist: LaVern Baker

Genre: Blues

Title: Chartbreaker

Artist: LaVern Baker

Genre: Blues

Title: Piano

Artist: LaVern Baker

Genre: Blues

Title: Above The Clouds

Artist: LaVern Baker

Genre: Blues

Title: The Classic Years

Artist: LaVern Baker

Genre: Rock

Title: Saved

Artist: LaVern Baker

Genre: Hip Hop/R&B, Soul, Blues

Title: Delicately Built

Artist: LaVern Baker

Genre: Blues

Title: Music Arena

Artist: LaVern Baker

Genre: Blues

Title: A Silver Cup

Artist: LaVern Baker

Genre: Blues

Title: Go Riding

Artist: LaVern Baker

Genre: Blues

Title: Redwood Tree

Artist: LaVern Baker

Genre: Blues

Title: Sheet Music

Artist: LaVern Baker

Genre: Blues

Title: Summer Cocktail

Artist: LaVern Baker

Genre: Blues

Title: Dinner

Artist: LaVern Baker

Genre: Blues

Title: La Vern

Artist: LaVern Baker

Genre: Hip Hop/R&B

Title: Nightingale

Artist: LaVern Baker

Genre: Blues

Collections

Title: Bawdy Burlesque

Genre: Lounge

Title: 100 Soul Hits

Genre: Rock

Title: Voodoo Jazz & Blues

Genre: Jazz

Title: Soul On Fire

Genre: Blues

Featuring albums

Title: Rainy Day Blues

Artist: Various Arists

Genre: Blues

Title: The Drive In

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Pop

Title: Burlesque Swing

Artist: Bart & Baker

Genre: Jazz

Title: Burlesque Swing

Artist: Baker, Bart

Genre: Jazz

Title: NYC 1961-1966 (CD1)

Artist: Jackie Wilson

Genre: Soul

Title: The One I Love

Artist: Allan Jones

Genre: Pop

Title: 40 Love Songs

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Pop

Title: Cruising Classics

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Pop

Title: Soul Gems

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Hip Hop/R&B, Soul

Title: Sound of the 60'S

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Rock

Title: 60's Girls

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Pop

Title: 60s R&B

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Hip Hop/R&B, Soul

Title: 1965

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Pop

Title: 50S

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Pop

Title: Play 50's Music

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Pop

Title: Oldies Cruising'

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Pop

Title: 50s Oldies

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Pop

Title: 50's Explosion

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Pop

Title: Women of Blues

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Blues

Title: Original 50's

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Pop

Title: Hoodoo Voodoo

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Blues

Title: 60s US Pop

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Pop

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