Personalities | LaVern Baker | Fifties | Rock

(Vocals, b. 1929)

Chicago-born Delores Williams sang in church choirs, but after bandleader Fletcher Henderson discovered her, she became the first black torch singer of the rock era, and in 1953, was one of the early artists signed to Atlantic Records. Many of her 20 US R&B hits were novelty items, including her 1957 No. 1, ‘Jim Dandy’, but several, like 1955’s ‘Tweedle Dee’, were successfully covered for white audiences by Georgia Gibbs, and Baker unjustly lost out.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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