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LaVern Baker wasn’t just one of the most driven, incendiary vocalists of the '50s, an era when the competition was stiff. Her synthesis of R&B, pop, and jazz balladry also set the stage for the soul innovations of the '60s. Because it was used in movies and TV, “Jim Dandy” became her most visible hit, although in the public’s mind it relegated her to one-hit-wonder status. She was known as a dame of early rock ‘n’ roll, something like a one-woman Coasters. In reality, Baker was noteworthy for the diversity of her talents, something that can’t be said for many early rock ‘n’ roll stars. She had an elastic voice that could convey the emotion of any scenario, from the sanctified fervor of “Saved” and the sweetness of “I Can’t Love You Enough” to the lust of “Still.” This collection confirms her reputation as a brassy shouter, but it also enriches her legacy. She was a master interpreter and gave everything she had to every performance. The performer represented by this collection is a singer of commitment and expertise.

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It's All Rock Music

From a musician's point of view this is all rock music right here folks, back when rock really had rhythm and actually sounded good! Buy This Here and See For Yourself!

Uncle Buck loves "Tweedle Dee!"

Ya gotta have "Tweedle Dee" from the first kitchen scene in "Uncle Buck." It's a rockin' tune and John Candy's character knows it! My album rating is misguided because I have only heard snippets of the other songs, but it sounds like I need to pick up the whole thing.

I Cried a Tear

Great Singer


Born: November 11, 1929 in Chicago, IL

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

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...
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