1929 – Born on November 11th in Chicago, Illinois. American rhythm-and-blues singer notable for her vocal power and rhythmic energy.
1946 – At age 17 she performed as Little Miss Sharecropper.
1955-1965 – Her tenure with Atlantic Records yielded 15 rhythm-and-blues hits, most notably “Tweedle Dee”, “Jim Dandy”, and “I Cried a Tear”.
– Her only jazz album, LaVern Baker Sings Bessie Smith, revealed her mastery of drama, expression, and soul.
1970 – She retired to the Philippines and returned to performing in concerts and clubs in the United States two decades later.
1997 – Died on March 10th in New York City.