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Baker, LaVern

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Born: 1929 AD
Died: 1997 AD, at 67 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Singer

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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.

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