The Record Collection

LaVern Baker: Blues side of Rock ‘n’ Roll

Star-club CD 50606

Track list:

01 – Hey, Memphis
02 – Voodoo Voodoo
03 – Tweedlee Dee
04 – Jim Dandy
05 – Tra La La
06 – St. Louis Blues
07 – Still
08 – Jim Dandy Got Married
09 – Whipper Snapper
10 – Substitute
11 – Bop-Ting-a-Ling
12 – Humpty Dumpty Heart
13 – Saved
14 – Dix-A-Billy
15 – That’s All I Need
16 – He’s A Real Gone Guy
17 – I Can’t Love You Enough
18 – Itty Bitty Girl
19 – Oh, Johnny Oh, Johnny
20 – See See Rider
21 – So High So Low
22 – Shake A Hand
23 – I Cried A Tear
24 – Bumble Bee
25 – You Said
26 – I Waited Too Long

Delores LaVern Baker: born November 11, 1929, Chicago, Illinois… died March 10, 1997, Manhattan, N.Y.

She is occasionally referred to as Delores Williams because of an early marriage to Eugene Williams;  in the late 1940s he was identified in RCA Victor record company files as “D. L. McMurley.”

She was the niece of blues singer Merline Johnson and was also related to Memphis Minnie.

LaVern Baker died from cardiovascular disease on March 10, 1997, at the age of 67.

Originally buried in an unmarked plot in Maple Grove Cemetery in Kew Gardens, New York, her grave received a headstone on May 4, 2008, after a fundraiser was held by local historians.

 

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