LaVern Baker: Jim Dandy Got Married and Playing the Game of Love

Jim Dandy Got Married

Dolores Williams, aka LaVern Baker (with several name stops along the way, including “Little Miss Sharecropper”) became the second woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — following Aretha Franklin — in 1991. Here is a bit from her HoF bio:

A versatile vocalist, LaVern Baker (born Delores Williams) proved capable of melding blues, jazz and R&B styles in a way that made possible the emergence of a new idiom: rock and roll. During her time at Atlantic Records (1953-62), Baker cut half a dozen singles that rose to high positions on both the pop and R&B charts, including “”Tweedle Dee”” and “”Jim Dandy.”” The niece of blues singer Memphis Minnie, Baker was blessed with a powerful voice, which she put to use as a teenager singing in nightclubs under the stage name Little Miss Sharecropper. She recorded under that and other pseudonyms (including Bea Baker), finally adopting the name LaVern Baker while singing for Todd Rhodes and His Orchestra. Her recording career swung into high gear with her signing to Atlantic in 1953.

Playing the Game of Love

Here is LaVern Baker’s AllMusic bio and links to the great Voodoo Voodoo and the original Jim Dandy.

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  • Jim

    I saved this e-mail since October so I could thank you for this. Baker was incredible. “Tweedle Dee”, “I Cried A Tear” and of course that duet with Jackie Wilson “Think Twice”. Back in the 50’s black artists didn’t get the same radio play as white artists so Georgia Gibbs version of TweedLe Dee became the bigger hit. Thanks for keeping the music going.

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