LaVern Baker sang R&B in the genre's early days… and she did it so well. Though her records weren't smash hits, they were popular on U.S. radio and made waves on the R&B charts. To honor the 15th anniversary of Baker's death, we're listening to a few of her greatest tracks, showcasing the many facets of her musical range and talent.
LaVern Baker (Wikimedia Commons)
Tweedlee Dee – perky and cute
Jim Dandy – an upbeat tune with a great shouted vocal
I Cried a Tear – a slow but swingin' ballad
Written by Linnea Crowther