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4 Aug 2008 | Format: MP3

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Time
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30
1
2:41
30
2
2:54
30
3
3:05
30
4
2:45
30
5
2:20
30
6
2:43
30
7
2:22
30
8
2:54
30
9
2:34
30
10
2:35
30
11
2:41
30
12
2:30
30
13
2:25
30
14
2:58
30
15
2:39
30
16
3:04
30
17
3:08
30
18
2:53
30
19
3:05
30
20
2:53
30
21
3:14
30
22
2:46
30
23
3:04

Product details

  • Original Release Date: 4 Aug 2008
  • Label: Classics Blues & Rhythm Series
  • Copyright: (c) Classics 2005
  • Total Length: 1:04:13
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  • ASIN: B002F4F7PM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 378,820 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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LaVern Baker Cut Off At 2 Volumes In The Massive Series Due To Bankruptcy 14 Jan 2014
By AvidOldiesCollector - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Chronological Classics CDs were a concept of Gilles Pétard of France who set out in 1989 to ambitiously re-release as many of the 78-rpm Jazz/Big Band (Swing) selections as he could, each with detailed and informative inserts. The first volume was Ella Fitzgerald 1935-1937 and, after producing close to 1,000 CDs, the series ceased operations in 2004 after filing for bankruptcy. By that time Pétard had started on some of the earliest 45-rpm/33 1/3-rpm discs, while encompassing many of the top R&B artists of the time. One lamented casualty of the sudden termination of the series was R&B vocalist LaVern Baker, whose volumes were cut off at two, and who was probably on the way to at least four.

I say lamentable because this elegant lady, born Delores Williams on November 11, 1929 in Chicago, was one of just four female vocalists to more than just hold their own on the national singles charts in the early years of R&R with the likes of Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Elvis, Pat Boone, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Everly Brothers and Buddy Holly & The Crickets. The others were Ruth Brown, Brenda Lee and Connie Francis, and all but Connie (inexplicably) have had that success rewarded by induction into the R&R Hall Of Fame.

LaVern's first time on record came in 1949/50 when, as the vocalist billed as Little Miss Sharecropper in the Eddie "Sugarman" Penigar Orchestra, she sang I Wonder, Baby and Easy Baby on RCA Victor 22-0016 and 22-0036 respectively in 1949 (the flipsides were by the orchestra only - and in 1950 Easy Baby was re-released as RCA Victor 50-0020). In 1951 she switched labels, first to National and, billed as Miss Sharecropper, released I've Tried/How Long (National 9151) and I Want To Rock/Take Out Some Time (National 9153), followed by a move to Columbia and their Okeh subsidiary, and as vocalist Bea Baker with Maurice King & His Wolverines she recorded Good Daddy (Columbia 39330) and I Want A Lavender Cadillac (Okeh 6800) - B-sides to both not including Baker.

In 1952 she became the vocalist with the Todd Rhodes orchestra at King Records where she assumed the name LaVern Baker in recording Trying (King 4556), Pig Latin Blues (King 4566),Must I Cry Again (King 4583) and in 1953, Lost Child (King 4601) - all the B-sides being band instrumentals. Later that same year she linked up with Ahmet Ertegun's fledgling Atlantic Records with her first release being the Ertegun-penned Soul On Fire b/w How Can You Leave A Man Like This? (Atlantic 1004), followed in 1954 by I Can't Hold Out Any Longer/I'm Living My Life For You (Atlantic 1030). To this stage her records had done well enough on a regional basis, but a nationally-charting single eluded her. That finally changed with the late 1954 release of Tweedle Dee which, backed by The Gliders (actually Atlantic's baking vocal group The Cues), went to # 4 R&B/# 14 Billboard Pop Top 100 in Jan-Feb 1955 b/w Tomorrow Night (Atlantic 1047).

All sides mentioned above are in the volume 1949-1954. From there to 1965 with Atlantic she would find the charts 25 more times and, in 1966, add her last in a duet with Jackie Wilson for Brunswick. These are listed in the Comments below, with an asterisk (*) preceding those included in the volume 1955-1957. Tracks 14, 18 and 20 in the volume 1949-1954, while tracks 3, 7, 17, 20, 21, 22 in the volume 1955-1957 are from the 1956 LP "LaVern" (Atlantic 8002). Track 22 in the volume 1949-1954 is an earlier unreleased version of the same song that appears in the volume 1955-1957 and which did not appear on record until 1962 in the LP "See See Rider" (Atlantic 8071).

LaVern, who passed away at age 67 on March 10, 1997, did get to see her name enshrined in the R&R Hall Of Fame in 1991, thereby correcting a five year oversight since she should have been among the first inductees in 1986.
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