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LaVern Baker

Delores LaVern Baker (November 11, 1929 – March 10, 1997) was an American R&B singer who had several hit records on the pop chart in the 1950s and early 1960s. Her most successful records were "Tweedle Dee" (1955), "Jim Dandy" (1956), and "I Cried a Tear" (1958).

Baker was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991. The Hall remarked that her "fiery fusion of blues, jazz and R&B showcased her alluring vocals and set the stage for the rock and roll surge of the Fifties". From 1955 to 1965, 20 of her songs made the R&B charts. Over the years, Elvis Presley recorded eight Baker songs.

Birth and Death Data: Born November 11, 1929 (Chicago), Died March 10, 1997 (Queens)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1949 - 1969

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist

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Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor D9VB-0383 10-in. 2/25/1949 Easy baby LaVern Baker ; Eddie "Sugarman" Penigar Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Victor D9VB-0384 10-in. 2/25/1949 I wonder baby LaVern Baker ; Eddie "Sugarman" Penigar Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Decca 116486 9/2/1965 Please don't hurt me (I've never been in love before) LaVern Baker ; Jackie Wilson vocalist  
Decca 116487 9/2/1965 Think twice LaVern Baker ; Jackie Wilson vocalist  
Decca 116640 10/8/1965 Pledging my love LaVern Baker vocalist  
Decca 117102 3/9/1966 Baby LaVern Baker vocalist  
Decca 117103 3/9/1966 One monkey (don't stop the show) LaVern Baker vocalist  
Decca 117104 3/9/1966 I'm gonna get you LaVern Baker ; Jackie Wilson vocalist  
Decca 117105 3/9/1966 I'm still gonna love him LaVern Baker vocalist  
Decca 117609 6/24/1966 Call me darling LaVern Baker vocalist  
Decca 117610 6/24/1966 Batman to the rescue LaVern Baker vocalist  
Decca 118279 11/25/1966 Wrapped, tied and tangled LaVern Baker vocalist  
Decca 118280 11/25/1966 Nothing like being in love LaVern Baker vocalist  
Decca 119243 7/26/1967 Born to lose LaVern Baker vocalist  
Decca 119244 7/26/1967 I need you so LaVern Baker vocalist  
Decca 119245 7/26/1967 Play it fair LaVern Baker vocalist  
Decca 121395 March 1969 I'm the one to do it LaVern Baker vocalist  
Decca 121814 June 1969 Love is ending LaVern Baker vocalist  
Decca 121815 June 1969 Baby don't you do it LaVern Baker vocalist  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Baker, LaVern," accessed May 30, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/302608.

Baker, LaVern. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 30, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/302608.

"Baker, LaVern." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 30 May 2024.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/302608

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