1949-1954

1949-1954

by LaVern Baker
     
 

A distant relative of Memphis Minnie, LaVern Baker was instrumental in reshaping the blues vocal into something closer to pop. This interesting collection includes the fiery singer's earliest sides, beginning with her debut recording for RCA Victor in 1949, "Easy Baby," when she was billing herself as …  See more details below

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A distant relative of Memphis Minnie, LaVern Baker was instrumental in reshaping the blues vocal into something closer to pop. This interesting collection includes the fiery singer's earliest sides, beginning with her debut recording for RCA Victor in 1949, "Easy Baby," when she was billing herself as Little Miss Sharecropper. Also included here are sides she cut for the Columbia and OKeh labels in 1952 under the name Bea Baker, and the four songs she recorded for the King label a year later under her own name before signing with Atlantic in 1953. Baker's stay at Atlantic was to last ten years, and her reputation rests with the material she did while with the label, the earliest sides of which appear on this compilation, including the masterful "Must I Cry Again," the stunning "Soul on Fire," and her first big hit, "Tweedle Dee." White singer Georgia Gibbs quickly did a note-for-note cover of "Tweedle Dee" and had a substantial pop hit with it, leading Baker to sue her, and although Baker lost the suit, she had no problem hitting the pop charts with her subsequent Atlantic releases. Sexy, sensual, and a dynamite singer, Baker brought style and substance to her jazzy jump blues material, transforming it to the edge of rock & roll, and paving the way for the pop-soul of the 1960s. Her best work was on Atlantic, and this collection just edges into that era, so casual listeners may be better off picking up Atlantic's fine 20-track, single-disc Soul on Fire anthology that features the highlights from her stay with the label. As a buildup to that, though, this chronological set gives a fine portrait of this impressive performer.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/26/2005
Label:
Classics R&B
UPC:
3448967512629
catalogNumber:
5126
Rank:
170025

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

LaVern Baker   Primary Artist,Vocals
Hank Jones   Piano
Joe Williams   Bass
Taft Jordan   Trumpet
Jimmy Lewis   Guitar
Todd Rhodes   Piano
Mickey Baker   Guitar
Connie Kay   Drums
Louis Barnett   Tenor Saxophone
Bill Benjamin   Drums
Thomas "Beans" Bowles   Baritone
Teddy Buckner   Baritone
Sonny Cohn   Trumpet
Walter Davis   Piano
Holley Dismukes   Alto Saxophone
John Faire   Guitar
Charlie Hooks   Trumpet
Dave McRae   Baritone
Freddie Mitchell   Tenor Saxophone
Red Saunders   Drums
Louis Stephens   Tenor Saxophone
Lloyd Trotman   Bass
Williams   Piano
Pinky Williams   Baritone
Bea Baker   Vocals
Oett "Sax" Mallard   Saxophone
Maurice King   Alto Saxophone
Sylvester Payne   Drums
Neal Robinson   Piano
Russell Green   Trumpet
Joseph Marshall   Drums
Gliders   Vocals
O.S. Coleman   Drums
Elbert Langford   Drums
Little Miss Sharecropper   Vocals
Clarence Sherrill   Bass
Ellis "Stumpy" Whitlock   Trumpet
Sam Taylor   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Tenor Saxophone,Baritone

Technical Credits

LaVern Baker   Composer
Lincoln Chase   Composer
Dave Penny   Liner Notes
Winfield Scott   Composer
J. Stone   Composer
Andrew Williams   Composer
Sam Coslow   Composer
Eric Lipsenthal   Composer
D. Taylor   Composer
Eddie "Sugarman" Penigar   Composer

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