LaVern Baker

LaVern Baker

She helped pave the way for rock and roll.

Founded

November 11, 1929 in Chicago, Illinois

Full Name

Delores Evans

Date of Birth

November 11, 1929 in Chicago, Illinois

Still Alive

Date of Death

March 10, 1997 in Queens, New York

Influenced By

Gospel, Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Dinah Washington

Later Influenced

Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan

Lavern Baker, 1956.
Lavern Baker, 1956.

About The artist

"A rock and roll diva with an irresistible belt and sultry R&B edge. 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. A versatile vocalist, LaVern Baker 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."
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

"We can hear the soul, the spirit, and the sense of humor in her art."
Chaka Khan

Did you know...

In 1969, Baker became seriously ill during a trip to entertain troops in Vietnam. She spent her recovery at U.S. naval base at Subic Bay, in the Philippines and ended up running the NCO club there for 22 years.

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