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LaVern Baker: Four Classic Albums (Lavern / Lavern Baker / Sings Bessie Smith / Blues Ballads) (2CD)
 
AVID R&B launches with it’s Four Classic R&B album series with a re-mastered 2CD release by LaVern Baker, complete with original artwork, liner notes and personnel details.
“LaVern”; “LaVern Baker”; “Sings Bessie Smith” and “Blues Ballads”
Our first artist on our new label is Rock n Roll Hall of Famer, Miss LaVern Baker. Born Delores Evans in Chicago in 1928, LaVern Baker was following a well-worn path for female singers and playing in clubs around the Chicago area as early as 1951 under such names as Miss Sharecropper and Bea Baker (under which name she recorded for Okeh Records in 1951). As LaVern Baker she signed to Atlantic Records in 1953 and had a series of R&B hits over the next few years including “Tweedle Dee”, “Bop Ting A Ling” and the all-time classic, “Jim Dandy” which would sell a million copies and go on to be voted Number 343 in Rolling Stones Top 500 All Time Greatest Songs as well as being voted as one of the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame’s greatest songs to have shaped Rock N Roll!
Wow! Not a bad legacy to leave behind!

CD1
1-12: ‘LaVern’
1. Lots And Lots Of Love
2. Of Course I Do
3. You’ll Be Crying
4. Miracles
5. I’m In A Crying Mood
6. Mine All Mine
7. Harbor Lights
8. I’ll Never Be Free
9. Romance In The Dark
10. Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool
11. How Long Will It Be
12. Fool That I Am
13-26: ‘LaVern Baker’
13. Jim Dandy
14. Tra La La
15. I Can’t Love You Enough
16. Get Up, Get Up (You Sleepy Head)
17. That’s All I Need
18. Bop-Ting-A-Ling
19. Tweedle Dee
20. Still
21. Play It Fair
22. Tomorrow Night
23. That Lucky Old Sun
24. Soul On Fire
25. My Happiness Forever
26. How Can You Leave A Man Like This?

CD2
1-12: ‘Sings Bessie Smith’
1. Gimme A Pigfoot
2. Baby Doll
3. On Revival Day
4. Money Blues
5. I Ain’t Gonna Play No Second Fiddle
6. Back Water Blues
7. Empty Bed Blues
8. There’ll Be A Hot Time In The Old Town Tonight
9. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
10. After You’ve Gone
11. Young Woman’s Blues
12. Preaching The Blues
13-24: ‘Blues Ballads’
13. I Cried A Tear
14. If You Love Me
15. You’re Teasing Me
16. Love Me Right
17. Dix-A-Billy
18. So High, So Low
19. I Waited Too Long
20. Why Baby Why
21. Humpty Dumpty Heart
22. It’s So Fine
23. Whipper Snapper
24. St. Louis Blues

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