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Joyce Bryant
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    (October 14, 1928- )
    Born in Oakland, California
    Recorded 'Drunk With Love' and 'Love For Sale'
    She eloped at 14, with the marriage ending shortly after.
    Trying to upstage Josephine Baker, she sprayed silver radiator paint in her hair, which made it fall out.
    Her tunes were banned due to their risqué lyrics.
    She left secular music after a religious conversion in 1955 during the height of her notoriety.
    She ended up singing on cruise ships by the 1960s.
    Her curve-hugging, cleavage-baring mermaid dresses brought her the title of the 'The Bronze Blonde Bombshell.'
    She was an outspoken critic of segregation in night clubs and hotels and urged fellow entertainers to fight Jim Crow laws.
    She was beaten bloody by a gangster whose advances she rebuffed.
    By the 1970s, she was an acclaimed vocal coach, whose clients included Phyllis Hyman and Jennifer Holliday.
    Her sexy, swishy walk, reportedly causing her to lose 4 lbs. each performance, pre-dated shapeless Miley Cyrus' 'twerking' by decades.
    She sung of love and drunkenness 60 years before Beyoncé.

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