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LaVern Baker
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    (November 11, 1929-March 10, 1997)
    Birth name is Delores Williams
    Recorded 'Jim Dandy,' 'Tweedlee Dee,' 'See See Rider,' 'Bob Ting-a-Ling,' 'Tra La La,' 'I Cried a Tear,' and 'Jim Dandy Got Married'
    She recorded many songs with goofy titles.
    She reportedly disliked her 1950's recordings.
    She left the music business in the late 1960's.
    She spent 20 years managing a club on a military base in the Philippines.
    She recorded a Bessie Smith tribute album.
    She resumed her career in the 1980's.
    She appeared in the Broadway musical 'Black and Blue.'
    She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1991).
    She lost both legs due to diabetes.
    She continued performing in a wheelchair until her death.

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