Episode 24 was recorded especially in Berlin, with our co-founder Katy Derbyshire telling us about the blues and R&B singer LaVern Baker. Recorded live at Restaurant März, and produced and presented by Susan Stone in September 2019.
Show notes & pics:
Chicago’s Club DeLisa, 1942
That first hit
The Tweedlee Dee Girl herself
Height of fame
Pretty in mink
Marines on shore leave, Philippines
Later in life
Katy’s favourite pic.
You can read more about LaVern Baker in Chip Deffaa’s book Blue Rhythms. Six Lives in Rhythm and Blues.
Head over to Spotify for our special playlist…
Or look up all those different “Saved” covers on YouTube… Skip Phil Collins to 1:32 to watch LaVern do it in colour just after being rediscovered in 1986, plus a great little interview at the end. And a longer interview is here… But whatever you do, don’t listen to “Think Twice, Version X” at work.
Our theme music is “Little Lily Swing” by Tri-Tachyon.
Thanks for listening! We’ll be back with a new episode in October. And here’s a link to our Patreon page, in case you’d like to help fund transcripts.