Synopses & Reviews
”Somebody has to pay the dues,” says LaVern Baker. Here are the remarkable stories of six dazzlingly talented performers who blazed the R and B trailthe story of the performers music and also of their struggle against racism and financial exploitation: Ruth Brown and LaVern Baker, two of the most popular female black singers of the 1950s; Little Jimmy Scott, whom Madonna calls the only singer who ever really made her cry; Charles Brown, master of the club blues” style; Floyd Dixon, a more rambunctious fellow-traveler; and the earthy, urbane Jimmy Witherspoon, who recorded some of the biggest R and B hits ever.
Never before in paperback: The high times--and hard times--of six of the greatest living rhythm and blues artists, told in their own words.
Includes bibliographical references (p.-274) and index.
About the Author
Chip Deffaa, jazz critic for the New York Post, has written seven other books, including Voices of the Jazz
Table of Contents
Ruth Brown -- Little Jimmy Scott -- Charles Brown -- Floyd Dixon -- LaVern Baker -- Jimmy Witherspoon.