Soul on Fire: Best of LaVern Baker
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The best surprise was mine to enjoy--not only did I reconnect all of my memories, I gained a true appreciation of what a wonderful treasure LaVern Baker was. My goodness. Between LaVern Baker and Fats Domino, do you need anything else to remember those years?
There is not a single bad song on this album. Every song she sings is emminently enjoyable. But it--you won't regret it.
Let's face it, the early days of R&R were male dominated, and when you get right down to it, only three women were able to consistently hold their own on the charts in those days with the likes of Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Elvis, Pat Boone, Jerry Lee Lewis, and The Everly Brothers. They were Connie Francis, Brenda Lee, and LaVern Baker.
Born Delores Williams on November 11, 1929 in Chicago, her first record releases came in 1951 on Columbia's Okeh subsidiary when she was billed as Bea Baker and, later that same year, as "Little Miss Sharecropper" on the National label. In 1952 she took the name LaVern Baker while performing with Todd Rhodes & His Orchestra, and her success there led to a contract with the fledgling Atlantic Records. Her first release, Soul On Fire - fittingly the title for this CD - was written by the label's legendary founder Ahmet Ertegun, and while it didn't chart in either the R&B or pop Top 40 when released in late 1953, that would change in 1955.
In January that year, with her back-up group The Gliders, she released the bouncy Tweedlee Dee which, b/w the soulful Tomorrow Night [an Elvis favorite] went to # 4 R&B and # 14 pop. And although it was outsold in the latter market by a rushed-out Georgia Gibbs cover, the buying public would not let that happen again. From there to her last big charted hit in 1966, no one dared cover her again.Read more ›
She pays tribute to other legends such as Bessie Smith (St. Lous Blues); Esther Phillips (What A Difference A Day Made); Patti Page (Tennessee Waltz). Her workouts on her own recent Broadway-related material, also beg return spins.
The band is tight and strong; background voices mixed nicely, especially on See See Rider and a lesser-discussed nugget, Play It Fair (she also recut it Brunwick in the late '60s); ad they show no signs of slowing on the rousing finale, Saved.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This album was lost a few years ago and I've missed it. Good to have another. Laverne Baker is the best.Published 10 months ago by Gayle Peterson
nice performance from one of the great old school ladies of R&B,,,,,,Published 11 months ago by JOHN S......
Delores LaVern Baker (1929-97) was an American rhythm and blues singer, who had several hit records on the pop chart in the 1950s and early 1960s. Read morePublished 14 months ago by ScorpioSeven
Probably one of the best songs of the rock era,most memorable certainly is Tweedle Dee. LaVern Baker really gets you going. Her energy on all the songs is great !Published on February 13, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Soul on Fire: The Best of LaVern Baker offers up twenty excellent tunes by the wonderful LaVern Baker. Read morePublished on March 17, 2009 by Matthew G. Sherwin
LAVERN BAKER WAS ONE OF THE BIGGEST SELLING ARTISTS OF THE 1950'S WITH PLENTY OF HITS ON THE CHARTS. SHE HAD A BEAUTIFUL VOICE, WITH GREAT PHRASING AND INTONATION. Read morePublished on May 12, 2008 by COMPUTERJAZZMAN
I actually wonder if people praising this collection below did listen to it. I hope the new Platinum Collection that was remastered last year by Rhino (as for Ruth Brown) has a... Read morePublished on March 18, 2008 by Hugues Orsetti
I remember hearing "Jim Dandy" on an oldies radio station, and getting instant recall to hearing it as a child in the fifties from the back seat of my dad's 1953 Plymouth. Read morePublished on November 19, 2007 by Reginald Royster
I thought I would never get to hear "My Happiness" or "Shake A Hand" again, but was thrilled when I found them. This CD is one of my most prized possessions! It's totally awesome!Published on March 10, 2006 by Sue Bearden