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"Somebody has to pay the dues," says LaVern Baker. Here are the remarkable stories of six dazzlingly talented performers who blazed the R & B trail--the 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 & B hits ever.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780306809194
ISBN-10: 0306809192
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Pages: 344
Imprint: Da Capo Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 3-Dec-1999
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Chip Deffaa

Chip Deffaa, jazz critic for the New York Post, has written seven other books, including Voices of the Jazz Age: Profiles of Eight Vintage Jazzmen and Swing Legacy. A winner of the ASCAP--Deems Taylor Award, he contributes regularly to Entertainment Weekly, JazzTimes, and Crescendo.