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LaVern Baker

What do you know about LaVern Baker
Enjoy this Alan's FUN Music Trivia Quiz
"Check Your Answers" at the end of the quiz.

1) She was born Delores LaVern Baker in Chicago, Illinois. LaVern Baker
What date was she born?

  1. November 11, 1929

  2. November 11, 1930

  3. November 11, 1931

  4. November 11, 1932

2) Who was her blues singer aunt?

  1. Bessie Smith

  2. Merline Johnson

  3. Lucy Johnson

  4. Alice Baker

3) She began singing in Chicago clubs such as the Club DeLisa around 1946, often billed as Little Miss Sharecropper.

  • True or False?

4) She changed her name briefly to Bea Baker when recording for Okeh Records in 1951, and then became LaVern Baker when singing with a band in 1952.
Who was the band leader?

  1. Tex Avery

  2. Roger Rivers

  3. Todd Rhodes

  4. Ted Hayes

5) In 1953 she signed with a record label as a solo artist, her first release being "Soul on Fire".
What was the record label?

  1. Crunch Records

  2. A&M Records

  3. Freed Records

  4. Atlantic Records

6) Her first hit came in early 1955, with the Latin-tempo "Tweedlee Dee" reaching #4 on the R&B chart and #14 on the national US pop charts.
Who scored the bigger hit with her version of "Tweedle Dee", for which Baker unsuccessfully attempted to sue her?

  1. Georgia Gibbs

  2. Elizabeth Banks

  3. Betty Baker

  4. Alice Tatum

7) In 1958, what song hit #6 on the pop chart?

  1. “Bop-Ting-a-Ling"

  2. "I Cried a Tear"

  3. "That's All I Need"

  4. "Play It Fair"

8) Neil Sedaka/Howard Greenfield wrote her 1959 hit "I Waited Too Long".

  • True or False?

9) In the late 1960s, she became seriously ill after a trip to Vietnam to entertain American soldiers. While recovering at the Subic Bay Naval Base in the Philippines, a friend recommended that she stay on as the entertainment director at the Marine Corps Staff NCO club there.
How many years did she remain there?

  1. 10 years

  2. 12 years

  3. 22 years

  4. 26 years

10) It is a song written by Lincoln Chase, and was first recorded by LaVern Baker in 1956. It reached the top of the R&B chart and #17 on the pop charts in the U.S. It was named one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll and was ranked #343 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
What is the song?

  1. "Get Up Get Up"

  2. "Still"

  3. "I Can't Love You Enough"

  4. "Jim Dandy"

11) In 1991, What year did Baker became the second female solo artist inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, following Aretha Franklin in 1987?

  1. 1988

  2. 1989

  3. 1990

  4. 1991

12) LaVern Baker died from coronary complications from diabetes on March 10, 1997, and was interred in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Kew Gardens, New York. She originally lay in an unmarked grave, but a fundraiser was scheduled by local historians to give LaVern a headstone.
When was headstone laid?

  1. May 4, 2006

  2. May 4, 2007

  3. May 4, 2008

  4. May 4, 2009

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