What do you know about LaVern
Alan's FUN Music Trivia Quiz.
Your Answers" at the end of the quiz.
1) She was born Delores
LaVern Baker in Chicago, Illinois.
What date was she born?
November 11, 1929
November 11, 1930
November 11, 1931
November 11, 1932
2) Who was her blues singer aunt?
3) She began singing in
Chicago clubs such as the Club DeLisa around 1946, often billed
as Little Miss Sharecropper.
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?
5) In 1953 she signed with a
record label as a solo artist, her first release being "Soul on
What was the record label?
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?
7) In 1958, what song hit #6 on the
"I Cried a Tear"
"That's All I Need"
"Play It Fair"
8) Neil Sedaka/Howard
Greenfield wrote her 1959 hit "I Waited Too Long".
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?
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.
is the song?
"Get Up Get Up"
"I Can't Love You Enough"
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?
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?
May 4, 2006
May 4, 2007
May 4, 2008
May 4, 2009