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1991 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Lavern Baker

LaVern Baker

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Inductee LaVern Baker

Hall of Fame Essay


Leo Sacks

LaVern Baker down in her chesty contralto for the phrase that made her fabulous fill on “Tweedlee Dee” so memorable in 1954: “Hompy-om-bom-bom!”

That warmth of spirit, nurtured by the Baptist church, brought out the best in the robust Baker— one of the first women to capture the essence of rock & roll and, as the kids would say, a real gone gal.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program Cover 1991
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Lavern Baker and Bruce Springsteen

we can hear the soul, the spirit, and the sense of humor in her art

Chaka Khan

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