Rest In Peace
This is not how I planned to start it.
One of the greatest Blues/R&B artists EVER.
She was first discovered by Johnny Otis (who died yesterday) and followed him to Los Angeles to record and toured with him until she joined Chess Records.
With Chess Records she broke through and crossed over at a time when it was nearly unheard of for a Black artist, let alone a Black woman, to do so.
Her influence cannot be overstated.
And they ALL know it.
Her first hit. The one that brought Johnny Otis' attention.
Her great crossover hit. A staple at proms and wedding receptions. Still.
One of her greatest hits. It has become a Blues/R&B standard.
It was originally released as a B Side.
I'd Rather Go Blind