Previous Single Artist Record Of The Week
From The Collection Of Paul Ressler

(Biweekly 10/18/03 - 10/31/03)


"I Want A Lavender Cadillac"
Vocal Chorus by Bea Baker
Maurice King & his Wolverines
on Okeh 6800
released in 1951


Photo Of Bea Baker (LaVern Baker)

Above: Photo of Bea Baker, later to become famous as LaVern Baker. Born Delores, she began her career billed as "Little Miss Sharecropper" (used on her first record, RCA Victor, 1949). She became Bea Baker in 1951 and finally LaVern Baker when recording with Todd Rhodes in 1952 and continuing on to her hits with the Atlantic label.

Click HERE for an article about LaVern Baker by Marv Goldberg.


Photo Of Maurice King/Wolverines

Above: Photo of Maurice King & his Wolverines. From 1944 to 1947, King was Musical Director and European Tour Manager for the International Sweethearts Of Rhythm, the famous all girl orchestra. In 1950, he formed The Wolverines consisting of King (alto sax), Thomas Bowles (baritone sax), Louis Barnett (tenor sax), Russell Green (trumpet), Neil Robinson (piano), Clarence Sherrill (bass), and Elbert Langford (drums).


Okeh Label-I Want A Lavender Cadillac-1951

Above: Label image of Okeh 6800 recorded in March 1951 and released in June of that year.

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