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 - Betty Davis

  • Betty Davis

    Betty Davis LP (1973)

    Just Sunshine Records

Ranked #183 in the Soul Strut 200

Prior to being hitched to Miles Davis,  Betty Davis released a few run of the mill soul 45s under her maiden name Betty Mabry in the 1960s.  As the 70s approached, she moved to NYC where as a model she attracted the attention of Jimi Hendrix and Sly Stone ultimately transforming her into a rough edged funk rocker with taboo sex appeal.  Her 1973 eponymous debut on Just Sunshine is nasty and open anchored by Davis's signature brand of growling female soul.   Crate diggers will applaud the phonky low down cuts "Anti Love Song" and "Game Is My Middle Name" as well as the killer opening cut "If I'm In Luck I Might Get Picked Up".  Her follow up Nasty Gal is just as banging. Fun fact:  this album features the guitar work of Neil Schon from Journey.   


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