Betty Davis

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This article is about Betty Davis the singer. The article about Bette Davis the actress can be found here

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Betty Davis on the cover of her Nasty Gal LP, 1975.

Betty Davis (born 1945) was a singer. She was also Miles Davis' second wife.

Betty Mabry was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She moved to New York City in the 1960's, working as a model and singer. Mabry met several singers including Jimi Hendrix and Sly Stone.

Mabry met Miles Davis in 1967 and married him in September 1968. In just one year of marriage she influenced him greatly, introducing him to Hendrix and Stone. This experience led Miles Davis to record Bitches Brew. In that regard, Betty Davis could be called the initiator of Fusion. The couple divorced after only one year of marriage.

In 1973 her first record, Betty Davis, was released. It had impressive lyrics and funkiness on songs such as "Anti Love Song," as well as an impressive list of musicians:

Tracks on Betty Davis

  1. If I'm in Luck I Might Get Picked Up
  2. Walkin Up The Road
  3. Anti Love Song
  4. Your Man My Man
  5. Ooh Yea
  6. Steppin in Her I. Miller Shoes
  7. Game Is My Middle Name
  8. In the Meantime

Betty Davis was not successful as a singer. Her open sexual attitude was controversial for the time. Some of her shows were boycotted and her songs not played on the radio due to pressure by religious groups.

Davis released two more studio albums, They Say I'm Different (1974) and Nasty Gal (1975). These albums were also not commercial successes. Davis stopped making music and returned to Pennsylvania.

Material from a 1979 recording session was eventually used for two further albums, Hangin' out in Hollywood (1995) and Crashin' from Passion (1996). A greatest hits album, Anti Love: The Best of Betty Davis, was released in 2000.de:Betty Davis

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