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Singer Lavern Baker Dies At 67

LaVern Baker, the rhythm and blues singer best known for her gold-record 1950s hits “Tweedle-Dee” and “Jim Dandy,” has died. She was 67.

Baker, who in 1991 became only the second woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, died Monday at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. A diabetic, she had suffered strokes and two years ago had both legs amputated below the knee.

Among her other hits were “I Cried a Tear,” “Shake a Hand,” “Saved” and “See See Rider.”

In recent years Baker recorded “Saved” and “Leaving It Up to You” for the film “Shag,” and “Slow Rolling Mama” for the colorful motion picture “Dick Tracy.”

Although many fans felt she was admitted belatedly to the Hall of Fame, the irrepressible Baker said at the presentation: “Regardless of how old you are when you get this, it’s still good, baby.”

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