“He was a biiig freak. I used to beat him with a turquoise chain...”
Ask any funk nerd and he’ll tell ya: Nobody compares to Betty Davis.
She was funkier than Chaka Khan, nastier than “Baby Jean” Kennedy, freakier than Tina Turner. And she wrote all her own songs.
Betty Mabry got the name “Davis” from a one-year marriage to Miles. Betty is credited with turning Miles on to the music of Jimi Hendrix and Sly Stone, thus changing the course of jazz history. (Pass the “Bitches Brew,” please.)
That’s all cool, but Betty’s own music made an impact too. All the more so in the Crate-Digging Era. (Ask any hip-hop nerd. He’ll tell ya.)
Four months ago, Seattle’s Light In the Attic Records reissued Betty Davis’s first two albums (plus bonus tracks).
Soon thereafter, three cuts off her 1974 LP, “They Say I’m Different,” became available as FREE MP3s at Download.com.
Follow this link to grab ’em.
If you want a little taste beforehand, I’m streaming “He Was a Big Freak” on my Vox blog. Click here to listen.