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Lavelle White

Lavelle White (born July 3, 1929) was born in Amite City, Louisiana. Her parents were sharecroppers.

She started to write poetry at the age of 12, which led her to songwriting and singing gospel songs. White relocated to Houston, Texas, at the age of 15, and started to perform in that city's blues clubs with the guitarist Clarence Hollimon. Her break came when Johnny Copeland recommended her to Don Robey, the owner of the Duke and Peacock record labels. She was then billed as Miss La-Vell. White recorded fourteen tracks, releasing a number of singles for Duke, between 1958 and 1964. These included "If I Could Be with You", "Just Look at You Fool", "Stop These Teardrops", and "The Tide of Love".

White toured across the United States when her recording contract expired. In the 1960s she shared stages with many musicians, including Bland, Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Junior Parker, Aretha Franklin and Jerry Butler. She moved to Chicago in 1978, where she performed in various clubs and worked with Junior Wells, Lonnie Brooks and Buddy Guy. She returned to Houston eight years later.

Her debut album, "Miss Lavelle". was released in 1994 when White was 65. She has been nominated several times for a Blues Music Award and in 2006 was inducted into the Texas Music Hall of Fame.

Album Discography

"Miss Lavelle" (Antone's 1994)

1 Yes, I've Been Crying 3:53
2 Voodoo Man 4:27
3 Why Young Men Go Wild 3:30
4 You're Gonna Make Me Cry 4:44
5 Stop These Teardrops 3:12
6 Go To The Mirror 5:09
7 For You My Love 4:22
8 Lead Me On 3:19
9 About The Facts Of Life 4:15
10 Wrappin' Up Our Love 3:23
11 It's A Miracle 3:20
12 Tin Pan Alley 6:02

"It Haven't Been Easy" (Discovery 1996)

1 I've Never Found A Man To Love
2 Lay Down Beside Me
3 Don't Let My Baby Ride
4 Wootie Boogie
5 A Little Bit Of This, A Little Bit Of That
6 Mississippi , My Home
7 Automatic Love
8 Black Widow Spider
9 Oh What A Feeling
10 It Haven't Been Easy
11 Can't Take It (I Don't Give A Damn)
12 Those Lonely Lonely Nights

"Texas Soul Sisters" (Dialtone 2003)

-Lavelle Flight 449 3:54
–Gloria I'm Your Hoochie Mama 5:24
–Glenda Rain Down Love 6:02
–Miss Candy You Treat Me So Bad 3:40
–Lavelle I Want To Know 3:56
–Glenda Feet Don't Fail Me 6:39
–Gloria Better Think About It 5:42
–Lavelle Bad Song 3:14
–Gloria H-Town 2:34
–Glenda Keep Your Hands Off Of Him 3:30
–Miss Candy That's Why I Love You 3:09
–Gloria Last Train To Nowhere 4:41
–Miss Candy Miss Candy's Groove 2:36

"Into The Mystic" (Texas Music Group/Antone's 2003)

Soul Deep 3:05
Into The Mystic 4:34
Livin' For The City 4:52
Today I Started Loving You 5:13
Watch What You Do To Me 3:56
Oh Happy Day 3:55
Love In Return 1:58
If (I Could Be With You) 3:49
Lord I Want To Thank You 4:01
Computer Blues 4:13
At Last 4:38
Movin' 4:30

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