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Betty Davis' 1975 release 'Nasty Gal.'

Betty Davis once convinced her then-hubby, Miles Davis, to change the title of his album, Witches Brew to Bitches Brew. It worked. It’s even considered one of the most revolutionary jazz albums in history. Not to be confused with the All About Eve Bette Davis, the afrolicious funk diva (born Betty Mabry,) rocked and romanced Jimi Hendrix, married Davis for one year (he later wrote she was too young and wild for him) and represented nasty gals everywhere in the mid-70s. Poured into Bowie-esque space-age body suits, uber short shorts, teeny-weeny bikinis-and even less-as she grunted overtly sexual songs like “He was a Big Freak,” “If I’m in Luck, I Might Get Picked Up Tonight” and “Nasty Gal” (which also doubled as the title of her third album), Davis brought real funk to funk music. Read entire story


~ by Tina Benitez-Eves on June 7, 2009.

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