Damita Jo


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Damita jo

Austin, Texas, USA

Born Aug. 5, 1935; Died Dec. 25, 1998 (aged 63), Baltimore, Maryland


Discography  Damita Jo 

Damita Jo DeBlanc 

(August 5, 1930 – December 25, 1998), aka Damita Jo, was an American actress, comedian, and lounge music performer.


DeBlanc was born in Austin, Texas. She was the featured vocalist on albums by Steve Gibson and the Red Caps during the 1950s. She later married Gibson, but they parted ways professionally and personally in 1959.   Credited as Damita Jo, DeBlanc had some chart success in the early 1960s with two answer songs: 1960's "I'll Save the Last Dance for You" (an answer to "Save the Last Dance for Me") and 1961's "I'll Be There" (an answer to "Stand by Me"). Both songs were originally sung by Ben E. King (the former with the Drifters) and made the R&B top 20, and "I'll Be There" also reached number 12 on the pop chart. In 1962 she recorded "Dance with a Dolly (With a Hole in her Stocking)", previously made famous by the Andrews Sisters and Bill Haley, for Mercury Records. In 1966 she had a minor hit with a cover of the Jacques Brel song "If You Go Away." She was successful in Sweden, where "I'll Save the Last Dance for You" peaked at number 2 (March 1961), "Do What You Want" at number 5 (July 1961) and "Dance with a Dolly (With a Hole in her Stocking" at number 3 (January 1962).   She worked with Ray CharlesCount Basie, and Lionel Hampton. In 1963, she released a recording for Mercury with Billy Eckstine and the Bobby Tucker Orchestra. She was involved in comedy and toured with Redd Foxx.   In 1998, she suffered a respiratory illness and died on Christmas Day in Baltimore, Maryland. … 

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Orignal release MERCURY 71690X45 (US) 1960 ; This release, repro Mercury 71690 [1970’s]

Forgive    b/w    I'll save the last dance for you

I'll save the last dance for you - 1960

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