On a Yahoo list to which I subscribe, one of the other members recently posted the following:
>I've seen one photo [of singer Ann Baker], in which she was stunning, and have one record [recorded under the name of Ann Hathaway]. . .It's a Keynote on gritty recycled shellac, teaming "Come Rain Or Come Shine" with "Between The Devil," from 1946. Under a more aggressive than usual Ellis Larkins is Edmond Hall on clarinet, but what's unusual is the extent to which the bass (Al Hall) and drums (Lunceford alum James Crawford) really drive the record.
To which I replied:
I knew Baker/Hathaway. She was a beautiful, fine singer who gave up the biz to operate, with her husband, a well-regarded barbecue restaurant in my hometown of Charleston, West (by god) Virginia. She also ran an after hours "black and tan" spot where I saw all manner of famed traveling musicians, who would stop in to jam with Ann for old times sake. I was underage and wore sunglasses, a fake moustache, and a hat. I'm sure that I didn't fool anyone, but Ann, no doubt, appreciated the gesture.
Toward the end of her life (she died about eight years ago) she came back as a singer and received a fair degree of national attention. You can catch her at her prime in the Billy Eckstine movie Rhythm in a Riff (1947). Baker was the first singer to record with Miles Davis and there is also an air check of her with Bird and Dizzy.
Hear Ann BAKER (with Miles Davis, Linton Garner, Gene Ammons, Tommy Potter, Art Blakey, C. Wainright) sing "Baby, Won't You Make Up Your Mind" written by Baker