Lillia LaVelle White

b. July 3rd, 1929 in Amite (Louisiana)

I PITY THE FOOL : THE DUKE RECORDS STORY

One Day Music

1959 - 1961

Née dans une famille rurale, elle grandit au milieu de 5 frères et 4 soeurs. Elle joue de l'orgue à l'église avec sa mère et chante le Gospel. Dès sa prime adolescence, elle écrit des poèmes. Lavelle se produit dans les clubs de Houston en compagnie de son ami guitariste Clarence Hollimon. Grâce à Johnny Copeland qui l'a recommandé au producteur Don Robey, elle trouve l'opportunité de graver ses premières faces pour Duke-Peacock sous le nom de Miss LaVell. Entre 1958 et 1964, elle enregistre ainsi environ une dizaine de morceaux (mais peu d'entre eux ont été réédités) souvent arrangés par Joe Scott. Dans cette compilation de faces Duke, on trouve 3 beaux morceaux de Lavelle White dans un registre Soul : "Tide of love", "Stolen love" et surtout "Stop these teardrops".

Born in a rural family, she grew up in the midst of 5 brothers and 4 sisters. She plays organ in church with her mother and sings Gospel. From her earliest adolescence she wrote poems. Lavelle performs in the Houston clubs with her friend guitarist Clarence Hollimon. Thanks to Johnny Copeland who recommended her to producer Don Robey, she found the opportunity to cut her first sides for Duke-Peacock under the name of Miss LaVell. Between 1958 and 1964, she recorded about a dozen pieces (but few of them were re-issued) often arranged by Joe Scott. In this compilation of Duke sides, there are 3 beautiful pieces of Lavelle White in a Soul style : "Tide of love", "Stolen love" and especially "Stop these teardrops".

MISS LAVELLE

Antone's

Fall 1991 / March 1994

Toujours active musicalement dans les années 60 et 70 (tout en exerçant divers métiers), Lavelle s'installe à Chicago entre 1978 et 1986 où elle devient l'attraction régulière du Kingston Mines. Elle revient ensuite à Houston et se produit régulièrement au club Antone's d'Austin (Clifford Antone lui fut présenté par Evelyn Johnson qui travaillait chez Duke-Peacock). Pour ses premiers enregistrements en 30 ans, elle bénéficie de la belle production de Sarah Brown et Derek O'Brien. Autour d'elle, on trouve de superbes sidemen comme Clarence Hollimon, Derek O'Brien, Mark "Kaz" Kazanoff, Riley Osbourn, George Ramis, Sarah Brown. Sa voix est remarquable, inspirée, irréprochable. Une superbe relecture de son "Stop these teardrops" mais aussi "Yes I've been crying", "Voodoo man", "You're gonna make me cry", "Wrappin' up your love" (également publié dans l'anthologie "Antone's women"), "It's a miracle", "Tin Pan Alley". Ce disque montre aussi à quel point Lavelle White est une merveilleuse compositrice.

Always active musically in the 60's and 70's (while practicing various jobs), Lavelle moved to Chicago between 1978 and 1986 where she became the regular attraction of Kingston Mines. She came back to Houston and performed regularly at Antone's club in Austin (She was introduced to Clifford Antone by Evelyn Johnson who worked at Duke-Peacock). For her first recordings in 30 years, she benefits of the beautiful production of Sarah Brown and Derek O'Brien. Around her, we find superb sidemen like Clarence Hollimon, Derek O'Brien, Mark "Kaz" Kazanoff, Riley Osbourn, George Ramis, Sarah Brown. His voice is remarkable, inspired, irreproachable. A beautiful re-reading of her "Stop these teardrops" but also "Yes I've been crying", "Voodoo man", "You're gonna make me cry", "Wrappin' up your love" (also issued in "Antone's women" anthology), "It's a miracle", "Tin Pan Alley". This album also shows how Lavelle White is a wonderful composer.

ANTONE'S 20TH ANNIVERSARY

Antone's

July 1995

Une sympathique version de "Go to the mirror" sur la scène du club de Clifford Antone.

A nice version of "Go to the mirror" on Clifford Antone's club stage.

IT HAVEN'T BEEN EASY

Antone's

1996

Gravé à Austin avec la même équipe de producteurs et de musiciens que le somptueux "Miss Lavelle". Pourtant, le résultat apparait nettement moins intense même si le disque n'est pas sans bons moments (la reprise de "I've never found a man to love", "Wootie boogie", "Mississippi my home"). Sa voix reste profonde et juste.

Engraved in Austin with the same team of producers and musicians as the sumptuous "Miss Lavelle". Yet, the result appears much less intense even if the record is not without good moments (the cover of "I've never found a man to love", "Wootie boogie", "Mississippi my home"). His voice remains deep and faultless.

INTO THE MYSTIC

Antone's

2003

Plus de reprises Soul-Blues-Gospel et moins de compositions personnelles. Pour autant, le programme contient de nombreux excellents moments comme la belle lecture de "Livin' for the city" de Stevie Wonder mais aussi "Watch what you do to me", "Lord I want to thank you", "Computer blues". Un album inspiré et remarquablement varié.

More Soul-Blues-Gospel covers and fewer personal compositions. The program contains many excellent moments such as the beautiful reading of Stevie Wonder's "Livin' for the city" but also "Watch what you do to me", "Lord I want to thank you", "Computer blues". An inspired and remarkably varied album.

TEXAS SOUL SISTERS

Dialtone

P-Vine

2003 ?

ANGELS SING : MUSIC SOUNDTRACK

Thirty and Third

2013

Lavelle White chante "Christmas love" en compagnie de Guy Forsyth et Carolyn Wonderland pour la bande-son de ce film réalisé par Tim Mac Canlies.

Lavelle White sings "Christmas love" with Guy Forsyth and Carolyn Wonderland for the soundtrack of this film directed by Tim Mac Canlies.

FABRIZIO POGGI & THE AMAZING TEXAS SOUL BLUES VOICES

Appaloosa

2016

Invitée sur l'album de l'harmoniciste italien Fabrizio Poggi, elle chante son excellent "Mississippi my home".

Invited on the italian harmonicist Fabrizio Poggi album, she sings her excellent "Mississippi my home".