A Guide to the Lavelle White Music Collection, 1964
Lavelle White, sometimes referred to Miss Lavell, was born in Amite City, LA, and relocated to Houston as a teenager. She began writing poetry when she was 12 years old, and, by age 16, she was recording gospel songs, eventually signing with the legendary Houston-based Duke Records as a blues singer. “If I Could Be With You” was White's breakout single, followed by the vocalist's most prolific output, which extended into the sixties. White then became a house singer at the renowned Chicago blues club, Kingston Mines during the seventies and eighties. Afterwards, White split her time between Houston and Austin, before she settled in Austin in the mid-nineties, and cut her first full-length record in 1994, followed by two more acclaimed albums. She was inducted into the Texas Music Hall of Fame in 2006.
“Miss Lavelle White,” Austin Chronicle. Accessed February 23, 2016. http://www.austinchronicle.com/gyrobase/AMDB/Profile?oid=oid:57496
Skelly, Richard. “Artist Biography,” All Music. Accessed February 23, 2016. http://www.allmusic.com/artist/lavelle-white-mn0000784505/biography
The Lavelle White Music Collection, 1964, is comprised of different handwritten drafts of musical arrangements, often including lyrics, written by White.
This collection is open for research use.
The donor retains copyright on all materials by the creator. Written permission must be obtained from copyright holder in order to photocopy or publish from the collection.
Lavelle White Music Collection, 1964, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Amanda Reyes, February 2016.
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