Betty Davis

I obviously have not had a lot of time this year to keep posting regularly, and for that I am sorry. I have been putting the finishing touches on my next book as well as trying to write 201 (or more) poems for the book after that. It’s exhausting.

Anyway, here’s the woman who’s ostensibly responsible for Miles Davis’ foray into electric music. Her name is Betty Davis (née Betty Mabry).

In his autobiography, Miles credited Mabry with helping to plant the seeds of his future musical explorations by introducing the trumpeter to psychedelic rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix and funk innovator Sly Stone.

The influence of Hendrix and especially Sly Stone on Miles Davis was obvious on the album Bitches Brew, which ushered in the era of jazz fusion. The origin of the album’s title is unknown, but some believe Miles was subtly paying tribute to the woman whose intersecting relationships helped spur the album’s genesis. In fact, it is said that he originally wanted to call the album Witches’ Brew — it was Betty who convinced him to change it.

She was a musician herself, and they say she’s different:

Here’s a guy who’s found an interview with her in Hep Magazine.

I’m far more interested in the ‘scientists’ who have determined that ‘Blacks are more psychic than Whites’ and the newly-discovered Boy Raised by Monkeys. But that’s probably just me.

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