Damita Jo: The Lady Is A Tramp
Damita Jo was envied for her charming persona, eclectic performances, breathtaking beauty, and her magnificent voice. The seminal works of her career were two famed "response" songs. The first, I'll Save the Last Dance for Me (a reply to the Drifters' Save the Last Dance for Me), exploded onto the Billboard R&B chart. The second, I'll Be There (an answer to the Ben E. King classic Stand By Me), dominated the radio waves and the Billboard Pop chart.
Despite having shared the stage with incomparable musicians such as Ray Charles, Count Basie and Joey Bishop, in the 1980s Damita switched to gospel music for the remainder of her career. Damita Jo will not only be remembered for her hit records, but as a classy and entertaining performer with a charismatic personality, envied beauty, vibrant vocal styling and a dynamic voice.