I always talk about the great Funk Gods, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, etc. but I often neglect to mention the Funk Goddess, the most badass chick in the music..ever: Betty Davis
After the breakup of her marriage, Betty moved to London to pursue her modeling career. She wrote music - a passion since childhood - while in the UK and returned to the US with the intention of recording songs with Santana. Instead, she organized a group of talented West Coast funk musicians to make her own recordings.
What the article neglects to mention is that - allegedly - her divorce from Miles Davis was because of her affair with Jimi Hendrix.
Regular readers might remember this fantastic picture from my old header.
She's sometimes considered the precursor to Madonna in regards to sexually explicit lyrics (some Betty classics: "He Was a Big Freak", "Nasty Gal", "Talkin' Trash"), but as a non-Madonna fan, I would disagree. She's also been called the female Prince, which I love, though her music is more strictly funk/R&B. If I could recommend one song for you to download, I'd chose "Anti-Love Song". Do it
Unfortunately, Betty no longer makes music, but she leaves us with three classic and, take my word for it, mind-blowingly incredible albums: Nasty Gal, Betty Davis and They Say I'm Different.
Betty on the cover of ex-husband Miles Davis' album for Filles de Kilimanjaro.
"She was the first Madonna. But Madonna is more like Marie Osmond when compared to Betty Davis." -Carlos Santana
P.S. The incredible Sunniva at http://style-spot.blogspot.com/ just did the sweetest post about me. Um, not to sound cocky, but check it out!