Damita Jo DeBlanc (August 5, 1930 - December 25, 1998) was a singer, actress, and comedian. Known by just her first name, Damita Jo is best remembered for her answer songs, "I'll Save The Last Dance For You" (1960, in answer to the Drifters' "Save The Last Dance For Me") and "I'll Be There" (1961, in answer to Ben E. King's "Stand By Me"). These songs are exceptional in that they were both Top 40 hits, which is rare for answer songs. She also had minor hits with "Keep Your Hands Off Of Him" (1961) and "If You Go Away" (1967)
In the 1950s, Damita Jo was a featured singer with Steve Gibson and the Red Caps. In the late 1970s, she became a regular on Redd Foxx's TV variety show.
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- If You Go Away 1966
(This song later also became a hit for Terry Jacks (1974).)
- I'll Be There 1961
(This is an answer song to "Stand By Me" by Ben E. King.)
- I'll Save The Last Dance For You 1960
(This is answer song to "Save The Last Dance For Me" by the Drifters.)
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