Damita Jo - Songs


Damita Jo DeBlanc (August 5, 1930 - December 25, 1998), known professionally by her first name, was a veteran R&B/jazz/gospel singer, actress, and comedian who became famous beginning in the early 1950s. She is best known 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 the Jacques Brel/Rod McKuen ballad, "If You Go Away" (1966).

During the 1950s, Damita Jo was a featured singer on various recordings by Steve Gibson & The Red Caps that included the group's 1952 smash, "I Went To Your Wedding." She later incorporated comedy into her live shows and toured with comedian Redd Foxx.


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Damita Jo

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