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Damita Jo was envied for her charming persona,
eclectic performances, breathtaking beauty, and her magnificent voice. She
became famous with the hit record "I Went To Your Wedding". The seminal works of
her career were two famed "response" songs. The first, "I'll Save the Last Dance
for You" (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
The consummate entertainer, Jo started to incorporate comedy into her act, even
touring with Redd Foxx.
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 doesn't sound like
anyone but herself.
She invites an audience to
listen because of her sheer
artistic ability whether she's belting out a tune or
pouring into a ballad.
A most talented singer.”
- Jet Magazine
The Ad Lib Series, now available on DVD for the first time, is a collection of
46 concert TV programs presenting the best Jazz, Pop and Blues artists
showcasing their skills with a Jazz flair. Seen on TV internationally, Ad Lib
(filmed in 1980) was the first musical television series recorded in Stereo.
Each DVD features 2 episodes of the acclaimed Ad Lib Series.
“...a promising young
Damita Jo, who
passed away in 1998, 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.
2 EPISODES OF THE ACCLAIMED
AL LIB SERIES ON 1 DVD
Damita Jo: The Lady Is A Tramp
Damita Jo: Watch What Happens
Papa John Creach: John's Other
Papa John Creach: Honeysuckle Rose
Damita Jo: Someone That I Used To Love
Damita Jo: I'll Get Along Somehow
Damita Jo: Blackbird, Bye Bye
Damita Jo: This Bitter Earth
Damita Jo: This Song Is Gonna Last Forever
Papa John Creach: Things Ain't What They Used To Be
Damita Jo: The Gambler
Damita Jo: I Write The Songs
Damita Jo: Vocals
Papa John Creach: Violin
Larry Gales: Bass
Lewis Malin: Drums
Art Hilary: Piano
DVD Bonus Features:
● Damita Jo Biography
● Papa John Creach Biography
● Ad Lib Highlights Reel (16 min.)
● Digitally Mastered Audio & Video
● Dolby Stereo Audio
● Instant Access Songs
● DVD Recommendations
(1 Hour plus Bonus Features)
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