Betty Mabry Davis
Betty Mabry was born in Durham 1945 and moved to New York when she was 16
to live with her aunt and to study at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
In the early sixties Betty was writing songs, was a DJ at the Cellar in
Greenwich Village, and appeared in magazines as Ebony, Seventeen and Glamour.
Together with Roy Arlington she was duo Betty and Roy and recorded I’ll Be There.
Betty had a couple of singles out, called The Cellar and Get Ready For Betty.
Wrote a song called Uptown in Harlem for the Chambers Brothers.
Through her boyfriend Hugh Masekela she signed with Columbia records
and released a single called Live, Love, Learn.
In 1967 she met Miles Davis and married him in 1968.
Photo Baron Wolman.
But in 1989 Betty had divorced Miles because he suspected infidelity
with Jimi Hendrix, which she denied.
Baron Wolman had moved from Rolling Stone to Rags and
Betty appeared in issue 2 1970.
Betty moved to London in 1971 and had her first album
out in 1973 called Betty Davis.
If I’m In Love I might Get Picked Up.
The words speak for itself.
According to Dazed in 1975, Davis’s then lover, Robert Palmer, helped her facilitate a deal with Island Records and released Nasty Gal.