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Betty Mabry Davis

September 26, 2016

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.

Hugh Masekela
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.

In an interview Betty stated that the song
Steppin in her I Miller shoes was about the life of Devon Wilson.

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.

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  1. Nano L. permalink

    hi. I’ve been following this blog for a long time and always find interesting stories behind the pretty faces of the girls who appear in it.

    let me add a couple of things to Betty Mabry’s profile. Miles dedicated her a song on his album “Filles de Kilimanjaro”, recorded in the days they were getting married. the track is called “Mademoiselle Mabry” and Betty appears in the album cover art.

    also, in his autobiography Miles credits Betty with his sudden change of look in the late Sixties, passing from his trademark dark suits and short hair to the afro-hippie chic attire he donned for the rest of his life. he speaks very highly of her in that book.

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