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date: 30 March 2020

Baker, Anita locked

(26 Jan. 1958– ),
  • Jason Philip Miller

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singer and performer, was born in Toledo, Ohio, but relocated with her family at an early age to Detroit, Michigan, where she was raised and attended school. Unfortunately, reliable details concerning her early life are difficult to come by, and Baker herself has sometimes offered contradictory information (even the exact date of her birth is subject to some debate). What is known is that Baker's birth mother—only sixteen years old at the time—gave her up to a woman named Mary Lewis, who may or may not have been a blood relative but who later went on to become Baker's legal foster mother. After Lewis died when Baker was only thirteen, Baker was raised by an adoptive sister named Lois Landry. Growing up in a religious family, she sang in the church choir. Sometime later, her talent brought her to the attention of David Washington whose rhythm ...

A version of this article originally appeared in African American National Biography.

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