Bettye LaVette, What Was the First Record You Ever Bought?

Bettye Lavette (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)
Bettye Lavette at the Freihofer’s Jazz Festival in 2009 (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

“‘Rockin’ Robin.’ I thought that was the best-sounding song I’d ever heard in my entire life. I guess I was 11.

It’s interesting that you say ‘bought,’ because we had a jukebox in our house, so for many years I didn’t have to buy any records. All the popular records were on the jukebox. It was so pretty. My family didn’t know that everything old was going to be new again, so it just went by the way.”

The sublime veteran soul singer Bettye LaVette will team up with Maria Muldaur and Marcia Ball for the “Sisters in Soul” concert at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy at 7pm on Sunday.

NOTE: We here at are very excited about this concert, and we’re giving away a pair of tix for the show. Just go here for details

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