Betty Davis, raw funk pioneer, dies at 77

Trailblazing funk artist and second wife of Miles Davis released three influential albums in the 1970s before leaving the industry

Betty Davis, the trailblazing raw funk pioneer of the 1970s who spent decades after a blistering music career out of the spotlight, has died at the age of 77.

The vocalist and ex-wife of jazz legend Miles Davis died of natural causes, according to her close friend, Danielle Maggio, an ethnomusicologist focused on Davis’s work, and the Allegheny county communications director, Amie Downs, Rolling Stone reported.

This article was corrected on 9 February 2021. It was originally stated that Davis was born in 1944 rather than 1945 and left the industry after her 1975 album rather than her 1979 album. A picture of a Betty Davis stage show was also incorrectly used rather than the real Betty Davis. These have all now been amended

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