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It was with deep sadness that I saw in the latest Lesbian Connection, that Gwen Avery died on January 31. If this was previously posted here i missed it. In honor of her memory, and her gift to all us.
To quote from LC: " Gwen was best known for her song "Sugar Mama," which is considered to be the standout song onthe "Lesbianthology" called "Lesbian Concentrate" that Olivia Records released in 1977 in response to Anita Bryant's anti-gay crusade, "Save our Children." The following year she was one of four featured performers-along with Linda Tillery, Mary Watkins and poet Pat Parker-on a tour Olivia put together called "The Varies Voices of Black Women"."
"Linda Tillery recently said, "Gwen Avery was an authentic blues and gospel singer. She was raised in a juke joint, where from an early age, she heard firsthand the sounds of Black Troubadours weaving tales of love, passion, frustration and pleas to God-any god, for release from Jim Crow, segregation and the horrible legacy of racism in America. Lesbian yes, Black woman yes, real deal soulful singer, yes. Yet I wonder how may people really understood her gift? You would have had to listen to Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey and Mahalia to recognize the 'time stamp' that marked her unique style. She became the 'Sugar Mama' of Women's Music, no longer a prisoner of love denied, but a champion of love out in the open-raw and unashamed. That was her gift to us all.""