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Betty Davis, the '70s funk icon, has died at 77

Miles Davis, jazz legend, was the first wife of the musician.

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Betty Davis, the '70s funk icon, has died at 77

The pioneering funk artist Betty Davis passed away in her 77th year.

According to her official website, the star, who was once married Miles Davis died early Wednesday morning.

Davis passed away in Homestead, Pennsylvania. She had lived there since her childhood.

Danielle Maggio, Davis' close friend of many years, said that Davis died from natural causes.
Davis is best known for "Anti Love Song", "If I'm in Luck I Might Get Picked up" and "Nasty gal". Her song "Uptown (to Harlem)," written by the Chambers Brothers was also well-known.

In 1968, Davis married Miles Davis. She was also featured on the cover for the jazz legend's album "Filles de Kilimanjaro", released in the same year. Betty Mabry was her birth name. She was also the inspiration behind the song "Mademoiselle Mabry (Miss Mabry),".

Although their marriage lasted just one year, Rolling Stone credits Davis with introducing her husband to modern music . This prompted a shift in his sound.

Davis' self-titled debut album was released in 1973. She then released "They Say They're Different" her sophomore album the next year, and "Nasty Gal” in 1975.
Rolling Stone reports that she left the music industry and moved to Japan, where she spent time with silent monks.
Her music was a hit and had a huge influence on artists such as
JanelleMonae, Erykah Badu.
Reissues of her music were a result of renewed interest, including the first ever printing of a fourth album. This was not released in 1976.
According to her website, Davis' last and most beloved album "Crashin' From Passion" will be released by Light in the Attic Records in 2022.

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