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The view of history paced by geniuses and great, reality-shaping individuals is often very cruel to the supporting cast, especially when they are women. Consider Betty Davis, who is best known in many circles as merely Miles Davis'second wife. For nearly thirty years her relative obscurity has belied the very tangible influence she had on the ever-evolving sounds of '70s funk, jazz and rock.
Of course, it's easy to get hung up on the Davis part of that name. Betty's first encounter with Miles in the later '60s is still shrouded in mystery. The sexy version of the story (recounted in Wax Poetics) casts her in a “sheer custom-made mini-dress,” stomping up to Davis'door, uninvited, handing him her card and assuring him that she'd be back once he disposed of his then-current girl of the minute. She herself claims it was merely a shared drink after one of his shows at the Village Gate. Whatever the particulars, a quicksilver courtship ensued and the two were married in 1968. Her face graced the cover of Miles'Filles De Kilimanjaro, released that year.
But Betty's influence was far greater than anyone knew. It was almost as though Miles was Betty's muse, and… read more »