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Damita Jo DeBlanc (5 August 1930 – 25 December 1998), a.k.a. Damita Jo, was an American actress, comedian, and lounge music performer. Katherine Jackson, the mother of the famous Jackson family musical clan, named her youngest daughter Janet Damita Jo Jackson after Damita Jo, who was her favorite singer. DeBlanc was born in Austin, Texas the featured vocalist on recordings from Steve Gibson and the Red Caps during the 1950s. She later went on to marry Gibson, but they parted ways professionally and personally in 1959.

Credited as simply Damita Jo, DeBlanc had some chart success in the early 1960s with two answer songs: 1960's "I'll Save the Last Dance for You" (an answer to "Save the Last Dance for Me") and 1961's "I'll Be There" (an answer to "Stand By Me"). Both songs were origenally sung by Ben E. King and made the R&B top 20, and "I'll Be There" also reached number 12 on the pop chart. In 1966 she had a minor hit with a cover of the Jacques Brel song "If You Go Away." Damita Jo was later involved in comedy and was also part of the television series which featured Redd Foxx. In 1998, she suffered a respiratory illness and died on Christmas day in Baltimore, Maryland.

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  • 1961 I'll Save the Last Dance for You (Universal Distribution)
  • 1961 The Big Fifteen (Paramount Records)
  • 1962 Damita Jo at the Diplomat [live] (Mercury)
  • 1962 Sing a Country Song (Mercury)
  • 1965 This Is Damita Jo
  • 1965 Damita Jo Sings (Vee-Jay)
  • 1965 If You Go Away
  • 1965 midnight session (Live at Basin Street East)
  • 1968 Miss Damita Jo (Ranwood Records)
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