Guitarist, singer/songwriter Mickey Baker passed away in France on Tuesday. He was 87.
Baker was mostly a session player with numerous jazz and R&B artists but his most notable collaboration with Sylvia Robinson as Mickey & Sylvia. Intended to be the rock n’ roll version of Les Paul and Mary Ford, Mickey & Sylvia had a monster hit in 1956 with “Love is Strange”. More than a quarter century later, the song got a new lease on life when it was included in the movie Dirty Dancing.
Here is the obit I wrote for Sylvia Robinson in September 2011.
I leave you with Baker playing some rhythm & blues.