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Joyce Bryant

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The Resume

    (October 14, 1927-November 20, 2022)
    Born in Oakland, California
    Recorded 'Drunk With Love' and 'Love For Sale'

Why she might be annoying:

    She eloped at 14, with the marriage ending shortly after.
    Trying to upstage Josephine Baker, she sprayed silver radiator paint in her hair, which made it fall out.
    Her tunes were banned due to their risqué lyrics.
    She left secular music after a religious conversion in 1955 during the height of her notoriety.
    She ended up singing on cruise ships by the 1960s.

Why she might not be annoying:

    Her curve-hugging, cleavage-baring mermaid dresses brought her the title of the 'The Bronze Blonde Bombshell.'
    She was an outspoken critic of segregation in night clubs and hotels and urged fellow entertainers to fight Jim Crow laws.
    She was beaten bloody by a gangster whose advances she rebuffed.
    By the 1970s, she was an acclaimed vocal coach, whose clients included Phyllis Hyman and Jennifer Holliday.
    Her sexy, swishy walk, reportedly causing her to lose 4 lbs. each performance, pre-dated shapeless Miley Cyrus' 'twerking' by decades.
    She sung of love and drunkenness 60 years before Beyoncé.

Credit: Black Chic

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Year In Review:

    For 2023, as of last week, Out of 7 Votes: 42.86% Annoying
    In 2022, Out of 100 Votes: 45.00% Annoying
    In 2021, Out of 7 Votes: 85.71% Annoying
    In 2020, Out of 7 Votes: 0% Annoying
    In 2019, Out of 7 Votes: 14.29% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 3 Votes: 33.33% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 11 Votes: 63.64% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 2 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 8 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 16 Votes: 50.0% Annoying