Detroit museum honors Bettye Lavette and the Electrifying Mojo


Detroit musician Bettye LaVette and beyond-influential DJ the Electrifying Mojo have graced the Detroit Historical Museum's Legends Plaza with their permanent hand prints. Only 27 others artists, from film to music to sports, have had the same privilege. 

Lavette, whose musical career spans over fifty years, was born Betty Jo Haskins in Muskegon, MI and moved to Detroit when she was six years old. She had her first R&B hit at the age of 16 with "My Man, He's a Lovin' Man." After recording and touring steadily for decades, LaVette had achieved only modest fame until her breakout in 2005 with the album I've Got My own Hell to Raise. She is known for her unique singing voice and eclectic performance style. She has shared the stage with many great artists, such as Otis Redding,  Sir Paul McCartney, and Jon Bon Jovi. Her newest album, Worthy, was released in 2015. 

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Born Charles Johnson in Little Rock, Arkansas, Mojo arrived in Detroit in the late seventies, influencing a generation of music lovers and changing radio listening with his unique musical tastes and innovations to the radio format. The Electrifying Mojo ruled Detroit airwaves on WGPR-TFM 107.5 from 1977 through the mid-80's with his nightly call to order of the Midnight Funk Association. Mojo introduced Detroit to the rhythms of Parliament-Funkadelic, broke hit records for Prince, and played the B-52's alongside Rick James and Pink Floyd. But most notably, it was Mojo who first brought techno and the music of Kraftwerk to Detroit listeners. 

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The Legends Plaza is located outside in front of the Detroit Historical Museum, with the names and prints of other Detroit musicians, including Alice Cooper, Martha Reeves, Mary Wilson, Allee Willis, Juan Atkins, Jeff Mills, Kevin Saunderson, Eddie Fowlkes and Carl Craig. 

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