R&B diva Damita Jo remains best known for the million-selling 1960 smash "I'll Save the Last Dance for You," her ingenious riposte to the Drifters' "Save the Last Dance for Me." Born Damita Jo DuBlanc in Austin, TX, on August 5, 1930, she grew up in Santa Barbara, CA, and with the backing of pioneering Los Angeles disc jockey Joe Adams landed a two-month residency at the local Club Oasis in 1949. When Adams was appointed to head up Discovery Records' R&B operations, he made Damita Jo one of his first signings and in 1950 produced her debut single "Until the Real Thing Comes Along." Discovery proved short-lived, however, and after another little-noticed solo effort, the Recorded in Hollywood release "How Can I Live"; in late 1951 she joined the venerable Los Angeles R&B group Steve Gibson & the Red Caps, making her recorded debut on their single "I'm to Blame." Damita Jo was not only the featured vocalist on the Red Caps' 1952 hit "I Went to Your Wedding," but two years later became Gibson's wife. As the group's fortunes floundered, so did their marriage, and in 1959 she split from Gibson both personally and professionally.