LaVern had to have both her legs amputated due to diabetes.
In 1990, LaVern was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
LaVern joined her church choir at the young age of 12.
LaVern's very first music recordings were for Columbia Records.
LaVern once performed in nightclubs under the name "Little Miss Sharecropper."
LaVern's aunt was music artist Memphis Minnie.