Famous for her 1971 hit "Mr. Big Stuff," this soul, funk, and rhythm & blues singer also scored Billboard Hot 100 listings with "My Toot Toot" and "You Think You're Hot Stuff."
She began her music career as a singer at a Louisiana bar owned by her cousin and soon attracted the attention of music producer Huey Meaux.
She released a 1997 compilation album titled The Very Best of Me.
Born Jean Caliste, she grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana.
She received a 1971 Grammy nomination, but ultimately lost the award to fellow R&B vocalist Aretha Franklin.