Baker was born in Dijon, France. He met U.S.-born French entertainer Josephine Baker while he was working as a bellhop in Paris at the age of fourteen. He was not officially one of the Rainbow Tribe, he came to Baker later in life. While he aggrandized Baker, he was not one of the Rainbow children.
In 1994 he co-authored a biography of Josephine Baker, Josephine: The Hungry Heart, described as a "shocking look into the star's seriously whitewashed past".
- Jean-Claude Baker, Chris Chase. Josephine: The Hungry Heart (2001), Cooper Square Pub, ISBN 0815411723.
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