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Various Artists - Blue Ladies

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This CD helps preserve our rich American musical heritage, as it provides insight into the period's (1922 - 1925) blues and the way it was interpreted by the female blues artists of the time. Ma Rainey and Ethel Waters are on board, along with a tune by Bessie Smith. It's not hard to slip into the era as you listen to these women tell their stories and belt out the concerns at hand. As a document of the times and the music, this recording should be considered a key element of any historical blues collection. Blue Ladies is included in Robert Santelli's The Best of the Blues: 101 Essential Albums. Clearly, this document is worth picking up by 1920s collectors.

1.   Rules and Regulations "Signed Razor Jim" - Edith Wilson

2.   I'm Gonna Get You - Mamie Smith

3.   Thirty-Firtst Street Blues - Clara Smith

4.   Sing Sing Prison Blues - Bessie Smith

5.   Nobody Knows What A Red Head Mama Can Do - Clementine Smith

6.   My Man Blues - Sara Martin

7.   If I Lose, Let Me Lose (Mama Don't Mind) - Maggie Jones

8.   Nobody Knows the Way I Feel This Morning - Margaret Johnson

9.   I've Got Somebody Now - Rosa Henderson

10. Papa, Papa - Lucille Hegamin

11. Kentucky Man Blues - Ida Cox

12. Cow Cow Blues - Dora Carr

13. I'm Gonna Jazz My Way Straight Through Paradise - Mary Stafford

14. I Ain't Gonna Marry, Ain't Gonna Settle Down - Viola McCoy

15. Alabama Bound Blues - Ethel Ridley

16. The World's Jazz Crazy And So Am I - Trixie Smith

17. Those All Night Long Blues - Ma Rainey

18. No Man's Mamma - Ethel Waters

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Edith Wilson - How Come You Do Me Like You Do (1924) (02:46)
Edith Wilson (Sept.2,1896 - March 30,1981) was an American blues singer and vaudeville performer. Born Edith Goodall in Louisville, Kentucky, Wilson's first professional experience came in 1919 in Louisville's Park Theater. Lena Wilson and her brother, Danny, performed in Louisville; Edith married Danny and joined their act as a trio. Together they performed on the East Coast in 1920-21, and when they were in New York City Wilson was picked up by Okeh Records, who recorded her in 1921 with Johnny Dunn's Jazz Hounds. She recorded 17 tunes with Dunn and Okeh in 1921-22. In 1924 she worked with Fletcher Henderson in New York, where she was slated to sing with Coleman Hawkins, but Hawkins refused to perform because he wanted additional compensation for the performance. Wilson recorded far less than other female blues stars of the 1920s like Bessie Smith; she remained a nightclub and theater singer, working for years on the New York entertainment scene. She sang with Florence Mills in the Lew Leslie Plantation Review in Harlem, and made several trips to England, where she was well received. She sang with The Hot Chocolates revue, performing alongside Louis Armstrong and Fats Waller, and made appearances with Bill Robinson, Duke Ellington, Alberta Hunter, Cab Calloway, and Noble Sissle. Wilson also did extensive work as an actress, appearing on radio with Amos and Andy and on film in To Have and Have Not. Shortly after World War II Wilson became the face of Aunt Jemima pancake mix. She retired from active performance in 1963, becoming executive secretary for the Negro Actors Guild, but made a comeback in 1973 to play with Eubie Blake, Little Brother Montgomery, and Terry Waldo. Her last live show was given at the 1980 Newport Jazz Festival. Edith Wilson - How Come You Do Me Like You Do (1924)
  • Edith Wilson - How Come You Do Me Like You Do (1924)
    Edith Wilson (Sept.2,1896 - March 30,1981) was an American blu...

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Memphis Archives
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6-Page/Panel 4/1 Professionally Printed
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2-Color Ink on Silver Disc
Standard Jewel Case with Black Tray & Shrink-Wrap
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