Friday, February 4, 2011

The Women of the Blues 1/24/2011

Background music: Slow Drag by Reverand Gary Davis

Sister O.M. Terrell - I'm Going to That City
Sister O.M. Terrell - Life is a Problem
  Sister O.M. Terrell recorded six sides in 1953 with Columbia Records and never recorded again. 
Memphis Minnie - Hoodoo Lady Blues
Memphis Minnie - Crazy Cryin Blues
   Most blueswomen had an orchestra and more than one instrument, but Memphis Minnie kept it simple and swore she was a better guitar player than any of the big bluesmen at the time - including Big Bill Broonzy. 

Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Up Above my Head (Acoustic)
Bessie Smith - I'm Wild About That Thing
<Bessie Smith
    Bessie Smith made her big break in the 20's and recorded many songs with Louis Armstrong.
Lucille Bogan - Shave 'em Dry
Blue Lu Barker - Don't You Feel My Leg
Ida Cox - Graveyard Dream Blues
Ma Rainey - Deep moaning Blues
Lizzie Miles - Electrician Blues
Rosetta Howard - Come Easy Go Easy
Georgia White - Dead Man Blues
<George White and Bumble Bee Slim

Lil Green - Why Don't you Do Right
Bea Booze - See See Rider
<Bea Booze

Blind Willie Johnson + Willie B. Harris - John the Revelator
Eva Taylor - Do It Again

Benny Goodman and Peggy Lee do a version of Don't You Do right. The second video is Lil Green (disregard the weird title of the video). Compare, what do you think?


  1. great show I loved the section you did on women in blues. The background information you give on each singer is very interesting.

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