This Woman's Work
Poppet is off running the world today but no worries. #DJDoubleD is here from his regular #MADLIBSradio slot (every other Friday from 12-2 am) to cover your This Woman's Work musical needs.
In keeping with the spirit of the show, I present a tribute to the Blues Ladies, whom ran the Blues for most of the 1920's and continue to push its limits.
Super excited to be here. My first show, a year ago, followed This Woman's Work, and I've spent contless hours loving the music this show plays, loving the representation of women in music, and loving the vibe.
Let's keep it going.
All info in the playlist found online at Music Radar:: http://www.musicradar.com/us/news/guitars/the-25-best-female-blues-artists-ever-264300/8
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|Mamie Smith and Her Jazz Hounds||Crazy Blues||1920: The Queen of the Blues Mamie Smith has the distinction of being the first African-American to record a vocal blues. Recorded on August 10 1920.|
|Bessie Smith||Down Hearted Blues (Ft. Clarence Williams on Piano)||1923: Bessie - The Empress of the Blues - was the biggest name in blues in the '20s and '30s.|
|Ma Rainey||See See Rider Blues (Ft. Louis Armstrong)||1924: Born Gertrude Pridgett in Columbus, Georgia in 1886, Ma Rainey began performing in her early teens and would eventually form the brilliantly monikered Rainey and Rainey, Assassinators of the Blues with her husband William Rainey in 1914.|
|Ethel Waters||I've Found A New Baby||1925: Born as a result of her motherâ€™s rape, Ethel was never shown any love by her family. She became hugely popular for stirring performances. She was the first person to perform Stormy Weather, in 1933, at the Cotton Club.|
|Ida Goodson: Memphis Jazzers||The Big City Blues||1929: Blues was banned in the Goodson household; Idaâ€™s father was a deacon at Pensacola's Mount Olive Baptist Church and had taught his children to play piano for church services and the like. The girls had other ideas and would take turns to keep|
|Alberta Hunter||Two Fisted Double Jointed Rough & Ready Man||1981 version: Born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1895 Alberta Hunter enjoyed an amazing 40 year career as an entertainer, then gave it up to become a nurse in the mid-50s. In 1977, at the age of 82, she staged a successful comeback.|
|Memphis Minnie||I'd Rather See Him Dead||1938: Minnie could play guitar just about better than anyone and was no pushover in the tough juke joints and blues clubs. Her prowess on guitar is legendary and she could sing up a storm, but she was also a great songwriter.|
|Victoria Spivey||Organ Grinder Blues (Ft. Clarence Williams)||1928: Spiveyâ€™s favourite sources of lyrical inspiration were disease and shagging and not necessarily in that order. Gave an early break to a young Bob Dylan who did harmonica and back up vocals for her.|
|Ida Cox||Coffin Blues||1925: Ida Cox was known as The Uncrowned Queen of the Blues. Ida was a terrific performer and one of the greatest singers of the classic female blues period.|
|Blu Lu Parker||Don't You Feel My Leg||1946: Blue Lu Barker (or Louise Dupont according to her birth certificate) may have had a limited vocal range but was claimed as the most important influence by the illustrious Billie Holiday.|
|Lizzie Miles||Salty Dog||1950s: Miles was torn between staying respectful to her love of God and performing the blues, seen by many at the time as the Devilâ€™s Music.|
|Gladys Bentley||Wild Geese Blues||1928: Gladys was openly gay and often dressed in menâ€™s clothes, usually a tuxedo and top hat. She obviously enjoyed courting controversy; she performed in front of a chorus line of drag queens and once claimed to have married a white woman. But itâ|
|Billie Holiday||Strange Fruit||One of the first Anti Racism songs ever. Also known as Lady Day and the Queen of Song she didnâ€™t have the greatest vocal range but itâ€™s what she did with her voice that made her a legend. Billieâ€™s improvised style echoed the delivery of jazz mu|
|Rosa Henderson||Nobody Knows the Way I Feel Dis Mornin||Rosa would record around 100 songs under a variety of pseudonyms that included Flora Dale, Sally Ritz, Sarah Johnson and Mamie Harris. Her career went into decline and she would eventually take a job in a department store in the early 30s.|
|Clara Smith||Don't Advertise Your Man||No info.|
|Sara Martin||Death Sting Me Blues (Ft. King Olivers Orchestra)||Known as The Famous Moanin Mama or Queen of the Moaners, Sara would also perform under the names Margaret Johnson and Sally Roberts. Like many of her peers she recorded prolifically in the 20s|
|Bertha 'Chippie' Hill||Pratt City Blues (Ft. Louis Armstrong)||1926: Born in Charleston, North Carolina in 1905, Bertha Chippie Hill would begin her career as a dancer before meeting artists like Ma Rainey and going into the music bis.|
|Lucille Hegamin and her Blue Flame Syncopators||He may be Your Man but He comes to see me Sometimes||1922: One of the more obscure characters of the classic female blues era, Lucille Hegamin was actually the second African-American artist to release a blues record. Lucille retired from the music scene in 1934 to take up nursing but like many blues a|
|Eva Taylor||Blue Seven-Candy Lips (Ft. Clarence Williams)||1926: Known as The Dixie Nightingale Eva Taylor was a blues and jazz singer. Born Irene Joy Gibbons in St Louis, Missouri in 1895, Eva began her career as a performer at the age of three and had toured a fair part of the world before she hit her teen|
|Sister Rosetta Tharpe||Strange things happening everyday||Rosetta Tharpeâ€™s rollicking mix of blues and jazz marked her out as a pioneer of rock 'n' roll. She was Johnny Cashâ€™s favourite singer whilst Little Richard idolised her too. Rosetta was also a huge influence on Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and|
|Lucille Bogan||They Ain't Walking No More||1930: The subject matter of her songs was based on the drinking and whoring she witnessed every night. Lucille was just singing about what she knew about... which is what the blues is about after all.|
|Ruth Brown||Ain't Nobody's Business (Ft. B.B. King)||1993: Between 1949, when she recorded her first success So Long, to 1955, Ruthy scored 16 top ten hits for Atlantic Records. Five of those records were number ones. She was so successful that Atlantic Records was called The House That Ruth Built.|
|Beverly Guitar Watkins||Late Bus Blues||People are impressed to see a black woman play like a man, once said Atlanta, Georgias Beverly Guitar Watkins. A professional musician since the late 1950s, Beverly worked with the likes of BB King and James Brown but never achieved breakthrough succ|