Document Records - Vintage Blues and Jazz

Document Records
Ivy Smith & Cow Cow Davenport 1927 - 1930

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Ivy Smith
Cow Cow (Charles) Davenport

01 - Rising sun blues
02 - Sad and blue
03 - My own man blues (take 1)
04 - Third alley blues
05 - Ninety nine years blues
06 - Cincinnati Southern blues
07 - Too mean to cry blues
08 - Barrel house mojo
09 - Shadow blues
10 - No good man blues
11 - Gin house blues
12 - Mistreated mamma blues
13 - Doin` that thing
14 - Somebody`s got to knock a jug
15 - Southern high waters blues
16 - Wringin` and twistin` papa
17 - Got jelly on my mind
18 - Gypsy woman blues
19 - Milkman blues
20 - Alabammy mistreated

Virtually nothing is known about blues singer Ivy Smith. She recorded with Cow Cow Davenport (not only on her own sessions but guesting on some of his selections) and was in an unsuccessful road show organized by the pianist-singer called “The Cow Cow Steppers”. Otherwise she is lost to history.

All 20 titles issued under her own name are on this interesting CD, not counting two that have not been found. Smith shows that she was a capable lowdown blues singer who could also sing vaudevillian blues and hokum. None of these songs became hits, the blues craze was long past by 1927, but Smith acquits herself well. Cow Cow Davenport is mostly in a background role, taking occasional short solos. However he is more prominent on three vocal duets with Smith (Mistreated Mamma Blues, Doin’ That Thing, and Somebody’s Got To Knock a Jug) and occasionally takes a forceful spot, most notably on Alabammy Mistreated. But this CD is very much Ivy Smith’s show; she is worth discovering by vintage blues collectors. – Scott Yanow

Note: See also Document Records DOCD-5141, DOCD-5142 and DOCD-5586.

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