Document Records - Vintage Blues and Jazz

Bessie Tucker 1928 - 1929

7.49   

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Bessie Tucker

    TRACK LIST

Bessie Tucker
01 - Bessie`s moan Listen
02 - The dummy Listen
03 - Fort Worth and Denver blues (take 1) Listen
04 - Fort Worth and Denver blues (take 2) Listen
05 - Penitentiary (take 1) Listen
06 - Penitentiary (take 2) Listen
07 - Fryin` pan skillet blues (take 1) Listen
08 - Fryin` pan skillet blues (take 2) Listen
09 - My man has quit me (take 1) Listen
10 - Got cut all to pieces (take 1) Listen
11 - Got cut all to pieces (take 2) Listen
12 - Black name moan Listen
13 - Better boot that thing (take 1) Listen
14 - Better boot that thing (take 2) Listen
15 - Katy blues (take 1) Listen
16 - Katy blues (take 2) Listen
17 - Mean old Jack Stropper blues (take 1) Listen
18 - Mean old Jack Stropper blues (take 2) Listen
19 - Old black Mary Listen
20 - Key to the bushes blues Listen
21 - Bogy man blues Listen
22 - Mean old master blues Listen
23 - Whistling woman blues Listen
24 - T. B. Moan Listen

Bessie Tucker, vocal.

With contributions by: K.D. (Mr. 49) Johnson, piano; Jesse "Babyface" Thomas, guitar.

Genres: Female vocal blues; Country blues, Texas blues.

Informative booklet notes by Roger Misiewicz.
Detailed discography.

Taken from this album's booklet notes.
Bessie Tucker first recorded in Memphis, Tennessee on August 28, 1928. From the sole surviving picture of her, she would appear to have been a young woman at the time, slim and fine featured. To all outward appearance, here is a genteel "high yellow" indeed.

However, once you hear her voice, immediately there is a marked difference from what you would have expected. A sombre, even somewhat dangerous aura comes immediately to the forefront. Moans, songs of travel, jail, fights with men, women and knowledge of the police are brought forward in a manner that could be artistry of the highest level, or otherwise mere brutal honesty - telling the stories she knew in song directly, personally, and immediately. If you listen with the latter assumptions, this initial session has a slice of life quality seldom equalled in the blues.

Bessie Tucker was never found by researchers, either. Paul Oliver came closest when he interviewed Whistlin' Alex Moore in 1960. Asking about Bessie Tucker and Ida May Mack, Oliver's response from Moore was "They're tough cookies, don't mess with them." So perhaps they were still alive in Dallas as late as 1960, but thirty years later no further information has been found. However, at long last we do have Bessie Tucker's legacy gathered together in one spot, and that is perhaps as it should be. Now she can be enjoyed and remembered at the height of her considerable talents.

 

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