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Female Blues Singers Vol 9 H2 1923 - 1930

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Edmonia Henderson
Lena Henry
Lethia Hill
Mattie Hite


Edmonia Henderson
01 - Black man blues Listen
02 - Worried `bout him blues Listen
03 - Brownskin man (the song that made Edmonia famous) (take 1) Listen
04 - Traveling blues Listen
05 - Mama don`t want sweet man anymore Listen
06 - Hateful blues Listen
07 - If you sheik on your mama, mama`s gonna sheba on you Listen
08 - Jelly roll blues (take 2) Listen
09 - Lazy daddy blues Listen

Lena Henry
10 - consolation blues Listen
11 - Low down despondent blues Listen
12 - Family skeleton blues Listen
13 - Sinful blues Listen
14 - Freight train blues Listen
15 - Ghost walkin` blues Listen

Lethia Hill
16 - Old North State blues Listen

Mattie Hite
17 - Graveyard dream blues Listen
18 - Mason-Dixon blues Listen
19 - An awful moanin` blues Listen
20 - If you don`t, I know who will Listen
21 - Black man (be on yo` way) Listen
22 - Do right blues Listen
23 - St. Joe`s infirmary (those gambler`s blues) Listen
24 - Texas twist Listen

Female Blues Singers Vol 9 H2 1923 - 1930

Genres: Blues, Classic Blues, Female Blues, Jazz.
Informative booklet notes by David Evans
Detailed discography.

This ninth volume of a superb fourteen volume series of female blues singers presents the work of two vaudeville blues artists who were already established artists in the early 1900s, plus a track by an intriguing, obscure, singer and the work of one of the numerous second-line singers of the mid 1920s.

Edmonia Henderson’s saucy voice is a little reminiscent of Ida Cox. She was extremely successful on the vaudeville circuit. Among the many highlights in her career she won the Paramount Blues Singer Contest and on another occasion she joined Ma and Pa Rainey, playing the “straight” part to Ma’s comedy act. Lethia Hill delivers the goods in a big, distinctive voice with fine encouragement by Bubber Miley’s biting cornet work. Mattie Hite was another success and a specialist in risqué blues songs. She was well remembered by Frankie Jaxon and Alberta Hunter. Her titles include her first issued recordings from 1923 which have her emerging with a distinct vocal force backed superbly by Fletcher Henderson and a young Coleman Hawkins. The 1930 session for Columbia provides two superb numbers with strong piano by prolific jazzman Cliff Jackson. The collection is packed with some of the best accompanist of the decade including Paramount’s house pianist Lovie Austin and fellow musicians Tommy Ladnier, Johnny Dodds and Rex Stewart.

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