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Female Blues Singers Vol 13 R/S 1921 - 1931

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Nettie Robinson
Laura Rucker
Gertrude Saunders
Mary Stafford


Nettie Robinson
01 - I`ve got the right man now Listen
02 - I never loved but one woman`s son Listen

Laura Rucker
03 - Little Joe Listen
04 - St. Louis blues Listen

Gertrude Saunders
05 - I`m craving for that kind of love Listen
06 - Daddy, won`t you please come home Listen
07 - Potomac River blues Listen
08 - Love me Listen
09 - Don`t let your love come down Listen
10 - You can`t have it unless I give it to you Listen

Mary Stafford
11 - Royal garden blues Listen
12 - Crazy blues Listen
13 - I`m gonna jazz my way right straight thru paradise Listen
14 - Down where they play the blues Listen
15 - If you don`t want me send me to my ma Listen
16 - Strut Miss Lizzie Listen
17 - Wild weeping blues Listen
18 - I`ve lost my heart to the meanest girl in town Listen
19 - Arkansas blues Listen
20 - Down home blues Listen
21 - Blind man blues Listen
22 - Monday morning blues Listen
23 - Ain`t got nobody to grind my coffee in the morning Listen
24 - Take your finger off it Listen

Female Blues Singers Vol 13 R/S 1921 – 1931

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

Volume 13 of this outstanding fourteen volume series features two major stars of the vaudeville era, one shadowy figure who kept popping up on records over two decades and one complete obscurity. Between them there is a heady mix of low down blues and hot jazz.

Laura Rucker had a productive and eventful career. On her records she can be heard with Blind Blake and Emmet Mathews (Document DOCD-5027 and 5345), Georgia Tom (DOCD-5526), and Earl Hines. Her first recordings were with Paramount and later in 1949 she re-emerged as one of the first recording artists on Chicago’s independent Aristocrat label, later to become Chess records.

Gertrude Saunders was a genuine star over a long period of time. Her life was also eventful but for her it was on and off the stage. Two years after her final recordings featured on this album were made she struck up a relationship with Jack Gee, husband of Bessie Smith who became the producer of Gertrude’s stage show Hot Mama, which was being financed by Bessie.

Blues recording pioneer Mary Stafford was Columbia’s secret weapon rivalling her to Okeh’s Mamie Smith. She was advertised as “The first coloured girl to record for Columbia” and she proved herself to be a worthy competitor with her big voice and excellent accompaniments by Charlie Johnson’s jazz band.

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