Document Records - Vintage Blues and Jazz

Document Records
Blue Girls Vol 3 1924 - 1938

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Virginia Childs
Anna Lee Chisholm
Lulu Jackson
Eva Parker
Cora Perkins
Ruby Smith


Anna Lee Chisholm
01 - Georgia Sam blues Listen
02 - Cool kind daddy blues Listen

Cora Perkins
03 - When I rise blues Listen
04 - Today blues Listen

Virginia Childs
05 - Down hearted blues Listen
06 - The St. Louis blues Listen

Eva Parker
07 - You got yourself another woman Listen
08 - I seen my pretty papa Listen
09 - You`re going to leave the old home Jim Listen
10 - Careless love Listen

Lulu Jackson
11 - You`re going to leave the old home, Jim Listen
12 - Careless love blues Listen
13 - After you`ve had your way Listen
14 - Little by little you`re breaking my heart Listen
15 - Lost lover blues Listen
16 - Little rosewood casket Listen
17 - Blue Ridge blues Listen
18 - You`re going to leave the old home, Jim - part 2 Listen

Ruby Smith
19 - Dream man blues Listen
20 - Selfish blues Listen
21 - `Lectric chair blues Listen
22 - Hard up blues Listen
22 - Flyin` mosquito blues Listen
24 - Draggin` my heart around Listen

The success in the twenties of Ma Rainey, the blues singing Smiths (Mamie, Bessie, Clara and Trixie) and others like Ida Cox, Alberta Hunter, Lizzie Miles, Sara Martin and Bertha "Chippie" Hill, spawned a whole host of "want to be" female blues singers. It is no exaggeration to say that thousands of blues were recorded during that period, many by unknowns and, as one contemporary critic observed, "Every phonograph company has a colored girl recording". Which was hardly surprising since most black newspapers of the time were full of with notices detailing the exploits of vaudevillian singers and carrying advertisements from record companies boasting that they alone possessed ,'more colored artists than any other record manufacturer". Of these many young hopefuls, some went on to greater things but the majority didn't managing, at most, to only ever recorded a handful of songs; their main claim to posterity being an entry or two in record company ledgers. Listening to the caliber of the performances presented here adds to the mystery as to why these artists did not develop their recording careers further. Classic, Barrelhouse and Country Blues are all here and these women really know how to sing them.

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