Document Records - Vintage Blues and Jazz

Document Records
Female Blues The Remaining Titles 1922 - 1927


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FEATURED ARTIST / S
Josie Miles
Helen Baxter
Louise Vant
Elizabeth Smith
Mae Scott
Ethel Ridley
Viola Bartlette
Etta Mooney
Viola Baker
Alberta Hunter

    TRACK LIST

Viola Baker
01 - Sweet man blues

Viola Bartlette
02 - Go back where you stayed last night
03 - Tennessee blues
04 - You never can tell what your perfectly good man will do

Helen Baxter
05 - She walked right up and took my man away

Alberta Hunter
06 - If you can`t hold the man you love (don`t cry when he`s gone)

Josie Miles
07 - The 31st Street blues

Etta Mooney
08 - Cootie for your tootie
09 - Harmony blues

Ethel Ridley
10 - Alabama bound blues
11 - I don`t let no one man worry me
12 - Get it fixed
13 - Low down daddy blues

Mae Scott
14 - I`ll get even with you (revengeful blues)

Elizabeth Smith
15 - No sooner
16 - Gwine to have bad luck for seven years
17 - Police done tore my playhouse down

Louise Vant
18 - Show me the way to go home
19 - Save your sorrow
20 - The man I love is oh! so good to me
21 - Daddy, don`t you try to pull that two-time thing on me
22 - Sunset blues
23 - Texas mule stomp

The early foundations of blues recording were built on what became known as the Classic Blues. The performers were usually professional female singers who toured the vaudeville theatre circuit. Their repertoire took in the popular songs of the early 1900s and continued through the 1920s. This included popular love songs, songs from musical shows and, the blues. Their accompaniments would be provided by a pianist or on rare occasions a guitarist but more often than not it would be a hot jazz band. Following the first successful recording of a blues record, taking place in 1920 by Mamie Smith, many such artists were lucky enough to record either by chance or by popular demand. Some were or became stars, others only shone for a moment before disappearing back into the darkness of obscurity. Includes informative booklet notes by Steve Tracy and detailed discography.
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