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Ethel Waters

(October 31st 1896 - September 1st 1977)

Born in Chester, Pennsylvania in 1886 to Louise Anderson a teenage rape victim Ethel Waters grew up in poverty and left home to marry around age thirteen. Her marriage soon dissolved and Ethel found success singing in Baltimore clubs and touring the black vaudeville circuit. After moving to Harlem in the early 1920s Ethel Waters became the fifth black woman to appear on record in 1921.

Videos:

Am I Blue? (3:48)

At the New Jump Steady Ball (3:29)

Birmingham Bertha (2:46)

Down Home Blues (2:44)

Guess Who's In Town (2:52)

Jazzin' Babies Blues (3:12)

Oh Daddy (3:35)

Oh Joe, Play That Trombone (2:41)

Organ Grinder Blues (3:05)

Shoo Shoo Boogie Boo (2:50)

Sugar (3:13)

Sweet Man (2:54)

Taking Your Time (3:01)

That Da Da Strain (2:55)

The New York Glide (3:13)

Waiting at the End of the Road (3:21)

West End Blues (3:17)

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