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Ma Rainey

(April 26th 1886 - December 22nd 1939)

Born Gertrude Malissa Nix Pridgett in Columbus, Georgia in 1886 she was a powerful vocalist who began performing when she was twelve. While traveling with minstrel shows throughout the South she married fellow entertainer Will Rainey in 1904. Gertrude came to be billed as Ma Rainey "Mother of the Blues" and was the first documented professional blues singer. Ma Rainey made her recording debut in 1923 and was an instant success.

Videos:

Big Feeling Blues (2:43)

Black Eye Blues (3:13)

Bo-Weavil Blues (2:53)

Booze And Blues (3:20)

Deep Moaning Blues (2:44)

Honey Where You Been So Long? (2:50)

Jelly Bean Blues (3:11)

Lucky Rock Blues (3:04)

Ma and Pa Poorhouse Blues (3:03)

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (3:10)

Prove It On Me Blues (2:50)

See See Rider Blues (3:11)

Slow Driving Moan (2:55)

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