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Virginia Liston


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Feat. Perry Bradford


This record was made in New York City on May 29th 1926 featuring Virginia Liston vocals, accompanied by unknown trumpet, Perry Bradford piano, and Sam Speed banjo.

*"Rolls Royce Papa" was composed by Virginia Liston.

There's is not to much known about Virginia Liston's early life. She reportedly was singing in vaudeville as early as 1912. In the early 1920s she was living in Washington D.C. with her husband Sam Gray, touring the T.O.B.A. vaudeville circuit with him in an act called "Liston and Liston". The couple recorded together in January of 1924 and were divorced the following year. Her final recording session was held in 1927 with the "Clarence Williams' Washboard Band" where she sang "Cushion Foot Stomp" and "P.D.Q. Blues."

Virginia Liston retired from show business in 1929, re-married, and settled in St. Louis, Missouri where she reportedly died in 1932.

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