Blues for Bertha

Posted: December 14, 2012 in Bertha "Chippie" Hill, Female Blues, J.E. Warner, Pre war blues

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Author: J.E. Warner

Source: The Record Changer, June 1950

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“The last of the great blues singers is gone. It can be said as simply as that, without going into sentimental
eulogies-and Bertha ” Chippie” Hill, who sang deep and hard, and who died suddenly in an automobile accident on the night of May 7, wouldn’t have wanted sentimentality.
Chippie had two singing careers. The first began when she was only fourteen (by her own estimate), and opened at Leroy’s, a once-famous Harlem show spot. It lasted for perhaps a dozen years, with Chippie hitting the top in Chicago in 1926, when she made ten or twelve sides-mostly with Louis Armstrong and pianist Richard Jones. That career was voluntarily cut short at the end of the ‘ twenties, when she retired to concern herself with the job of raising seven
children.”

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