Archive for the ‘Female Blues’ Category

Author: J.C. Hillman
Source: Jazz Journal June 1968 p. 9-10

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Ida Cox is dead. Many readers will no doubt be surprised to learn that she was still with us until so recently but it was so. But now alas it is too late to benefit from the fact, but it is an appropriate time to consider her greatness at a singer. I much regret knowing very little of her life and hope that some lovers of her music who were closer at hand may have spoken to her of her memories. The facts I know are few, common knowledge and possibly inaccurate. She was born in Knoxville, Tennessee in 1900 (or by some reports much earlier), became a popular recording artist in Chicago during the twenties and spent most of her professional career touring the southern and mid-western states. Her husband and often accompanist was Jesse Crump and on at least one tour she was accompanied by Billie and DeDe Pierce.”

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Author : David Suisman

Source  : Souls, Winter 1999, University of Delaware

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“The blues has always been about secrets. From the beginning, blues singers confided about conjure women, backdoor men, and the mysteries of human behavior. When a singer moaned “I mistreated my baby, and I can’t see no reason why”, it rang like a bewildered confession, a secret not even the singer understood.  In blues lore, secrets followed blues singers like shadows, and it never mattered whether the story about the Faustian midnight bargain was truth or promotional hokum. Either way, it imbued the music with a persuasive clandestine authority.”

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