On Sun, 21 Jun 1998 11:58:31 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote: > "Mysterious Ma Rainey"? I've always thought it was a jazz musician. At least, I remember an old record where I could listen Louis Armstrong say something like "Joe Ma Rainey" and then a trumpet solo started. >Just curious. >Francesca P.
On Sun, 21 Jun 1998 16:12:02 GMT, in rec.music.dylan email@example.com (Alan Fraser) wrote: She was, of course, one of the all-time great female blues singers, often called "The Mother Of The Blues", and trained the young Bessie Smith. One of her best known songs is "See See Rider Blues". Check out a Ma Rainey biography at http://mathrisc1.lunet.edu/blues/Ma_Rainey.html Or look for Mother Of The Blues: A Study of Ma Rainey, by Sandra Lieb, University of Massachusetts Press, 1981. She only made 92 recordings, all for Paramount between 1924 and 1928, and I think most of them can be found on a Document boxed set. Alan