Ma Rainey

By J Poet

Ma Rainey, the Mother of the Blues, was the premier star of the first American blues craze of the 1920s. Although she didn’t exclusively sing blues songs, her renditions of blues classics became one of the cornerstones of the music and an influence on Bessie Smith, another blues pioneer.

 

Gertrude Malissa Nix Pridgett Rainey was born in Columbus, Georgia, and was singing professionally by the age of 14. She joined the Rabbit Foot Minstrels in 1900. She allegedly heard another woman singer delivering a sad African American folk song about her unfaithful lover... Read More

City Of Origin:
Columbus, Georgia, United States
Genre:
Blues, Classic Blues
Birthdate:
04/26/1886
Death date:
12/22/1939
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Memphis Bound Blues

Rough And Tumble Blues / Memphis Bound Blues
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Rough And Tumble Blues

Rough And Tumble Blues / Memphis Bound Blues
+ $0.78
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