Sunday, March 1, 2009
To the left are Bessie Smith in her most famous photograph and Victoria Spivey in a portrait shot, some city blues singers who in those early days were more likely to be photographed and become famous. There are unfortunately no photographs of Geeshie Wiley and only four recordings, however everyone who has ever heard "Last Kind Word Blues" can attest to how she has left her legacy over time.
“If Geeshie Wiley did not exist, she could not be invented: her scope and creativity dwarfs most blues artists. She seems to represent the moment when black secular music was coalescing into blues.”
From Don Kent's History of the Mississippi Blues.
Geeshie Wiley and Memphis Minnie were inventive guitar players as well as vocalists, and it is not too well known that an African American guitar player named Leslie Fiedler taught little Maybelle Carter, who was a prodigy of sorts, how to play the then rare Spanish guitar in the mountains where she grew up, adding to her mandolin experience and converting her forever to the guitar as her instrument of choice.
This is an IMix amongst the many I have on the ITunes store, to go into the Ad Hoc country and city theme from another direction. And a nice way to segue from Black History Month into Women's History Month, - - Happy First of March y'all.
Playlist Notes: country and city blues gals
Song Name Artist
Pick Poor Robin Clean Geeshie Wiley
Last Kind Word Blues Geeshie Wiley
Skinny Leg Blues Geeshie Wiley
Eagles on a Half Geeshie Wiley
What It Takes to Bring You Back Butterbeans & Susie
Adam and Eve Butterbeans & Susie
Shreveport Blues Lillian Glinn
My Old Flame Mae West
Hoodoo Man Blues Victoria Spivey
Dope Head Blues Victoria Spivey
If You're a Viper Rosetta Howard
Men Are Like Street Cars Rosetta Howard
Trouble In Mind Bertha "Chippie" Hill
Conjur Man Memphis Minnie
Down In New Orleans Memphis Minnie
Hoodoo Lady Memphis Minnie
Me and My Chauffeur Memphis Minnie
Haïti Josephine Baker
J'ai deux amours Josephine Baker
L'accordéoniste Edith Piaf
Padam padam Edith Piaf
Hound Dog (Single) Big Mama Thornton
Yes, Baby (duet with Johnny Ace) Big Mama Thornton, Johnny Ace & Willie Mae Thorton
I Need a Man to Love Janis Joplin