|Blind Leroy Garnett||Chain 'Em Down||Blues Images Vol. 14|
|Joe Williams||Mr. Devil Blues||Blues Images Vol. 14|
|Mobile Strugglers||Memphis Blues||Blues Images Vol. 14|
|Big Joe Turner & Pete Johnson||Been To Kansas City||Barrelhouse & Rockin' Blues|
|Pete Johnson||Kaycee Feeling||Master Of Blues and Boogie Woogie|
|Big Duke Henderson||Beggin' And Pleadin'||Barrelhouse & Rockin' Blues|
|Freddy Shayne||Original Mr. Freddie Blues||Montana Taylor & 'Freddy' Shayne 1929-1946|
|Freddy Shayne & Bertha 'Chippie' Hill||How Long||Montana Taylor & 'Freddy' Shayne 1929-1946|
|Charles Lacy||Rampart Street Blues||Hollywood Blues|
|Martee Bradley||Now I'll Have To Sing The Blues||Down Home Blues Detroit: Detroit Special|
|L.C. Green||Remember Way Back||Down Home Blues Detroit: Detroit Special|
|Big John Wrencher||Now Darlin'||Harpin' on It|
|Black Ace||Whiskey and Women||Black Ace: I'm The Boss Card In Your Hand|
|Black Ace||Golden Slipper||Black Ace: I'm The Boss Card In Your Hand|
|Eva Taylor Sara Martin||Hesitation Blues||Sara Martin Vol. 1922-1923|
|Sam Collins||Hesitation Blues||Sam Collins 1927-1931|
|Jim Jackson||Hesitation Blues||Jim Jackson Vol. 2 1928-1930|
|Smith Casey||Hesitating Blues||Two White Horses Standin' In Line|
|Cootie Williams & Eddie Vinson||Red Blues||Cootie Williams And His Orchestra 1941-1944|
|Eddie Vinson||Kidney Stew Is Fine||Kidney Stew Is Fine|
|Ishman Bracey||Woman Woman Blues||Blues Images Vol. 14|
|Charley Patton||I'm Going Home||Blues Images Vol. 14|
|Memphis Minnie||I'm Talking About You||Blues Images Vol. 14|
|Muddy Waters||Canary Bird||The Complete Aristocrat & Chess Singles|
|Leroy Foster||Locked Out Boogie||Leroy Foster 1948 - 1952|
|Ma Rainey||Hellish Rag||Mother Of The Blues|
|Mae Glover||Shake It Daddy||I Can't Be Satisfied Vol. 1|
|Madlyn Davis||Winter Blues||I Can't Be Satisfied Vol. 2|
|Blind Gussie Nesbit||Pure Religion||When I Reach That Heavenly Shore|
|Boyd Rivers||When I Cross Over||You Can't Make Me Doubt|
|Ruby Glaze||Lonesome Day Blues||I Can't Be Satisfied Vol. 1|
|Blind Willie McTell||Mama, Let Me Scoop For You||Best Of|
|Issac Youngblood & Herb Quinn||Hesitating Blues||South Mississippi Blues|
Our final mix show of the year as we cover a wide swath of blues history. On deck today are a whole batch of vintage blues from the the collection of John Tefteller, some excellent Detroit blues, several fine blues ladies as, a history of the "Hesitation Blues" as well as twin spins by Freddie Shayne, Eddie Vinson and the Black Ace.
Every year around this time collector John Tefteller, through his Blues Images imprint, publishes his Classic Blues Artwork Calendar with a companion CD that matches the artwork with the songs. The CD’s have also been one of the main places that newly discovered blues 78’s turn up. These year we get a pair of Big Bill Broonzy sides not heard since the original 78's were released. As usual sound quality is superb using a new restoration process first used last year. This year marks the 14th year of the calendar and CD's. Several years ago Tefteller uncovered a huge cache of Paramount promotional material. Paramount marketed their "race records", as they were called, to African-Americans, most notably in the pages of the Chicago Defender, the weekly African-American newspaper, and sent promotional material to record stores and distributors. Tefteller bought a huge cache of this artwork from a pair of journalists who rescued them from the rubbish heap some twenty years previously and has been reprinting the artwork in his annual calendars.
Freddie Shayne is a shadowy figure who spent his life working in Chicago. He first time on record was backing singer Priscilla Stewart on “Mr. Freddie Blues.” Shayne also made a very rare piano roll of this song. In 1935 Shayne recorded a solo record, “Original Mr. Freddie Blues b/w Lonesome Man Blues.” “Mr. Freddie Blues” became something of a boogie standard covered by many artists including Meade Lux Lewis, Pete Johnson, Jimmy Blythe, Art Tatum and others. In the 40's he made some recordings for the Circle label where he also backed singer Bertha “Chippie” Hill.
During the 30's and 40's the Black Ace was well known, at least among black audiences, in Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. He had a program that aired out of KFJZ, Fort Worth, Texas. He cut two sides for the ARC label in 1936 which were never issued but had better luck the following year cutting six sides for Decca in 1937 all of which were released. It was these sides that would later garner him notice among blues collectors and which led to a fleeting comeback. Comeback is probably not the right word as Turner had no interest in playing blues full time again although thankfully he was persuaded to record two sessions at his Fort Worth home in 1960 which were issued as The Black Ace on Arhoolie (reissued on CD as Black Ace: I'm The Boss Card In Your Hand which includes his 1937 sides plus a few other tracks that appeared on Arhoolie compilations). He was also captured on film for the 1962 documentary The Blues.
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"Hesitation Blues" is a popular song adapted from a traditional tune. One version was published by Billy Smythe, Scott Middleton, and Art Gillham and published in 1915. One of the first popular recordings was an instrumental version by the Victor Military Band, made on 15 September 1916. The same traditional tune was also arranged by W.C. Handy and published in 1915 as "Hesitating Blues". Handy's version shares the melody, but the lyrics are different. The son was popular among country and blues artists. Sara Marti and Eva Taylor recorded the song together in 1923, Sam Collins recorded it in 1927, Jim Jackson in 1930 and Smith Casey for the Library of Congress in 1939. We close our show with one more version, this one done by Issac Youngblood and Herb Quinn and recorded by David Evans in Tylertown, MS in 1966.
One of the things I've tried to do on this show is play a wide variety of blues, from commercial recordings to filed recordings, spotlighting all facets of the music from string bands jug bands, to piano blues and classic and down home woman singers who seem unjustly neglected. Today we we hear from some wonderful woman singers, some well known like Ma Rainey and Mephis Minnie, to the once famous who are now forgotten like Sara Martin, and Bertha "Chippie" Hill, to the obscure such as Madlyn Davis and Mae Glover. Rainey was right there when the blues was spreading through the country at the beginning of the 20th century. She began performing as a young teenager and became known as Ma Rainey after her marriage to Will Rainey, in 1904. They toured with the Rabbit Foot Minstrels and later formed their own group, Rainey and Rainey, Assassinators of the Blues. Comparatively speaking, she was bit late to recording, making her debut in 1923. We pin her "Hellish" rag cut in 1928.
Sara Marin was singing on the Vaudeville circuit by 1915 and made her debut for Okeh Records in 1922. She cut close to one hundred sides through 1928. We hear her on "Hesitation Blues" from 1923 a duet with Eva Taylor.Taylor also made her in 1922 but for the Black Swan label, cutting around seventy sides through 1932. In 1919 Bertha "Chippie" Hill was working as a dancer with Ethel Waters in New York and toured with the Rabbit Foot Minstrels. She cut some two-dozen sides between 1925 and 1929 and made a brief comeback in the 1940's.
Little is known of Mae Glover who or Madlyn Davis. Glove cut fourteen sides at two sessions; four for Gennet in 1929 and the rest for Champion in 1931. Her best sides are from the first session where she backed by guitarist John Byrd. The two turn in a driving, sexy performance on "I Ain't Givin' Nobody None" and "Shake It Daddy." Madlyn Davis made ten recordings in Chicago, for Paramount Records, with her first session taking place in June 1927. In October 1928, Davis had her final recording stint, with her backing musicians including Georgia Tom Dorsey on piano and Tampa Red on guitar.
We spin a couple of sides from Down Home Blues Detroit: Detroit Special a terrific recent 3-CD collection of vintage Detroit blues recorded between the 1940's and 1960's. The set was compiled by blues scholar Mike Rowe and includes some unissued recordings unearthed from rare acetates and comes with an informative 48 page booklet with some truly great photos. One of the earliest show I aired for Big Road Blues was one on Detroit and I did a follow-up a couple of years ago. Despite that, this set has inspired me to do comprehensive series of shows on Detroit to be aired the beginning of next year.