Playlist | Blues


Classic blue music was really popular in the 1920s, and there were plenty of badass female musicians amalgamating traditional folk blues and urban theatre music. This was a style known as vaudeville blues. Classic blues music was accompanied by pianists or small jazz ensembles and artists like Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith Ethel Waters were among the first to be recorded.

Crazy Blues recorded on August 10 1920, by Mamie Smith was the standout track, and it established the tropes of tainted love in blues, becoming a million seller in under a year. Since then dozens of women have picked up their guitars and joined the hallowed blues musician ranks. Here are some of our favourites.

Full Track Listing:
When the Levee Breaks – Memphis Minnie
Devil’s Gonna Git You – Bessie Smith
Runaway Blues – Ma Rainey
Crazy Blues – Mamie Smith
My Journey to the Sky – Sister Rosetta Tharpe
My Daddy Rocks Me – Trixie Smith
Real Fine Daddy – Helen Humes
Why Don’t You Do Right? – Lilgreen
Aint Nobody’s Business But Mine – Ida Goodson
Stormy Weather – Ethel Waters
The Darktown Strutters’ Ball – Alberta Hunter
Detroit Moan – Victoria Spivey
Wild Women Don’t Have The Blues – Ida Cox
I Feel Like Laying In Another Woman’s Husband’s Arms – Blue Lu Barker
A Good Man Is Hard to Find – Lizzie Miles
Ground Hog Blues – Gladys Bentley
All of Me – Billie Holiday
You Get Mad – Rosa Henderson
Mama’s Got The Blues – Sara Martin
Trouble In Mind – Bertha ‘Chippie’ Hill
He May Be Your Man (But He Comes To See Me Sometime) – Lucille Hegamin
Jazzin’ Baby Blues – Eva Taylor
Man Stealer Blues – Lucille Bogan
Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean – Ruth Brown
Red Mama Blues – Beverly Guitar Watkins
Put The Pot On – Koko Tyler
I Can’t Make You Love Me – Bonnie Raitt
Walking Blues – Rory Block

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