Category Archives: Blues & Rock and Roll

Give your money to Mary Lane:

The 84-year-old Chicago blueswoman should be a legend. She can barely pay her bills. This is something to think about. I can’t imagine singing for over sixty years and isn’t yet famous. I can’t imagine giving away your talent for … Continue reading

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Ma Rainey_Gertrude Pridgett, the start of it all. Grandmother of modern music.

Lady Day (Billie Holiday)  may had been the empress of the blues but Ma Rainey was the GrandMother of it all. “Ma” Rainey (born Gertrude Pridgett, September 1882 or April 26, 1886 – December 22, 1939. With home birth and … Continue reading

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The Mothers of Rock and Roll: Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton

We heard a lot about Elvis, Chuck Berry, and numerous other male performers from the 1940’s- 50’s I think many of these great performers made great contribution to the music. But I think those who first put it on the … Continue reading

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