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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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