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Bessie Tucker

Very little is known of the classic blues belter Bessie Tucker, a product of the folk and field holler vocal traditions of her native East Texas region. A woman whose petite frame belied the earthy power of her voice, her legend is largely founded on a bawdy 1928 Memphis session for the Victor label on which she was accompanied by pianist K.D. Johnson; the date yielded her best-known track, "Penitentiary" (sung in honor of an institution to which she was reportedly no stranger). A 1929 date followed, at which time Tucker disappeared from performing, apparently for good; no data exists on the later events of her life. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Track List: Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order, 1928-1929

1. Bessie's Moan

2. Dummy

3. Fort Worth And Denver Blues (Take 1)

4. Fort Worth And Denver Blues (Take 2)

5. Penitentiary (Take 1)

6. Penitentiary (Take 2)

7. Fryin' Pan Skillet Blues (Take 1)

8. Fryin' Pan Skillet Blues (Take 2)

9. My Man Has Quit Me

10. Got Cut All To Pieces (Take 1)

11. Got Cut All To Pieces (Take 2)

12. Black Name Moan

13. Better Boot That Thing (Take 1)

14. Better Boot That Thing (Take 2)

15. Katy Blues (Take 1)

16. Katy Blues (Take 2)

17. Mean Old Jack Stropper Blues (Take 1)

18. Mean Old Jack Stropper Blues (Take 2)

19. Old Black Mary

20. Key To The Bushes Blues

21. Bogy Man Blues

22. Mean Old Master Blues

23. Whistling Woman Blues

24. T.B. Moan

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