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Ma Rainey

Ma Rainey wasn't the first blues singer to make records, but by all rights she probably should have been. In an era when women were the marquee names in blues, Rainey was once the most celebrated of all; the "Mother of the Blues" had been singing the music for more than 20 years before she made her recording debut (Paramount, 1923). With the advent of blues records, she became even more influential, immortalizing such songs as "See See Rider," "Bo-Weavil Blues," and "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom." Like the other classic blues divas, she had a repertoire of pop and minstrel songs as well as blues, but she maintained a heavier, tougher vocal delivery than the cabaret blues singers who followed. Rainey's records featured her with jug bands, guitar duos, and bluesmen such as Tampa Red and Blind Blake, in addition to the more customary horns-and-piano jazz-band accompaniment (occasionally including such luminaries as Louis Armstrong, Kid Ory, and Fletcher Henderson).

Born and raised in Columbus, Georgia, Ma Rainey (born Gertrude Pridgett) began singing professionally when she was a teenager, performing with a number of minstrel and medicine shows. In 1904, she married William "Pa" Rainey and she changed her name to "Ma" Rainey. The couple performed as "Rainey and Rainey, Assassinators of the Blues" and toured throughout the south, performing with several minstrel shows, circuses, and tent shows. According to legend, she gave a young Bessie Smith vocal lessons during this time. By the early '20s, Rainey had become a featured performer on the Theater Owners' Booking Association circuit.

In 1923, Rainey signed a contract with Paramount Records. Although her recording career lasted only a mere six years -- her final sessions were in 1928 -- she recorded over 100 songs and many of them, including "C.C. Rider" and "Bo Weavil Blues," became genuine blues classics. During these sessions, she was supported by some of the most talented blues and jazz musicians of her era, including Louis Armstrong, Fletcher Henderson, Coleman Hawkins, Buster Bailey, and Lovie Austin.

Rainey's recordings and performances were extremely popular among black audiences, particularly in the south. After reaching the height of her popularity in the late '20s, Rainey's career faded away by the early '30s as female blues singing became less popular with the blues audience. She retired from performing in 1933, settling down in her hometown of Columbus. In 1939, Rainey died of a heart attack. She left behind an immense recorded legacy, which continued to move and influence successive generations of blues, country, and rock & roll musicians. In 1983, Rainey was inducted into the Blues Foundation's Hall of Fame; seven years later, she was inducted to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. ~ Jim O'Neal & Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Vol. 2 (1924-1925)

1. Booze And Blues

2. Toad Frog Blues

3. Jealous Hearted Blues

4. See See Rider Blues (Take 1)

5. See See Rider Blues (Take 2)

6. Jelly Bean Blues

7. Countin' The Blues (Take 2)

8. Countin' The Blues (Take 3)

9. Cell Bound Blues

10. Army Camp Harmony Blues (Take 1)

11. Army Camp Harmony Blues (Take 2)

12. Explaining The Blues (Take 1)

13. Explaining The blues (Take 2)

14. Louisiana Hoo Doo Blues

15. Goodbye Daddy Blues

16. Stormy Sea Blues

17. Rough And Tumble Blues

18. Night Time Blues (Take 1)

19. Night Time Blues (Take 2)

20. Levee Camp Moan

21. Four Day Honory Seat (Take 1)

22. Four Day Honory Seat (Take 2)

23. Memphis Bound Blues

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Track List: Vol. 4 (1926-1927)

1. Morning Hour Blues

2. Weepin' Woman Blues

3. Soon This Morning

4. Little Low Mama Blues

5. Grievin Hearted Blues

6. Don't Fish In My Sea

7. Big Boy Blues

8. Blues Oh Blues

9. Damper Down Blues

10. Gone Daddy Blues

11. Oh Papa Blues

12. Misery Blues

13. Dead Drunk Blues

14. Slow Driving Moan

15. Blues The Word Forgot-Part 1

16. 'Ma' Rainey's Black Bottom

17. Blues The Word Forgot-Part 2

18. Hellish Rag

19. Georgia Cake Walk

20. New Bo-Weavil Blues

21. Moonshine Blues

22. Ice Bag Papa

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Track List: Mother Of The Blues

Disc 1

1. Bad Luck Blues

2. Bo-Weavil Blues (Take 1)

3. Bo-Weavil Blues (Take 2)

4. Barrel House Blues

5. Those All Night Long Blues (Take 1)

6. Those All Night Long Blues (Take 2)

7. Moonshine Blues

8. Last Minute Blues

9. Southern Blues

10. Walking Blues

11. Lost Wandering Blues

12. Dream Blues

13. Honey Where You Been So Long?

15. Ya-Da-Do (Take 2)

16. Those Dogs Of Mine

17. Lucky Rock Blues

18. Southbound Blues

19. Lawd Send Me A Man Blues

20. Ma Rainey's Mystery Record

Disc 2

1. Shave 'em Dry Blues

2. Farewell Daddy Blues

3. Booze And Blues

4. Toad Frog Blues

5. Jealous Hearted Blues

6. See See Rider Blues (Take 1)

7. See See Rider Blues (Take 2)

8. Jelly Bean Blues

10. Countin' The Blues (Take 2)

11. Cell Bound Blues

12. Army Camp Harmony Blues (Take 1)

13. Army Camp Harmony Blues (Take 2)

14. Explaining The Blues (Take 1)

15. Explaining The Blues (Take 2)

16. Louisiana Hoo Doo Blues

17. Goodbye, Daddy Blues

18. Stormy Sea Blues

19. Rough And Tumble Blues

20. Night Time Blues (Take 1)

21. Night Time Blues (Take 2)

22. Levee Camp Moan

25. Memphis Bound Blues

Disc 3

1. Slave To The Blues

2. Yonder Comes The Blues

3. Titanic Man Blues (Take 1)

4. Titanic Man Blues (Take 2)

5. Chain Gang Blues

6. Bessemer Bound Blues (Take 1)

7. Bessemer Bound Blues (Take 2)

8. Oh My Babe Blues

9. Wringing And Twisting Blues

10. Stack O'Lee Blues

11. Broken Hearted Blues

12. Jealousy Blues

13. Seeking Blues (Take 1)

14. Seeking Blues (Take 2)

15. Mountain Jack Blues (Take 1)

16. Mountain Jack Blues (Take 3)

17. Down In The Basement

18. Sissy Blues

19. Broken Soul Blues

20. Trust No Man

Disc 4

1. Morning Hour Blues

2. Weeping Woman Blues

3. Soon This Morning

4. Little Low Mama Blues

5. Grievin' Hearted Blues

6. Don't Fish In My Sea

7. Big Boy Blues

8. Blues Oh Blues

9. Damper Down Blues

10. Gone Daddy Blues

11. Oh Papa Blues

12. Misery Blues

13. Dead Drunk Blues

14. Slow Driving Moan

16. Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

18. Hellish Rag

19. Georgia Cake Walk

20. New Bo Weavil Blues

21. Moonshine Blues

22. Ice Bag Papa

Disc 5

1. Black Cat Hoot Owl Blues

2. Log Camp Blues

3. Hear Me Talking To You

4. Hustlin' Blues

5. Prove It To Me Blues

6. Victim Of The Blues

9. Deep Moaning Blues (Take 1)

10. Deep Moaning Blues (Take 2)

11. Daddy Goodbye Blues

12. Sleep Talking Blues (Take 1)

13. Sleep Talking Blues (Take 2)

14. Tough Luck Blues

15. Blame It On The Blues

16. Sweet Rough Man

17. Runaway Blues

18. Screech Owl Blues

19. Black Dust Blues

20. Leaving This Morning

21. Black Eye Blues (Take 1)

22. Black Eye Blues (Take 2)

23. Me & Pa Poorhouse Blues

24. Big Feeling Blues

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u can always still feel her spirit
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Such a deep voice and such truth in her singing and songs it does take you back to a simpler part of time
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Transports you into another era..
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Beautiful... .
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I don't like her.
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MA RAINEY, Takes you back down memory lane; Born in 1956 , Having the pleasure of listerning, dancing, and singing to MA music ;Gave you the feelings that you was living in the same household. Surprisingly , some children does have a attraction to Great, music, MA RAINEY you was a true solider fighting in the army. .
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MA ya sure did WAIL dem BLUES ah YEH
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love her deep and smooth vocals...hon e s t lyrics for sure, timeless
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kristykruger
yes, yes, yes!!!! Mother of the blues!
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love her
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sassyjan
fabulous

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