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Blind Lemon Jefferson - Discography Part 1: 1927

I spent the better part of last weekend getting lost in the world of early American blues. Among the dozens of pioneers whom I listened to, one stood out for...


Mamie Smith gets her due at last: Blues pioneer's headstone to be dedicated ... - Staten Island Advance - SILive.com

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The long-unmarked Oakwood gravesite of chart-topping blues singer Mamie Smith (1883-1946) will finally get a fondly inscribed headstone, thanks to the efforts of local fans.

The marker will be unveiled and dedicated Saturday, Sept. 13, in Frederick Douglass Memorial Park, 3201 Amboy Road. Island-based singers Larry Marshall and Jeannine Otis will perform at the 2 p.m. ceremony, and the public is welcome.

The campaign to identify Smith's final resting place began last year when Grasmere music journalist Michael Cala stumbled upon a biographical entry about the singer, whose 1920 record "Crazy Blues" broke the industry's race barrier, and shipped one million copies.

The bio mentioned the unmarked gravesite. Cala visited the cemetery, consulted the records and located the plot.

Afterwards, he launched a fundraising effort that culminated last July in a six-hour concert last at Killmeyer's Old Bavaria Inn in Charleston. Proceeds covered the cost of a marker and a maintenance fund,

The headstone honors Smith's convention-smashing contribution. "This is our way of acknowledging how one woman threw open the doors," Cala said, adding, "Thousands upon thousands of blues and jazz recordings that may never have been made without Mamie."

Among her successors were Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, Robert Johnson and Blind Lemon Jefferson.

Smith continued touring and made other recordings but none were as big as "Crazy Blues." Apparently, she was impoverished when she died in Harlem, her home for many years, in 1946.

Coincidentally, Mamie Smith's near contemporary, Bessie Smith (1894-1935), considered the greatest blues singer of the era, was also interred in an unmarked plot. An admirer, blues/rock singer Janis Joplin (1943-1970), commissioned the stone that marks her grave today in Sharon Hill, Pa.

Source: www.silive.com


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  • Blind Lemon Jefferson

    09/23/14 ,via BBC

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    Routledge. 2008. ISBN: 9781135865085,1135865086. 1400 pages.

    A Blues Bibliography, Second Edition is a revised and enlarged version of the definitive blues bibliography first published in 1999. Material previously omitted from the first edition has now been included, and the bibliography has been expanded to include works published since then. In addition to biographical references, this work includes entries on the history and background of the blues, instruments, record labels, reference sources, regional variations and lyric transcriptions and...

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    Hal Leonard Corporation. 2003. ISBN: 0879307366,9780879307363. 755 pages.

    Reviews and rates the best recordings of 8,900 blues artists in all styles.

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    Da Capo Press. 1976. ISBN: 0306807432,9780306807435. 311 pages.

    Superbly researched and vividly written, The Devil's Music is one of the only books to trace the rise and development of the blues both in relation to other forms of black music and in the context of American social history as experienced by African Americans. From its roots in the turn-of-the-century honky-tonks of New Orleans and the barrelhouses and plantations of the Mississippi Delta to modern legends such as John Lee Hooker and B. B. King, the blues comes alive here through accounts by...


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