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Wednesday 11 November 2015

The Blues Collection - Blues Women

Last week's Billie Holiday post had me re-visiting The Blues Collection for some more female Blues singers.
Of the 92 albums in the series sadly only Bessie Smith, Koko Taylor, Memphis Minnie and Victoria Spivey merit a CD in their own right
However No 73 is a compilation of 20 female Blues singers and I suppose it gives a chance to hear some of the more obscure and less prolific artists.

Women by and large get a fairly rough deal in the Blues world often being portrayed of having loose morals and being of easy virtue. Indeed their main function in life appears  to be keeping their men  folk happy.
It has to be said that many of the songs sung by female singers conform to these stereotypes.

Here are Trixie Smith and Lizzie Miles with two songs, the second in particular,  which contain more innuendo and double entendres that an entire Carry On series

Trixie Smith - My Daddy Rocks me

Lizzie Miles - My Man o' War

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