Ma Rainey Profile

Ma Rainey Profile

There are 16 comments on the About.com story from Nov 2, 2011, titled Ma Rainey Profile. In it, About.com reports that:

Called the "Mother of the Blues" by her record label, it can be argued that Ma Rainey was the most influential of all the female blues singers.

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“New poetry book coming soon”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#1 Nov 4, 2011
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ma_Rainey

Ma Rainey (April 26, 1886 – December 22, 1939)[1] was one of the earliest known American professional blues singers and one of the first generation of such singers to record.[2] She was billed as The Mother of the Blues.

She began performing at the age of 12 or 14, and recorded under the name Ma Rainey after she and Will Rainey were married in 1904. They toured with F.S. Wolcott’s Rabbit Foot Minstrels and later formed their own group called Rainey and Rainey, Assassinators of the Blues. From the time of her first recording in 1923 to five years later, Ma Rainey made over 100 recordings. Some of them include, Bo-weevil Blues (1923), Moonshine Blues (1923), See See Rider (1924), Black Bottom (1927), and Soon This Morning (1927).[3]

Ma Rainey was known for her very powerful vocal abilities, energetic disposition, majestic phrasing, and a ‘moaning’ style of singing similar to folk tradition. Though her powerful voice and disposition are not captured on her recordings, the other characteristics are present, and most evident on her early recordings, Bo-weevil Blues and Moonshine Blues. Ma Rainey also recorded with Louis Armstrong in addition to touring and recording with the Georgia Jazz Band. Ma Rainey continued to tour until 1935 when she retired to her hometown of Columbus, Georgia.

“New poetry book coming soon”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#2 Nov 5, 2013
For those unfamiliar with local music legend Ma Rainey, known and celebrated worldwide as the "Mother of the Blues", here's a good place to start.

And so it goes.

“New poetry book coming soon”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#3 Jan 4, 2017
Will Dockery wrote:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M a_Rainey

Ma Rainey (April 26, 1886 – December 22, 1939)[1] was one of the earliest known American professional blues singers and one of the first generation of such singers to record.[2] She was billed as The Mother of the Blues.

She began performing at the age of 12 or 14, and recorded under the name Ma Rainey after she and Will Rainey were married in 1904. They toured with F.S. Wolcott’s Rabbit Foot Minstrels and later formed their own group called Rainey and Rainey, Assassinators of the Blues. From the time of her first recording in 1923 to five years later, Ma Rainey made over 100 recordings. Some of them include, Bo-weevil Blues (1923), Moonshine Blues (1923), See See Rider (1924), Black Bottom (1927), and Soon This Morning (1927).[3]

Ma Rainey was known for her very powerful vocal abilities, energetic disposition, majestic phrasing, and a ‘moaning’ style of singing similar to folk tradition. Though her powerful voice and disposition are not captured on her recordings, the other characteristics are present, and most evident on her early recordings, Bo-weevil Blues and Moonshine Blues. Ma Rainey also recorded with Louis Armstrong in addition to touring and recording with the Georgia Jazz Band. Ma Rainey continued to tour until 1935 when she retired to her hometown of Columbus, Georgia.
Ma Rainey's hometown of Columbus, as shown above.
Keith Smith

Montréal, Canada

#4 Jan 4, 2017
Will Dockery wrote:
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Ma Rainey's hometown of Columbus, as shown above.
Your claim on other threads that she was born in Columbus is wrong. You conveniently left it out, I see so restored here to set the record straight:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ma_Rainey

Gertrude Pridgett claimed to have been born on April 26, 1886 (beginning with the 1910 census, taken April 25, 1910), in Columbus, Georgia.[5] However, the 1900 census indicates she was born in September 1882 in Alabama, and researchers Bob Eagle and Eric LeBlanc suggest her birthplace as being in Russell County.

“New poetry book coming soon”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#5 Jan 4, 2017
Keith Smith wrote:
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Your claim on other threads that she was born in Columbus is wrong. You conveniently left it out, I see so restored here to set the record straight:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ma_Rainey

Gertrude Pridgett claimed to have been born on April 26, 1886 (beginning with the 1910 census, taken April 25, 1910), in Columbus, Georgia.[5] However, the 1900 census indicates she was born in September 1882 in Alabama, and researchers Bob Eagle and Eric LeBlanc suggest her birthplace as being in Russell County.
Okay, if that's the case we can say Ma Rainey was born in the "Columbus area", although other sources specify Columbus Georgia as her birthplace and home town.

“New poetry book coming soon”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#6 Jan 4, 2017
The Wikipedia article must be pretty recent since other places still give Ma Rainey's birthplace as Columbus GA. For example, here is the Biography.com article:

Born Gertrude Pridgett on April 26, 1886, in Columbus, Georgia, Ma Rainey became the first popular stage entertainer to incorporate authentic blues into her song repertoire. She performed during the first three decades of the 20th century and enjoyed mass popularity during the blues craze of the 1920s. Rainey's music has served as inspiration for such poets as Langston Hughes and Sterling Brown.

NAME
Ma Rainey
OCCUPATION
Singer
BIRTH DATE
April 26, 1886
DEATH DATE
December 22, 1939
PLACE OF BIRTH
Columbus, Georgia
PLACE OF DEATH
Rome, Georgia
AKA
Ma Rainey
NICKNAME
"Mother of the Blues"

“New poetry book coming soon”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#7 Jan 4, 2017
Keith Smith wrote:
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Your claim on other threads that she was born in Columbus
Which 27,000 search results also state:

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Born Gertrude Pridgett on April 26, 1886, in Columbus, Georgia, Ma Rainey became the first popular stage entertainer to incorporate authentic blues into her song repertoire.May 15, 2015

And that's where the questions begin.

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Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#11 Jan 19, 2017
George Cantanza wrote:
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Love this singing voice, the epitome of the Blues....
The film biography of Billie Holiday is also playing on TV now, another favorite singer of mine from that era and style of music.
General Zod

United States

#19 Jan 19, 2017
Will Dockery wrote:
The Wikipedia article must be pretty recent since other places still give Ma Rainey's birthplace as Columbus GA. For example, here is the Biography.com article:

Born Gertrude Pridgett on April 26, 1886, in Columbus, Georgia, Ma Rainey became the first popular stage entertainer to incorporate authentic blues into her song repertoire. She performed during the first three decades of the 20th century and enjoyed mass popularity during the blues craze of the 1920s. Rainey's music has served as inspiration for such poets as Langston Hughes and Sterling Brown.

NAME
Ma Rainey
OCCUPATION
Singer
BIRTH DATE
April 26, 1886
DEATH DATE
December 22, 1939
PLACE OF BIRTH
Columbus, Georgia
PLACE OF DEATH
Rome, Georgia
AKA
Ma Rainey
NICKNAME
"Mother of the Blues"
Place of bith...

COLUMBUS,
General Zod

United States

#20 Jan 19, 2017
General Zod wrote:
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More great local talents....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =IXzSVmMVyWMXX
Krissy is an amazing person and talented young lady.
General Zod

United States

#21 Jan 19, 2017
Will Dockery wrote:
<quoted text>

Ma Rainey's hometown of Columbus, as shown above.
Quite right, Slick.
General Zod

United States

#22 Jan 20, 2017
Will Dockery wrote:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M a_Rainey

Ma Rainey (April 26, 1886 – December 22, 1939)[1] was one of the earliest known American professional blues singers and one of the first generation of such singers to record.[2] She was billed as The Mother of the Blues.

She began performing at the age of 12 or 14, and recorded under the name Ma Rainey after she and Will Rainey were married in 1904. They toured with F.S. Wolcott’s Rabbit Foot Minstrels and later formed their own group called Rainey and Rainey, Assassinators of the Blues. From the time of her first recording in 1923 to five years later, Ma Rainey made over 100 recordings. Some of them include, Bo-weevil Blues (1923), Moonshine Blues (1923), See See Rider (1924), Black Bottom (1927), and Soon This Morning (1927).[3]

Ma Rainey was known for her very powerful vocal abilities, energetic disposition, majestic phrasing, and a ‘moaning’ style of singing similar to folk tradition. Though her powerful voice and disposition are not captured on her recordings, the other characteristics are present, and most evident on her early recordings, Bo-weevil Blues and Moonshine Blues. Ma Rainey also recorded with Louis Armstrong in addition to touring and recording with the Georgia Jazz Band. Ma Rainey continued to tour until 1935 when she retired to her hometown of Columbus, Georgia.
A vastly talented songwriter Ma was.
General Zod

United States

#23 Jan 20, 2017
Will Dockery wrote:
For those unfamiliar with local music legend Ma Rainey, known and celebrated worldwide as the "Mother of the Blues", here's a good place to start.

And so it goes.
Yup make the people aware of their local immortal legendary Ma Rainey....
General Zod

United States

#24 Jan 20, 2017
Will Dockery wrote:
<quoted text>

Ma Rainey's hometown of Columbus, as shown above.
Quite right Doc.

“New poetry book coming soon”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#25 Jan 20, 2017
George Cantanza wrote:
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Born here, as was Carson McCullers.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =uhZYNaTdfRQXX
Oh, okay, here is that Charles Bukowski poem about Carson McCullers that I asked about. That's really a surprising connection, one that I didn't know about until now.
General Zod

United States

#26 Jan 21, 2017
Will Dockery wrote:
The Wikipedia article must be pretty recent since other places still give Ma Rainey's birthplace as Columbus GA. For example, here is the Biography.com article:

Born Gertrude Pridgett on April 26, 1886, in Columbus, Georgia, Ma Rainey became the first popular stage entertainer to incorporate authentic blues into her song repertoire. She performed during the first three decades of the 20th century and enjoyed mass popularity during the blues craze of the 1920s. Rainey's music has served as inspiration for such poets as Langston Hughes and Sterling Brown.

NAME
Ma Rainey
OCCUPATION
Singer
BIRTH DATE
April 26, 1886
DEATH DATE
December 22, 1939
PLACE OF BIRTH
Columbus, Georgia
PLACE OF DEATH
Rome, Georgia
AKA
Ma Rainey
NICKNAME
"Mother of the Blues"
Buenos Aires to help Blues..

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