Ma Rainey Profile

Nov 2, 2011 Full story: About.com

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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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.

“Shadowville All-Stars”

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.

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