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Ida Cox

One of the finest classic blues singers of the 1920s, Ida Cox was singing in theaters by the time she was 14. She recorded regularly during 1923-1929 (her "Wild Woman Don't Have the Blues" and "Death Letter Blues" are her best-known songs). Although she was off-record during much of the 1930s, Cox was able to continue working and in 1939 she sang at Cafe Society, appeared at John Hammond's Spirituals to Swing concert, and made some new records. Cox toured with shows until a 1944 stroke pushed her into retirement; she came back for an impressive final recording in 1961.

Cox left her hometown of Toccoa, GA, as a teenager, traveling the south in vaudeville and tent shows, performing both as a singer and a comedienne. In the early '20s, she performed with Jelly Roll Morton, but she had severed her ties with the pianist by the time she signed her first record contract with Paramount in 1923. Cox stayed with Paramount for six years and recorded 78 songs, which usually featured accompaniment by Love Austin and trumpeter Tommy Ladnier. During that time, she also cut tracks for a variety of labels, including Silvertone, using several different pseudonyms, including Velma Bradley, Kate Lewis, and Julia Powers.

During the '30s, Cox didn't record often, but she continued to perform frequently, highlighted by an appearance at John Hammond's 1939 Spirituals to Swing concert at Carnegie Hall. The concert increased her visibility, particularly in jazz circles. Following the concert, she recorded with a number of jazz artists, including Charlie Christian, Lionel Hampton, Fletcher Henderson, and Hot Lips Page. She toured with a number of different shows in the early '40s until she suffered a stroke in 1944. Cox was retired for most of the '50s, but she was coaxed out of retirement in 1961 to record a final session with Coleman Hawkins. In 1967, Ida Cox died of cancer. ~ Scott Yanow & Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Track List: The Essential Ida Cox

Disc 1

1. Pleading Blues

2. Down The Road Bound Blues

3. Weary Way Blues

4. Moanin' Groanin' Blues

5. Last Time Blues

6. Worried Any How Blues

7. I'm So Glad

8. Fogyism

9. Hard Oh Lawd

10. Blue Kentucky Blues

12. Mean Lovin' Man Blues

13. Seven Day Blues

15. How Long Daddy, How Long

16. Mojo Hand Blues

17. Lost Man Blues

Disc 2

1. Wild Women Don't Have The Blues

2. Confidential Blues

3. Mean Papa Turn Your Key

4. Midnight Hour Blues

5. Pink Slip Blues

6. Fare Thee Well Poor Gal

8. Kentucky Man Blues

9. Trouble Trouble Blues

10. Western Union Blues

11. Deep Sea Blues

12. Death Letter Blues

13. Give Me A Break Blues

14. One Hour Mama

15. Four Day Creep

16. Jail House Blues

17. Bone Orchard Blues

18. Last Mile Blues

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GREAT 8
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tiffyccakes3 3 3
lol she didnt take no mess!
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Sing it baby! Love ya!
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number1dutch g i r l
love her!!!! cant believe i never heard of her
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boogiespeed
one of the fundamentals , the foundation if you will, of the blues...

allas a great listen -like so many of her age
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Hadn't heard of her before she came up on my Odetta station. That's one of the things I like most about Pandora. I get introduced to a lot of neat, "new to me" artists.
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she seems super cool

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