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Memphis Minnie

Tracking down the ultimate woman blues guitar hero is problematic because woman blues singers seldom recorded as guitar players and woman guitar players (such as Rosetta Tharpe and Sister O.M. Terrell) were seldom recorded playing blues. Excluding contemporary artists, the most notable exception to this pattern was Memphis Minnie. The most popular and prolific blueswoman outside the vaudeville tradition, she earned the respect of critics, the support of record-buying fans, and the unqualified praise of the blues artists she worked with throughout her long career. Despite her Southern roots and popularity, she was as much a Chicago blues artist as anyone in her day. Big Bill Broonzy recalls her beating both him and Tampa Red in a guitar contest and claims she was the best woman guitarist he had ever heard. Tough enough to endure in a hard business, she earned the respect of her peers with her solid musicianship and recorded good blues over four decades for Columbia, Vocalion, Bluebird, OKeh, Regal, Checker, and JOB. She also proved to have as good taste in musical husbands as music and sustained working marriages with guitarists Casey Bill Weldon, Joe McCoy, and Ernest Lawlars. Their guitar duets span the spectrum of African-American folk and popular music, including spirituals, comic dialogs, and old-time dance pieces, but Memphis Minnie's best work consisted of deep blues like "Moaning the Blues." More than a good woman blues guitarist and singer, Memphis Minnie holds her own against the best blues artists of her time, and her work has special resonance for today's aspiring guitarists. ~ Barry Lee Pearson
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Hoodoo Lady

1. Down By The Riverside

2. I Call You This Morning

3. Man You Won't Give Me No Money

4. Keep On Sailing

5. It's Hard To Be Mistreated

6. New Bumble Bee

7. Me And My Chauffeur Blues

8. Good Morning

9. Ice Man

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Track List: Authentic Memphis Blues

1. Hot Stuff

2. I Hate To See The Sun Go Down

3. Jitis Blues

4. The Trottin' Fool

5. She Put Me Outdoors

6. I Don't Want That Junk Outta You

7. Biting Bug Blues

8. Moonshine

9. Chickasaw Train Blues

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Track List: Moonshine

1. In My Girlish Days

2. Hoodoo Lady

3. My Gage Is Going Up

4. Me And My Chauffeur Blues

5. Shout The Boogie

6. Please Set A Date

7. Squat It

8. My Butcher Man

9. New Bumble Bee

10. Can't Afford To Lose My Man

11. Killer Diller Blues

12. Moonshine

13. Three Time Seven Blues

14. Pickin' The Blues

15. Looking The World Over

16. Doctor Doctor Blues

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Track List: You Got To Move Vol 2

1. Joliet Bound

2. Where Is My Good Man

3. Drunken Barrel House Blues

4. You Got To Move - Part 1

5. Let Me Ride

6. Me And My Chauffeur

7. Fingerprint Blues

8. Nothing In Rambling

9. Pigmeat On The Line

10. In My Girlish Days

11. Can't Afford To Lose My Man

12. Ma Rainey

13. Pickin' The Blues

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Track List: You Got To Move Vol. 1

1. Can I Do It For You

2. Bumble Bee Blues

3. New Dirty Dozen

4. Memphis Minnie Jitis

5. Frankie Jean

6. I Called You This Morning

7. North Memphis Blues

8. What'S The Matter With The Mill ?

9. Crazy Cryin' Blues

10. Tricks Ain't Walking

11. Soo Cow Soo

12. After While Blues

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Track List: Queen Of The Delta Blues, Volume 2 (Disc 3)

1. I'm Not A Bad Girl

2. You Got To Get Out Of Here

3. Don't Turn The Card

4. Looking The World Over

5. It Was You Baby

6. You Need A Friend

7. I Am Sailin'

8. Remember Me Blues

9. Little Son Joe: Black Rat Swing

10. Little Son Joe: Just Had To Holler

11. Fashion Plate Daddy

12. When You Love Me

13. Please Set A Date

14. Mean Mistreater Blues

15. Love Come And Go

16. True Love

17. When My Man Comes Home

18. I'm So Glad

19. Hold Me Blues, Take 1

20. Hold Me Blues, Take 2

21. Hold Me Blues, Take 5

22. Hold Me Blues, Take 7

23. Killer Diller, Take 1

24. Killer Diller From The South, Take 4

25. Moaning Blues No. 1, Take 1

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Track List: Memphis Minnie Vol. 4 (1938-1939)

1. I Hate To See The Sun Go Down

2. As Long As I Can See You Smile

3. Has Anyone Seen My Man?

4. Good Biscuits

5. I've Been Treated Wrong

6. Keep On Walking

7. Keep On Eatin'

8. I'd Rather See Him Dead

9. Diggin' My Potatoes (Feat. Little Son Joe)

10. A.B.C. Blues (Feat. Little Son Joe)

11. Bone Yard Blues (Feat. Little Son Joe)

12. My Black Buffalo (Feat. Little Son Joe)

13. Tuff Luck Blues (Feat. Little Son Joe)

14. Key To The World (Feat. Little Son Joe)

15. Black Widow Stinger

16. Good Soppin' (Take 3)

17. Poor And Wandering Woman Blues

18. Bad Outside Friends

19. Worried Baby Blues

20. Call The Fire Wagon

21. Low Down Man Blues

22. Don't Lead My Baby Wrong

23. Keep Your Big Mouth Closed

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Track List: Queen Of The Delta Blues Volume 2

Disc 1

1. My Baby Don't Want Me No More: Take 1

2. My Baby Don't Want Me No More: Take 2

3. Wants Cake When I'm Hungry

4. Down In The Alley: Take 1

5. Down In The Alley: Take 2

6. Blues Everywhere

7. Keep On Sailing

8. Please Don't Stop Him

9. Walking And Crying Blues

10. I'm Going Don't You Know

11. Running And Dodging Blues: Take 1

12. Running And Dodging Blues: Take 2

13. New Caught Me Wrong Again

14. Stop Lying On Me

15. I Hate To See The Sun Go Down

16. As Long As I Can See You Smile

17. Has Anyone Seen My Man?

18. Good Biscuits

19. I've Been Treated Wrong

20. Keep On Walking

21. Keep On Eatin'

22. I'd Rather See Him Dead

Disc 2

3. Black Widow Stinger

4. Good Soppin'

5. Poor And Wandering Woman Blues

6. Bad Outside Friends

7. Worried Baby Blues

8. Call The Fire Wagon

9. Low Down Man Blues

10. Don't Lead My Baby Wrong

11. Keep Your Big Mouth Closed

12. Lonesome Shack Blues

13. Nothing In Rambling

14. Boy Friend Blues

15. Finger Print Blues

16. It's Hard To Please My Man

17. Ma Rainey

18. In My Girlish Days

19. Me And My Chauffeur Blues

20. Down By The Riverside

21. I Got To Make A Change Blues

22. Pig Meat On The Line

23. My Gage Is Going Up

24. This Is Your Last Chance

25. Can't Afford To Lose My Man

Disc 3

1. I'm Not A Bad Gal

2. You Got To Get Out Of Here

3. Don't Turn The Card

4. Looking The World Over

5. It Was You Baby

6. You Need A Friend

7. I Am Sailin'

8. Remember Me Blues

9. Black Rat Swing (Feat. Little Son Joe)

11. Fashion Plate Daddy

12. When You Love Me

13. Please Set A Date

14. Mean Mistreater Blues

16. True Love

17. When My Man Comes Home

18. I'm So Glad

19. Hold Me Blues: Take 1

20. Hold Me Blues: Take 2

21. Hold Me Blues: Take 5

22. Hold Me Blues: Take 7

23. Killer Diller: Take 1

Disc 4

5. The Man I Love: Take 3

6. The Man I Love, Take 4

7. The Man I Love: Take 5

8. Got To Leave You (No. 2): Take 1

9. Got To Leave You (No. 2): Take 2

10. Killer Diller Blues (No. 2)

12. Hold Me Blues (No. 2)

13. Fish Man Blues: Take 2

14. Fish Man Blues: Take 3

15. Western Union

16. My Man Is Gone Again: Take 1

17. My Man Is Gone Again: Take 3

18. Lean Meat Won't Fry: Take 1

19. Lean Meat Won't Fry: Take 2

20. Three Times Seven Blues

21. Daybreak Blues: Take 2

22. Daybreak Blues: Take 3

23. Million Dollar Blues

24. Shout The Boogie: Take 3

25. Shout The Boogie, Take 4

Disc 5

1. Tears On My Pillow

3. (I Hope) Luck Will Change Some Day: Take 2

4. (I Hope) Luck Will Change Some Day: Take 2

5. (Oh) Believe Me

6. Tonight I Smile With You

7. Jump Little Rabbit

8. Down Home Girl

9. Night Watchman Blues: Take 1

10. Night Watchman Blues: Take 2

11. Why Did I Make You Cry

12. Kidman Blues: Take 1

13. Kidman Blues: Take 2

14. Kissing In The Dark

15. World Of Trouble

16. In Love Again

17. What A Night

18. Ethel Bea (Feat. Little Son Joe)

20. I'd Write A Letter (Feat. Little Son Joe)

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Track List: Hot Stuff

1. Hot Stuff

2. I Hate To See The Sun Go Down

3. Memphis Minnie Jitis Blues

4. Frankie Jean (That Trottin' Fool)

5. She Put Me Outdoors

6. I Don't Want That Junk Outta You

7. Biting Bug Blues

8. Moonshine

9. Chickasaw Train Blues

10. Down By The Riverside

11. I Called You This Morning

12. Man You Won't Give Me No Money

13. Keep On Sailing

14. It's Hard To Be Mistreated

15. New Bumble Bee

16. Me And My Chauffeur Blues

17. Good Morning

18. Ice Man (Come On Up)

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Track List: Hoodoo Lady (1933-1937)

1. Down In The Alley

2. Has Anyone Seen My Man?

3. I Hate To See The Sun Go Down

4. Ice Man (Come On Up)

5. Hoodoo Lady

6. I'm A Bad Luck Woman

7. Caught Me Wrong Again

8. Black Cat Blues

9. Good Morning

10. Man, You Won't Give Me Any Money

11. Keep On Eatin'

12. I've Been Treated Wrong

13. Good Biscuits

14. Ain't No Use Tryin' Tell On Me (I Know Something On You)

15. My Butcher Man

16. My Strange Man

17. If You See My Rooster (Please Run Him Home)

18. My Baby Don't Want Me No More

19. Please Don't Stop Him

20. I'm Going Don't You Know

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Track List: Complete Recorded Works 1935-1941 In Chronological Order: Vol. 3 (9 June To 15 December 1937)

1. Hot Stuff: Take 1

2. Hot Stuff: Take 2

3. Living The Best I Can

4. You Can't Rule Me

5. No Need You Doggin' Me

6. Look What You Got: Take 1

7. Look What You Got: Take 2

8. My Baby Don't Want Me No More: Take 1

9. My Baby Don't Want Me No More: Take 2

10. Wants Cake When I'm Hungry

11. Down In The Alley: Take 1

12. Down In The Alley: Take 2

13. Blues Everywhere

14. Keep On Sailing

15. Please Don't Stop Him

16. Walking And Crying Blues

17. I'm Going Don't You Know

18. Running And Dodging Blues

19. New Caught Me Wrong Again

20. Stop Lying On Me

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Track List: Memphis Minnie Vol. 1 (1935)

1. Dirty Mother For You

2. Sylvester And His Mule Blues

3. When You're Asleep

4. You Can't Give It Away

5. Let Me Ride

6. When The Saints Go Marching Home

7. Jockey Man Blues

8. Weary Woman's Blues

9. Reachin' Pete

10. Down In New Orleans

11. You Wrecked My Happy Home

12. I'm Waiting On You

13. Keep On Goin'

14. Ball And Chain Blues

15. He's In The Ring (Take A)

16. He's In The Ring (Take B)

17. Joe Louis Strut

18. When The Sun Goes Down -Part 2

19. Hustlin' Woman Blues

20. Selling My Pork Chops

21. Doctor, Doctor Blues

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Track List: Memphis Minnie Vol. 2 (1935-1936)

1. Biting Bug Blues

2. Minnie's Lonesome Song

3. You Ain't Done Nothing To Me

4. Ain't Nobody Home But Me (Take 1)

5. Ain't Nobody Home But Me (Take 2)

6. New Orleans Stop Time

7. Ice Man

8. Hodoo Lady

9. My Strange Man

10. I'm A Gamblin Woman

11. I'm A Bad Lucj Woman

12. Caught Me Wrong Again

13. Black Cat Blues (Take 1)

14. Black Cat Blues (Take 2)

15. Good Morning

16. Man You Won't Give Me No Money

17. If You See My Rooster

18. I Don't Want You No More

19. Out In The Cold

20. Dragging My Heart Around

21. Moonshine

22. It's Hard To Be Mistreated

23. Haunted House (Take 1)

24. Haunted House (Take 2)

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Track List: Memphis Minnie Vol. 5 (1940-1941)

1. Lonesome Shack Blues

2. Nothing In Rambling

3. Boy Friend Blues

4. Finger Print Blues

5. It's Hard To Please My Man

6. Ma Rainey

7. In My Girlish Days

8. Me And My Chauffeur Blues

9. Down By The Riverside

10. I Got To Make A Change Blues

11. Pig Meat On The Line

12. My Gage Is Going Up

13. This Is Your Last Chance

14. Can't Afford To Lose My Man

15. I'm Not A Bad Gal

16. You Got To Get Out Of Here

17. Don't Turn The Card

18. Looking The World Over

19. It Was You Baby

20. You Need A Friend

21. I Am Sailin'

22. Remember Me Blues

23. Black Rat Swing

24. Just Had To Holler

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davdlevn
oh yea!
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Fabulous. Honored to hv found this
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pixiegrrrl
fantastic!
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Sweet sweet sweet
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Everybody wants to buy my kitty, I wouldn't sell that to save your soul
(Oh play it, catch a rat)
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Grew up listening to Memphis Minnie & never get tired of listening to her legendary vocals!
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The best blues singer/guita r player EVER. In my honest opinion
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" NICE PLAYING GAL, LOTS OF "SOUL". MR. F. THOMAS CLARK
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Broonzy was never married to Minnie
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That's Big Bill Broonzy on Guitar. They were married at the time!
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I just heard Mephis Minnie Right now and What a voice! and Guitar! Go Minne go! =0 =)
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Puts you in the mood! doesn't it? Chuck
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Memphis Minnie is truly an American Gem for all of time.
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Memphis Minnie is the bomb! I am only sad that pandora doesn't have my favorite song of hers: broken heart!

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