Ma Rainey

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Ma Rainey
Background information
Birth nameGertrude Pridgett
Born(1886-04-26)April 26, 1886
Columbus, Georgia, U.S.
Died (aged 53)
Rome, Georgia, U.S.
Years active1899–1933

Gertrude "Ma" Rainey (born Gertrude Pridgett, April 26, 1886 – December 22, 1939) was an American blues singer. She was one of the first generation of blues singers to record.[1]

Rainey was known as The "Mother of the Blues".[2]

Her first recording was made in 1923. In the next five years, she made over 100 recordings, including "Bo-Weevil Blues" (1923), "Moonshine Blues" (1923), "See See Rider Blues" (1924), "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" (1927), and "Soon This Morning" (1927).[3]

Rainey died on December 22, 1939 in Rome, Georgia from a heart attack, aged 53.

References[change | change source]

  1. Southern, Eileen (1997). The Music of Black Americans: A History (3rd ed.). W. W. Norton. ISBN 0-393-97141-4.
  2. Russonello, Giovanni (2019-06-12). "Overlooked No More: Ma Rainey, the 'Mother of the Blues'". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-09-06.
  3. Lieb, Sandra (1983). Mother of the Blues: A Study of Ma Rainey (3rd ed.). University of Massachusetts Press. ISBN 0-87023-394-7.