Blues, Soul, Rhythm and Blues
Women in Music: A Pathfinder for Sources
These musical styles evolved from work songs and spirituals of
African-American traditions from the early 20th century.
- Harrison, Daphne Duval. Black Pearls : Blues Queens of the
1920s. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1988.
- A social history which clarifies the role of black women in
American history and demonstrates the economic impact of blues
women on the music industry with stories of actual blues singers of
the 20's such as Bessie Smith, Victoria Spivey, and many others.
With a discography. Music -- CALL NUMBER: 784.53092 H318, B627,
- Jones, Hettie. Big Star Fallin' Mama; Five Women in Black
Music. New York: Viking Press, 1974.
- A book suitable for young people and grown-ups about Ma Rainey,
Bessie Smith, Mahalia Jackson, Billie Holiday, and Aretha Franklin.
An easy to read introduction to black women blues
singers-illustrated and well organized. With a bibliography and
discography. Perkins Juvenile -- CALL NUMBER: 920 J7 , 1974
- Baker, Etta. One-Dime Blues. Cambridge, MA: Rounder,
- A sound recording from this North Carolina native singer and
finger-picked guitar expert. A virtuoso player. Contains 20 tracks.
Music Media Center -- CALL NUMBER: CD 1616
- Bishop, Heather. A Taste of the Blues. Winnipeg,
Manitoba: Mother of Pearl Records, 1986.
- This canadian Blues woman recorded 10 tracks with a eleven
other musicians. The songs are her own as well as tunes by blues
artists such as Joan Armatrading and Billie Holiday. With good
black and white shots of studio moments. Music Media Center -- CALL
NUMBER: SC 86
- Franklin, Aretha. Queen of Soul. New York: Atlantic,
- 4 discs and a 79 page booklet make up this comprehensive
collection of digitally remastered soul tunes. The booklet contains
a discography, essays, and excerpts of interviews with Aretha
Franklin. Music Media Center -- CALL NUMBER: CD 2332
- James, Etta. The Essential Etta James. Universal City,
CA: Chess/MCA Records, 1993.
- Two discs containing 44 rhythm and blues tracks and a
biographical sketch of this "child of a teenage mother who took to
calling herself the "daughter of Minnesota Fats". A great, strong
and original voice. Music Media Center -- CALL NUMBER: CD 1634
- Memphis Minnie. Hoodoo Lady (1933-1937). New York:
- 20 tracks and a short biography are included on this disc by
the woman Blues Who's Who called "the greatest of all
female singers to record". Music Media Center -- CALL NUMBER: CD
- Rainey, Ma, 1886-1939. Ma Rainey. Berkeley, CA:
Milestone Records : Fantasy [distributor], 1992.
- These 24 songs were recorded with Louis Armstrong, Georgia Tom
Dorsey and others. With a history of blues music and Ma Rainey's
contribution to it. Music Media Center -- CALL NUMBER: CD 1089
- She's Got The Blues. Milwaukee, WI: Hal Leonard Pub.
- A songbook featuring tunes by Ella Fitzgerald and Bessie Smith
to Bonnie Raitt and Mariah Carey. With traditional tunes like "Lady
Sings the Blues" and "Stormy Weather" as well as newer hit songs.
Contains music and lyrics; songs organized alphabetically by title.
Music -- CALL NUMBER: M781.643 S554 1992
- Koko Taylor, Queen of the Blues. Oak Forrest, IL: MPI
Home Video, 1991.
- A 55 minute recording with guests Willie Dixon and Buddy Guy of
a concert at Legends nightclub (1990). With on the road photography
showing Taylor's journey from plantation life to the Chicago
streets and world acclaim. Lilly A-V Video cassette -- CALL NUMBER:
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