View Full Version : Ma Raney's Black Bottom

01-15-2014, 03:04 PM
Mother of the Blues.


A friend who was looking through my collection of jazz CD's said,
"My gawd! You've got EVERYBODY!"

(But I didn't have Ma Raney then...now I do.)

01-15-2014, 03:29 PM
Have you got Eva Taylor?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vz9IUKjzRAQ 1925
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ngi2p0FDTaQ 1975

01-15-2014, 03:59 PM
No...but I will !

The sound quality isn't half bad considering that these are acoustical recordings.


01-16-2014, 10:45 AM
Great stuff, thanks for posting. From the Ma Rainey link I ended up listening to half a dozen great recordings that I had never heard before, by artists that I had never heard of. I am truly enlightened. :ycool:

01-16-2014, 03:02 PM

Victoria Spivey was quite a looker as well as a good blues singer in the Bessie Smith vein.

01-16-2014, 03:37 PM
Victoria Spivey and Lonnie Johnson are two artists I'm pretty well acquainted with, but it's great to see all this stuff on YouTube. No wonder the white folks thought it was the devil's music, many of the song titles and lyrics from that period are pretty salacious :ycool:

01-16-2014, 03:51 PM
You're right about Victoria Spivey. I just ordered one of her CD's.


01-16-2014, 04:01 PM
How about Sweet Emma Barrett?

01-16-2014, 04:11 PM
Or Bo Carter...

01-16-2014, 04:17 PM
...No wonder the white folks thought it was the devil's music, many of the song titles and lyrics from that period are pretty salacious :ycool:

For instance Lucille Bogan

01-16-2014, 05:55 PM
Oh Lucille, I wish I'd found her recordings when I had a band!

Great boogie piano behind too.

01-17-2014, 05:45 PM
".... Jelly Roll Morton, jazz player and composer, wrote the tune "Black Bottom Stomp" with its name referring to Detroit's Black Bottom area. The dance became a sensation and ended up overtaking the popularity of the Charleston, eventually becoming the number one social dance..."

Jimmy W
01-17-2014, 10:50 PM
How about Edith North Johnson?

Louise Johnson, according to the story, she started as Charley Patton's girlfriend, but they had a fight and she became Son House's girlfriend.

and Charley Patton's wife, Bertha Lee

These are all on the Charley Patton Complete Recordings from 1929-1934 CD. They weren't big stars, but are interesting. Louise and Bertha Lee traveled from Mississippi to Wisconsin with Charley, Son House, and others on different trips. Edith probably just happened to record at about the same time.

Jimmy W
01-17-2014, 11:07 PM
Bo Carter's real name was Armenter Chatmon. He was one on Sam Chatmon's brothers. Sam also claimed that Charley Patton was one on his brothers. I don't know if Charley really was. Sam and Bo and their other brother Lonnie were all part of the Mississippi Sheiks. In 1976, I worked in a state park in Mississippi and Sam Chatmon would regularly come out there to fish in the lake. I really wish that I had gotten to know him better. I did get to see him perform there with Son Thomas.


Jimmy W
01-17-2014, 11:23 PM
Walter Vinson was another member of The Mississippi Sheiks and he said that he wrote this one. It seems that it is now credited to both him and Lonnie Chatmon.