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Lizzie Douglas June 3, — August 6,known as Memphis Minniewas a blues guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter whose recording career lasted for over three decades. Douglas was born on June 3,in Algiers, Louisiana. Her parents, Abe and Gertrude Douglas, nicknamed her Kid when she was young, and her family called her that throughout her childhood.
It is reported that she disliked the name Lizzie. When she was seven-years-old, she and her family moved to Walls, Mississippisouth of Memphis, Tennessee. The following year, she received her first guitar, as a Christmas present.
She learned to play the banjo by the age of 10 and the guitar by the age of 11, when she started playing at parties. After Minnie's mother died, Scena Terza - Riccardo Muti, Wiener Philharmoniker, William Shimell, Samuel Ramey, Cheryl Studer, CaAbe Douglas moved back to Walls, where he died in Inat the age of 13, she ran away from home to live on Beale Streetin Memphis.
She played on street corners for most of her teenage years, occasionally returning to her family's farm when she ran out of money. She began performing with Joe McCoyher second husband, in They were discovered by a talent scout for Columbia Recordsin front of a barber shop, where they were playing for dimes. In February they recorded the song "Bumble Bee" for the Vocalion label, which they had already recorded for Columbia but which had not yet been released.
Their last session together was for Decca, in September. An anecdote from Big Bill Broonzy 's Movement 4: Wild Strumming Of Fiddle - Wynton Marsalis - Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra*, Los Angeles, Big Bill Bluesrecounts a cutting contest between Minnie and Broonzy in a Chicago nightclub on June 26,for the prize of a bottle of whiskey and a bottle of gin.
ByMinnie was established in Chicago and had become one of a group of musicians who worked regularly for the record producer and talent scout Lester Melrose. She recorded four sides for Bluebird Records in Julyreturned to the Vocalion label in August, and then recorded another session for Bluebird in October, this time accompanied by Casey Bill Weldonher first husband.
By the end of the s, in addition to her output for Vocalion, she had recorded nearly 20 sides for Decca and eight sides for Bluebird. InMinnie returned to recording for the Vocalion label, this time accompanied by Charlie McCoyKansas Joe's brother, on mandolin. They began recording together inwith Son adding a more rhythmic backing to Minnie's guitar. By Minnie had started playing electric guitar,  and in May of that year she recorded her biggest hit, "Me and My Chauffeur Blues".
Memphis Minnie". In the s Minnie and Lawlars continued to work at their "home club," Chicago's popular Club, where they were often joined by Broonzy, Sunnyland Slimor Snooky Pryorand also played at many of the other better-known Chicago nightclubs. During the s Minnie and Lawlars performed together and separately in the Chicago and Indiana areas. Later in the s, Minnie lived in Indianapolis and Detroit. She returned to Chicago in the early s. Unable to adapt to changing tastes, she moved to smaller labels, such as RegalCheckerand J.
Minnie continued to record into the s, but her health began to decline. With public interest in her music waning, she retired from her musical career, and in she and Lawlars returned to Memphis. In she played at Weihnachts-Konzert - Various - Frohe Weihnachten - Stars Singen Und Spielen Zum Fest memorial concert for Big Bill Broonzy.
Lawlars died the following year, and Minnie had Look What You Got (Take 1) - Memphis Minnie - Complete Recorded Works 1935-1941 In Chronological Ord stroke a short while after. She could no longer survive on her Social Security income. Magazines wrote about her plight, and readers sent her money for assistance. The ceremony was taped for broadcast by the BBC.
The hundreds of sides Minnie recorded are the perfect material to teach us about the blues. For the blues are at once general, and Look What You Got (Take 1) - Memphis Minnie - Complete Recorded Works 1935-1941 In Chronological Ord, speaking for millions, but in a highly singular, individual voice.
Listening to Minnie's songs we hear her fantasies, her dreams, her desires, but we will hear them as if they were our own. Minnie was known as a polished professional and an independent woman who knew how to take care of herself.
She didn't take no foolishness off them. Guitar, pocket knife, pistol, anything she get her hand on she'd use it". Minnie was married three times,  although no marriage certificates have been found. Her second husband was the guitarist and Look What You Got (Take 1) - Memphis Minnie - Complete Recorded Works 1935-1941 In Chronological Ord player Kansas Joe McCoywhom she married in McCoy's jealousy of Minnie's professional success has been given as one reason for the breakup of their marriage.
Minnie was not religious and rarely went to church; the only time she was reported to have gone to church was to see a gospel group perform. Memphis Minnie has been described as "the most popular female country blues singer of all time". From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Redirected from Minnie Douglas. Memphis Minnie. Main article: List of Memphis Minnie songs. Woman with Guitar: Memphis Minnie's Blues. Da Capo Press. Retrieved Dubai: Carlton Books.
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New York: Abbeville Press, p. San Francisco: City Lights Books. Retrieved 8 August And the fans responded. Retrieved 28 July The British blues community rallied around the cause of blueswoman Memphis Minnie, purportedly the first of the Chicago artists to play electric guitar and one its finest instrumentalists. By the time researchers found her she was living in a nursing home in Memphis, paralyzed by a debilitating stroke.
Jo-Ann and Dave Kelly began playing benefits on her behalf and soon other musicians and clubs arranged charity concerts to help the impoverished singer cover her medical expenses. Jo-Ann Kelly also sold pictures of Minnie, which provided the blueswoman with some badly needed income, and letters and cards from her British fans gave her some comfort and satisfaction in her last years.
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