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Bertha "Chippie" Hill (1905-1950)
Bertha "Chippie" Hill (1905-1950)Bertha “Chippie” Hill (March 15, 1905 – May 7, 1950) was a dancer and vaudeville singer. At the age of thirteen she and her family moved to New York City where Hill began to pursue a life in show business. In 1919 she was working as a dancer with Ethel Waters in New York and toured with the Rabbit Foot Minstrels. In the early 1920s she toured the TOBA circuit with her own song and dance act. In the mid-1920s she settled in Chicago and worked at various venues in the city appearing on the same bill with King Oliver’s Jazz Band.

Bertha "Chippie" Hill (1905-1950)Hill is best remembered today for the ten recordings she made for Okeh in 1925 and 1926 that featured Louis Armstrong on cornet. Hill left show business for a few years when the Depression was in full swing, but by the mid-1930s she was performing again with Jimmie Noone, and Lovie Austin and her Blues Serenaders. After World War II she worked with James P. JohnsonKid Ory and Art Hodes. She died in 1950 after being injured in a hit and run automobile accident.

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Bertha “Chippie” Hill with Lovie Austin’s Blues Serenaders
Bertha “Chippie” Hill with Baby Dodds Stompers

Bertha "Chippie" Hill (1905-1950)

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Christmas Man Blues 10-16-1928 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1224
Do Dirty Blues
(Richard M. Jones)
5-14-1927 Chicago, Illinois Okeh
8473
Georgia Man
Piano accompaniment by Richard M. Jones
Trumpet by Louis Armstrong

(Richard M. Jones)
2-23-1926 Chicago, Illinois Okeh
8312-B
Conqueror 8937
Perfect
19934
Hangman Blues 11-1-1928 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1248
Hard Time Blues 10-16-1928 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1264
I Ain’t Gonna Do It No More 3-16-1929 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1406
Kid Man Blues
(Richard M. Jones)
11-9-1925 Chicago, Illinois Okeh
8273
Leavenworth Blues
Accompanied by Richard M. Jones Jazz Wizards

(Atkins)
6-14-1926 Chicago, Illinois Okeh
8367-B
Lonesome, All Alone And Blue
(Richard M. Jones)
2-23-1926 Chicago, Illinois Okeh
8339
Lonesome, Weary Blues
(Richard M. Jones)
11-26-1926 Chicago, Illinois Okeh
8453
Lovesick Blues
(Richard M. Jones / Irving Mills)
11-26-1926 Chicago, Illinois Okeh
8453
Low Land Blues
(Richard M. Jones)
11-9-1925 Chicago, Illinois Okeh
8273
Mess, Katie, Mess
(Kapp / Eller)
11-23-1926 Chicago, Illinois Okeh
8437
Panama Limited Blues
Accompanied by Richard M. Jones Jazz Wizards

(Richard M. Jones)
6-15-1926 Chicago, Illinois Okeh
8367-A
Pleadin’ For The Blues
(Chippie Hill / Richard M. Jones)
11-23-1926 Chicago, Illinois Okeh
8420-B
Pratt City Blues
(Chippie Hill / Richard M. Jones)
11-23-1926 Chicago, Illinois Okeh
8420-A
Pratt City Blues 3-16-1929 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1406
Some Cold Rainy Day
(Dorsey)
10-13-1928 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1264
Sport Model Mama
(Victoria Spivey)
5-14-1927 Chicago, Illinois Okeh
8473
Street Walker Blues
(Chippie Hill)
6-15-1926 Chicago, Illinois Okeh
8437
Trouble In Mind
Piano accompaniment by Richard M. Jones
Trumpet by Louis Armstrong

(Richard M. Jones)
2-23-1926 Chicago, Illinois Okeh
8312-A
Conqueror
8937
Perfect
19934
Trouble In Mind Blues
(Richard M. Jones)
11-1-1928 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1248
Weary Money Blues 10-13-1928 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1224

accompanied by

Artist Instrument
Louis Armstrong Cornet
Shirley Clay Cornet
Georgia Tom Dorsey Piano
Preston Jackson Trombone
Frankie “Half Pint” Jaxon Speech
Cliff Jones Drums
Lonnie Johnson Guitar
Ikey Robinson Banjo
Johnny St. Cyr Banjo
Tampa Red Guitar
Artie Starks Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Bill Johnson Bass

 

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