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Bessie Brown (1890-1955)
Bessie Brown (1890-1955)Bessie Brown, (March 2, 1890– November  12, 1955) like so many other female classic Blues singers of the 1920s. had a background in vaudeville and musical theatre. Throughout the 1920s she appeared in musical revues such as the “Moonshine Revue”, “The Whirl Of Joy” and “Dark-Town Frolics”. Brown also sang in cabarets on the East coast.

George Williams and Bessie Brown
George Williams and Bessie Brown

Her recording career lasted from 1925 to 1928. Some of her records were issued under the pseudonyms of Sadie Green or Caroline Lee. She left show business in 1932 and had three children. Brown died of a heart attack in 1955.

band or session leader

Bessie Brown and her Jazz Band

Bessie Brown (1890-1955)

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Ain’t Much Good In The Best Of Men These Days
(Eugene Hunter)
8-10-1926 New York, New York Oriole 716
6767-2
Ain’t Much Good In The Best Of Men These Days
(Eugene Hunter)
8-10-1926 New York, New York Banner
1833
Domino
3781
Regal
8142-B

6767-3
Arkansas Blues
(Spencer Williams)
4-3-1928 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1182
Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man
(Kern / Hammerstein)
1-31-1928 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
15688-B
Chloe (Song Of The Swamp)
(Gus Kahn / Neil Moret)
1-31-1928 Chicago, Illinois Brunswick
3817-A
Double Crossing Daddy 1923 Chicago, Illinois Columbia
A3974
He Just Don’t Appeal To Me

(Porter Grainger

3-1929 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
4409
Hoodoo Blues
Accompaniment by “Alabamba Joe”

(Spencer Williams)
New York, New York Columbia
14029-D
How Can I Get It?
(When You Keep On Snatchin’ It Back)
Accompaniment by “Alabamba Joe”
New York, New York Columbia
14029-D
How Could I Be Blue?
(Anday Razaf / Dan Wilson)
6-1926 New York, New York Domino
3781-A
Oriole 698-B

6707-2
How Could I Be Blue?
(Anday Razaf / Dan Wilson)
6-1926 New York, New York Domino
3781-A

6707-3
Mississippi Delta Blues
(Spencer Williams)
6-1924 New York, New York Columbia
14036-D

81916
Nobody But My Baby Is Getting My Love 9-1926 New York, New York Banner
1859
6813-1
Papa De Da Da
(Clarence Williams / Clarence Todd / Spencer Williams)
11-10-1925 New York, New York Pathe Actuelle
32156
Perfect 12235
Papa, Don’t You Mean Your Mama No Good (Fletcher Henderson, Piano) 1923 New York, New York Columbia 130060
81368
Pork Chop Blues 1924 New York, New York Columbia
14036-D
81924
Satisfied Blues 1923 New York, New York Columbia
A3974
81157
Senorita Mine
(Clarence Williams / Fats Waller)
8-10-1926 New York, New York Oriole
716
Smile
(Eddie Heywood)
4-2-1928 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
3922
Someone Else May Be There While I’m Gone
(Irving Berlin)
1-31-1928 Chicago, Illinois Brunswick
3817-B
Song From A Cotton Field
(Irving Berlin)
1-31-1928 Chicago, Illinois Brunswick
4409-B
Sugar 4-3-1928 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1112
Tain’t Nobody’s Fault But My Own
(Lawnhurst)
4-1929 New York, New York Brunswick
4346
The Blues Singer From Alabam
(Castleton / Williams)
4-1929 New York, New York Brunswick
4346
Them Has Been Blues 11-10-1925 New York, New York Pathe Actuelle
32156
Perfect 12235
The Song From A Cotton Field
(Porter Grainger)
3-1929 New York, New York Vocalion
4409
What’s The Matter Now?
(Clarence Williams / Spencer Williams)
11-10-1925 New York, New York Banner
1833-A
Domino
3781-B
Oriole 698-A
Regal
8142-A

accompanied by

Artist Instrument
Buster Bailey Clarinet
Harvey Boone Alto Saxophone
Porter Grainger? Piano
Charlie Green Trumpet
Coleman Hawkins Tenor, Bass or Baritone Saxophones
Fletcher Henderson Piano
Clarence Holiday Banjo
Charlie Irvis Cornet
Benny Moten Clarinet
Bobby Stark Trumpet
Rex Stewart Cornet
Del Thomas Bass Brass
Clarence Williams Piano
unknown Banjo, Vocals

 

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