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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

TitleRecording DateRecording LocationCompany
Ain’t Much Good In The Best Of Men These Days
(Eugene Hunter)
8-10-1926New York, New YorkOriole 716
6767-2
Ain’t Much Good In The Best Of Men These Days
(Eugene Hunter)
8-10-1926New York, New YorkBanner
1833
Domino
3781
Regal
8142-B

6767-3
Arkansas Blues
(Spencer Williams)
4-3-1928Chicago, IllinoisVocalion
1182
Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man
(Kern / Hammerstein)
1-31-1928Chicago, IllinoisVocalion
15688-B
Chloe (Song Of The Swamp)
(Gus Kahn / Neil Moret)
1-31-1928Chicago, IllinoisBrunswick
3817-A
Double Crossing Daddy1923Chicago, IllinoisColumbia
A3974
He Just Don’t Appeal To Me

(Porter Grainger

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

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

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

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

81916
Nobody But My Baby Is Getting My Love9-1926New York, New YorkBanner
1859
6813-1
Papa De Da Da
(Clarence Williams / Clarence Todd / Spencer Williams)
11-10-1925New York, New YorkPathe Actuelle
32156
Perfect 12235
Papa, Don’t You Mean Your Mama No Good (Fletcher Henderson, Piano)1923New York, New YorkColumbia 130060
81368
Pork Chop Blues1924New York, New YorkColumbia
14036-D
81924
Satisfied Blues1923New York, New YorkColumbia
A3974
81157
Senorita Mine
(Clarence Williams / Fats Waller)
8-10-1926New York, New YorkOriole
716
Smile
(Eddie Heywood)
4-2-1928Chicago, IllinoisVocalion
3922
Someone Else May Be There While I’m Gone
(Irving Berlin)
1-31-1928Chicago, IllinoisBrunswick
3817-B
Song From A Cotton Field
(Irving Berlin)
1-31-1928Chicago, IllinoisBrunswick
4409-B
Sugar4-3-1928Chicago, IllinoisVocalion
1112
Tain’t Nobody’s Fault But My Own
(Lawnhurst)
4-1929New York, New YorkBrunswick
4346
The Blues Singer From Alabam
(Castleton / Williams)
4-1929New York, New YorkBrunswick
4346
Them Has Been Blues11-10-1925New York, New YorkPathe Actuelle
32156
Perfect 12235
The Song From A Cotton Field
(Porter Grainger)
3-1929New York, New YorkVocalion
4409
What’s The Matter Now?
(Clarence Williams / Spencer Williams)
11-10-1925New York, New YorkBanner
1833-A
Domino
3781-B
Oriole 698-A
Regal
8142-A

accompanied by

ArtistInstrument
Buster BaileyClarinet
Harvey BooneAlto Saxophone
Porter Grainger?Piano
Charlie GreenTrumpet
Coleman HawkinsTenor, Bass or Baritone Saxophones
Fletcher HendersonPiano
Clarence HolidayBanjo
Charlie IrvisCornet
Benny MotenClarinet
Bobby StarkTrumpet
Rex StewartCornet
Del ThomasBass Brass
Clarence WilliamsPiano
unknownBanjo, Vocals

 

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