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Mary Johnson (1900-1970)Blues singer Mary Johnson (March 29, 1898 or 1900 – July 20, 1983) got her start in show business as a teenager in St. Louis. She frequently worked with Blues singer and guitarist Lonnie Johnson and in 1925 they were married. They had six children together and divorced in 1930. For some reason they never recorded together. She continued to perform predominantly in the St. Louis area up until the mid-1940s. After leaving show business she was active in the church and worked in a hospital. Johnson was sometimes billed as “Signifying Mary”.

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TitleRecording DateRecording LocationCompany
Barrel House Flat Blues
(Mary Johnson)
11-1929Grafton, WisconsinParamount 12996
Black Gal Blues8-24-1934Chicago, IllinoisDecca 7014
Black Men Blues
(Mary Johnson)
5-9-1929Chicago, IllinoisBrunswick 7081
Broken Window Pane5-28-1936Chicago, IllinoisDecca unissued
Dawn Of Day Blues4-8-1930Chicago, IllinoisBrunswick 7153
Death Cell Blues4-8-1930Chicago, IllinoisBrunswick 7160
Deceitful Woman Blues8-20-1934Chicago, IllinoisDecca 7014
Delmar Avenue5-22-1936Chicago, IllinoisDecca 7035
Dream Daddy Blues
(Mary Johnson)
11-1929Grafton, WisconsinParamount 12931
Feather Bed Blues5-22-1936Chicago, IllinoisDecca unissued
Friendless Gal Blues4-8-1930Chicago, IllinoisBrunswick 7160
I Just Can’t Take It5-23-1936Chicago, IllinoisDecca 7305
Key To The Mountain Blues
(Mary Johnson)
11-1929Grafton, WisconsinParamount 12996
Mary Johnson Blues
(Mary Johnson)
9-22-1932Richmond, IndianaChampion 16570
Mean Black Man Blues
(Mary Johnson)
11-1929Grafton, WisconsinParamount 12931
Morning Sun Blues4-9-1930Chicago, IllinoisBrunswick 7175
Muddy Creek Blues5-7-1929Chicago, IllinoisBrunswick 7093
No Good Town Blues4-9-1930Chicago, IllinoisBrunswick 7175
Peepin’ At The Risin’ Sun8-18-1934Chicago, IllinoisDecca 7012
Rattlesnake Blues Blues9-22-1932Richmond, IndianaChampion 16570
Room Rent Blues5-7-1929Chicago, IllinoisBrunswick 7093
Those Black Men Blues8-18-1934Chicago, IllinoisDecca 7012
Three Months Ago Blues4-8-1930Chicago, IllinoisBrunswick 7153
Western Union Blues
(Mary Johnson)
5-9-1929Chicago, IllinoisBrunswick
Yalla Man5-22-1936Chicago, IllinoisDecca unissued
Stop My Barrel House Ways5-22-1936Chicago, IllinoisDecca unissued

accompanied by

Kokomo ArnoldGuitar
Henry BrownPiano
Judson BrownPiano
Curtis MosbyViolin
Ike RodgersTrombone
Roosevelt SykesPiano
Tampa RedGuitar
Peetie WheatstrawPiano


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