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Mary Johnson (1900-1970)
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”.

Thanks to Dennis Pereya for his help with this page.

discography

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Barrel House Flat Blues
(Mary Johnson)
11-1929 Grafton, Wisconsin Paramount 12996
Black Gal Blues 8-24-1934 Chicago, Illinois Decca 7014
Black Men Blues
(Mary Johnson)
5-9-1929 Chicago, Illinois Brunswick 7081
Broken Window Pane 5-28-1936 Chicago, Illinois Decca unissued
Dawn Of Day Blues 4-8-1930 Chicago, Illinois Brunswick 7153
Death Cell Blues 4-8-1930 Chicago, Illinois Brunswick 7160
Deceitful Woman Blues 8-20-1934 Chicago, Illinois Decca 7014
Delmar Avenue 5-22-1936 Chicago, Illinois Decca 7035
Dream Daddy Blues
(Mary Johnson)
11-1929 Grafton, Wisconsin Paramount 12931
Feather Bed Blues 5-22-1936 Chicago, Illinois Decca unissued
Friendless Gal Blues 4-8-1930 Chicago, Illinois Brunswick 7160
I Just Can’t Take It 5-23-1936 Chicago, Illinois Decca 7305
Key To The Mountain Blues
(Mary Johnson)
11-1929 Grafton, Wisconsin Paramount 12996
Mary Johnson Blues
(Mary Johnson)
9-22-1932 Richmond, Indiana Champion 16570
Mean Black Man Blues
(Mary Johnson)
11-1929 Grafton, Wisconsin Paramount 12931
Morning Sun Blues 4-9-1930 Chicago, Illinois Brunswick 7175
Muddy Creek Blues 5-7-1929 Chicago, Illinois Brunswick 7093
No Good Town Blues 4-9-1930 Chicago, Illinois Brunswick 7175
Peepin’ At The Risin’ Sun 8-18-1934 Chicago, Illinois Decca 7012
Rattlesnake Blues Blues 9-22-1932 Richmond, Indiana Champion 16570
Room Rent Blues 5-7-1929 Chicago, Illinois Brunswick 7093
Those Black Men Blues 8-18-1934 Chicago, Illinois Decca 7012
Three Months Ago Blues 4-8-1930 Chicago, Illinois Brunswick 7153
Western Union Blues
(Mary Johnson)
5-9-1929 Chicago, Illinois Brunswick
Yalla Man 5-22-1936 Chicago, Illinois Decca unissued
Stop My Barrel House Ways 5-22-1936 Chicago, Illinois Decca unissued

accompanied by

Artist Instrument
Kokomo Arnold Guitar
Henry Brown Piano
Judson Brown Piano
Curtis Mosby Violin
Ike Rodgers Trombone
Roosevelt Sykes Piano
Tampa Red Guitar
Peetie Wheatstraw Piano

 

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