By Dick Weissman
Blues: the fundamentals deals a concise advent to a century of the blues. geared up chronologically, it makes a speciality of the foremost eras within the progress and improvement of this well known musical kind. fabric contains: a definition of the blues and the most important genres inside it key artists akin to Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Robert Johnson and Blind Lemon Jefferson key recordings whole with timelines and recommendations for additional research, this attention-grabbing review is perfect for college kids and listeners.
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Bessie was also “fond of her gin,” and by all accounts could become violent when she didn’t get exactly what she wanted. That could be alcohol, men, or women, depending on her mood and the circumstances. Her life was a study in ambivalence — varying between vulnerability and aggressiveness. Her relationship with her husband Jack Gee tended toward extremes of love and hate, and there was a considerable amount of physical violence between the two of them. Gee is credited with composing several of Bessie’s songs, and many authors have speculated that these composer credits were gifts from Bessie to appease her high-living husband, because Jack had no musical background or apparent talent.
Gee is credited with composing several of Bessie’s songs, and many authors have speculated that these composer credits were gifts from Bessie to appease her high-living husband, because Jack had no musical background or apparent talent. Albertson claims that Bessie appealed to both white and black audiences, and to some extent she was the darling of that odd breed of New York socialite typified by writer-photographer Carl Van Vechten. Van Vechten invited her to his upscale parties, and flattered her in a rather patronizing manner.
She started her own record company in 1962, recording herself, and some of her friends including Lucille Hegamin and Lonnie Johnson, and even a young Bob Dylan as a sideman on harmonica. Eva Taylor (1895–1977). Another vaudeville performer, Taylor moved to New York. She was married to songwriter-entrepreneur Clarence Williams, and she often appeared with him. Sippie Wallace (1898–1986). Wallace was a member of a very musical family. She often performed with her younger brother, the brilliant pianist Hersal, and her songwriting partner was her brother, George.