Memphis Minnie

Biography

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"Not only did Memphis write most of the more than 200 sides she recorded during her career, she also wrote songs for other outstanding blues musicians, including Robert Nighthawk. Her virtuosity as an instrumentalist was matched by her brilliance and subtlety as a lyricist; with the keen mind of a poet, she transmuted the facts of life in the Delta and beyond into contemplations of identity, desire, and power."

--- quoted from an online essay The Forgotten Queen: Was Memphis Minnie the Mother of Electric Blues Guiarists? by JoBeth Briton

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photo credit: Drinkin' In The Blues

"Born Lizzie "Kid" Douglas on June 3, 1897 near New Orleans, she was the oldest of 13 children.... With a powerful
backing of her vocals on guitar, it was often said 'she plays as good as any man!'"

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"In 1929 Minnie and her first husband, Kansas Joe McCoy were playing on the streets of Memphis when they were discovered by a scout for Colombia. In June of that year they made their first record. She sang solos, and they performed duets with their strong dual guitar backgrounds. "

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--- the two quoted paragraphs are from the site Drinkin' In The Blues which offers biographical information of  some blues artists and links to other online blues reference; hosted by the blues lady

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Memphis Minnie and her husband

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LINKS: GENERAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

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Country Meets Blues :  giving  insight in some of the greatest country and blues musicians, including Memphis Minnie.
It's a Girl Thang: Lea Gilmore the host said, "This site is a celebration of women and their vast contributions to blues music. Each month there will be a feature interview with a contemporary woman blues artist, tour information, profiles of historical figures, and much more!"
The Blueflame Cafe: introducing blues artists, like Memphis Minnie, with biographical information and some audio samples.
Blues and Two J's Website
The King Biscuit blues

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biography discography selected songs links

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