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dimanche 8 décembre 2019



Let's start our fourth volume of those "Ladies sing the blues" series with Laurie Tate. Surprisingly, very few is known about this fine blues and jazz singer who was one of the first in a long line of R&B divas who shaped the success of Atlantic Records. Laurie came, reportedly, from Richmond, Va to New York City to try her luck as a singer and she was signed to Atlantic in May 1950, recording quickly two sessions backed by the Joe Morris band, a solid unit which plays a major role in the success, artistically and commercially, of those eight tracks. The scorching ballad Anytime, anyplace, anywhere climbed n°1 to the R&B Charts, establishing Atlantic as a new important label. Tate joined permanently the Joe Morris' Blues Cavalcade for awhile and toured briefly the West Coast as a featured singer. But soon, for family reasons, this very promising talent quit the music business and she was replaced in Joe Morris' band by Faye Adams. Apparently, nobody knows what happened to Laurie after 1952.
            Tina Dixon, "The Bombshell of blues" started her career as a jazz singer in Detroit clubs like the Ballyhoo before being hired as the featured singer of The Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra as soon as 1943. She thus toured the Army and Navy camps during WWII and recorded special
programs for the troops, particularly the first version of E ba ba lee ba in August 1945, claiming she wrote the number before Helen Humes's record that hit the Charts. She left Lunceford to pursue a career of her own, recording a new version of her hit in 1945. Married with the famous tap dancer Louis Collins, Tina toured with her husband, joining King label, waxing some proto-R'n'Roll sides but a real commercial success never came. Anyway, the very wise and brave Tina Dixon switched to a new career in the comedy theatres with (sometimes very) risqué pieces and plays and she became very popular among African-Americans during the late 1950's under the moniker Aunt Tina Dixon, waxing two "dirty" and very commercially successful LP's and appearing in some Television shows, particularly the very popular Sanford & Son series
Madlyn Davis belongs to a former generation of lady singers, contemporary of Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith and Victoria Spivey. Her life is unfortunately ill-documented but her four sessions for Paramount Records done between 1927 and 1929 are of a very high standard. Kokola blues from November 1927, backed by Richard Jones on piano, is the very first recorded version of Kokomo blues/ Sweet home Chicago. Her great last session (October 1929) finds her alongside Tampa Red and Georgia Tom Dorsey! I don't know what became of her after that.
                                                                       Gérard HERZHAFT
Thanks a lot to bluesjumper33, Jose Yrraberra and Charles F. for their help. Every extra facts about those singers will be very welcome.

LAURIE TATE, vcl; Joe Morris, tpt; horns; Elmo Hope, pno; Roy Gaines, g; bs; dms. New York City, 7 June 1950
01. Anytime, anyplace, anywhere
02. Stormy weather
03. Come back daddy, daddy
04. Rock me daddy
Laurie Tate, vcl; Joe Morris, tpt; horns; Elmo Hope, pno; Roy Gaines, g; bs; dms. New York City, 20 november1950
05. You're my darling
06. I hope you're satisfied
07. Can't stop my crying
08. Don't take your love away
TINA DIXON, vcl; Jimmie Lunceford, a-sax; Omer Simeon, a-sax; Kirkland Bradford, a-sax; Ernest Puce, t-sax; Joe Thomas, t-sax; Earl Carruthers, b-sax; Charles Stewart, tpt; Bob Mitchell, tpt; William Scott, tpt; Russell Green, tpt; Joe Williams, tb; Earl Hardy, tb; Fernando Arbello, tb; Edwin Wilcox, pno; John Mitchell, g: Truck Parham, bs; Joe Marshall, dms. Hollywood, Ca. 4-9 august 1945
09. E ba ba lee ba
10. Stuff like that there
Tina Dixon, vcl; Lorenzo Flennoy, pno; Jimmie Edwards, g; Robert Lewis, bs. Hollywood, Ca. september 1945
11. E-bop-o-lee-bop
Tina Dixon, vcl; Her All Stars, band. Houston, Tx. november 1947
12. Don't you know I want to love you
13. Hello baby
Tina Dixon, vcl; Gene Nero, a-sax; Willie Wells, tpt; Rudy Rutherford, b-sax; Prince Albert, pno; George Washington, bs; Bob Atcheson, dms. Detroit, Mi. 1948
14. Blow Mr Be-bop
15. Parrot bar boogie
16. Walk that walk daddy-o
17. What I say
MADLYN DAVIS, vcl; Dave Nelson, cnt; Norman Ebron, pno; bjo. Chicago, Ill. june 1927
18. Worried down the blues
19. Climbing mountain blues
Madlyn Davis, vcl; Cassino Simpson, pno; kazoo; bjo. Chicago, Ill. september 1927
20. Hurry sundown blues
21. Landlady's footsteps
Madlyn Davis, vcl; Richard Jones, pno; band. Chicago, Ill. november 1927
22. Winter blues
23. Kokola blues
Madlyn Davis, vcl; Tampa Red, g; Georgia Tom Dorsey, pno. Chicago, Ill. october 1929
24. Death bell blues
25. It's red hot
26. Too black bad

Gold tooth blues

20 commentaires:



  2. It's fine.Thanks a lot Gérard

  3. Magnifique Gerard, merci !
    Merci aussi pour les Howlin Wolf unissued....plusieurs de mes correspondants m'avaient demandé des liens.....que je ne retrouvais pas, les voici à même de satisfaire leurs souhaits
    Bravo à toi.....Merry Xmas et Bonne année....Robert

  4. Magnifique Gérard, merci
    Merci aussi pour Howlin' Wolf unissued concerts ; plusieurs correspondants m'avaient demandé des liens.....que je ne retrouvais pas; maintenant ils peuvent assouvir leurs souhaits

  5. bonne soiree a toi Gerard;merci pour ce nouveau post;comme d'habitude c'est tres interessant.

  6. Thank you Gérard for another nice compilation. These ladies can sing!

  7. TYVM Gerard. Excellent. Can I also take this oppurtunity to thank you for your hard work during 2019 and I wish you a great Xmas holiday and a very prosperous New Year in Lyon!

    1. Thanks a lot to all those who wished me a Merry Xmas and Happy New Year. And Cheers to y'all!

  8. Thank you Gerard for this compilation and all your work over the year . Wishing you and family a great Christmas and New Year

  9. Une belle découverte avec Laurie Tate, qui n'est pas sans me rappeler Lil Green. Merci !

  10. Une belle découverte, une belle surprise avec Laurie Tate, qui n'est pas sans me rappeler Lil Green. Merci !

  11. Merci !
    Bonnes fêtes

  12. Merci, Gerard! May I ask where to find Ladies Sing the Blues Volumes 1, 2 and 3? Happy holidays and new year!

  13. Ladies 3 is from september 2019
    Ladies 1 is Irene scruggs
    and Ladies 2 is Iona Wade
    I think all dload links are still active

  14. Thank you for all the great posts this year ! Have a wonderful holiday season with your family !!

  15. Interesting and to me unknown stuff. thank you very much and for lots of other great music these years...Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    Stuffy from Sweden

  16. Bonjour M. Herzhaft,

    Je viens de découvrir votre magnifique blog. Je tiens à vous remercier très chaleureusement pour votre énorme travail désintéressé et passionné. Détenteur de certains de vos ouvrages, je ne sais comment vous dire mon admiration pour votre parcours et engagement en faveur du blues (que j'ai découvert grâce au legs des vinyls de mon beau-père) et dont je peux approfondir la connaissance grâce à VOUS.

    Mille merci et une très belle année 2020 à vous