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Gertrude Pridgett Rainey, better known as Ma Rainey (Columbus, Georgia, April 26, 1886 – Columbus, Georgia, December 22, 1939), was one of the earliest known professional singers and one of the first generation of such singers to record. She was billed as The Mother of the Blues. She did much to develop and popularize the form and was an important influence on younger blues women, such as Bessie Smith, and their careers.

She first appeared on stage in Columbus in… read more

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    trust no man!
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    Hi Fallout fan`s :D
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    they must've been women, 'cause I don't like no men ♥
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    My son often thinks that Ma Rainey is 'ghost music.' I think that he is right.
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    ATTN : All 5 Volumes are available on Spotify that are the definitive of all Ma's recordings that you can peruse now. (All 110 Tracks + 5 hours,29 minutes of the great Ma Rainey = Spend the whole day with "The Mother Of The Blues") You get : Vol 1 - (1923-1924) Vol 2 - (1924-1925) Vol 3 - (1925-1926) Vol 4 - (1926-1927) & Vol 5 - (1928) Heh heh,I feel like such a shill - jk ( ; but I only want to help the masses out. Enjoy everyone !!!
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    vv There's a box-set called "Mother Of The Blues" that JSP Released in 2007. It features all of her recordings (including rare alternate takes). The box-set is generally less than $25 and is also available to download individually on iTunes or Amazon Mp3 (each disc cost about $10).
  • Avatar for CaesarTheSalad
    Please help me with downloading her discography! Give me a reference. I only have an album called Ma Rainey((
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    J'aime cette femme!!
  • Avatar for Batiste369
    When I get a letter it never brings good news, every time I see the mail-man Yonder Comes The Blues <3
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    Mama Bluez!

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