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PLAYLIST- Songs of Protest: Blues, Booze & Broads

These are pictures taken from the May 1995 issue of Playboy magazine.


Playlist for Thursday 5th December, 2013


Segment A:

Memphis Minnie / Killer Diller Blues / Memphis Minnie: Blues Legends Vol. 4 / Brownsville

Memphis Minnie (June 3, 1897 — August 6, 1973) was an American blues guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter. She was the only female blues artist considered a match to male contemporaries as both a singer and an instrumentalist.

Gertrude ‘Ma’ Rainey / Runaway Blues /  Mar Rainey: Blues Classics -2006 Universal Music Australia Pty. Ltd.

Lucille Bogan/ Pay Roll Blues / Lucille Bogan (Bessie Jackson) Vol. 1 [1923-1930] / 1993 Document Records

Clara Smith/ For Sale (Hannah Johnson’s Big Jack Ass) Blues / Clara Smith Vol. 6 (1930-1932) / 2005 Document Records

Georgia Smith / Walking the Street / From The Album: Street Walker Blues: Vintage Songs About Prostitution Volume 1 / 2012 Grammercy Records



Segment B:

Jessie Mae Hemphill / Shame on You / Album “She Wolf” 1981

Jessie Mae Hemphill / Standing in My Doorway Crying / Album “She Wolf” 1981

Jessie Mae was the famous one woman band! Everything you hear she is playing by herself. Amazing!

Odetta / Another Man Done Gone / ”Odetta Sings Ballads and Blues’ is the debut solo album by American folk singer Odetta, first released in 1956. Bob Dylan singled this album out as one of his favorites by Odetta; indeed, it was albums like this that inspired him to play folk music instead of rock ‘n’ roll. Spiritual…

Bette Davis/ 70’s Blues / They Say I’m Different / 2008 Light In The Attic

Betty LaVette / It Ain’t Easy /

Betty Lavette / Serves Him Right /

LaVette moans, screams, shouts, pleads, and growls her way through a dozen tracks with the pent-up hunger of a caged tiger at feeding time / A Woman Like Me / 2006 Blues Express, Inc.

Cher/ Cee Cee Rider / All I Really Want To Do / 2010 Road Classics

Eva Cassidy / Getting Out / ‘Method Actor’ is an eponymous album of the band Method Actor released in 1988 featuring American singer Eva Cassidy. It was unofficially re-released on CD in 2002. It was unofficially re-released on CD in 2002.



Segment C:

Billie Holiday / God Bless the Child / “God Bless The Child” is a song written by Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog, Jr. in 1939, first recorded on May 9, 1941 in New York City by Holiday under the OKeh label.

Madaline Peyroux / Reckless Blues / Her first album, Dreamland was released in 1996 by Atlantic Records, and gained widespread attention.

Norah Jones / Bessie Smith (LIVE) –  Tribute To Blues Legend – Bessie Smith (April 15, 1894 — September 26, 1937) was an American blues singer. Sometimes referred to as ‘The Empress of the Blues’, Smith was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s. She is often regarded as one of the greatest singers of her era and, along with Louis Armstrong, a major influence on subsequent jazz vocalists

Suzie Quattro / Fever / ‘Greatest Hits’ /  2003 EMI UK

Diana Krall / Detroit Blues / This unusual CD is subtitled “Vince Benedetti Meets Diana Krall.” Benedetti, a Swiss trombonist, ran into Krall quite by accident in 1988, enjoyed hearing her perform, and persuaded her to play some concerts with his quartet. This 1990 recording is the result, and it predates Krall’s other records by several years. Of course, if Krall were not involved in this project, chances are it would never have been released. A historical curiosity that is the earliest recording released thus far of the soon-to-be-famous Diana Krall.

Sinnead Connor/ Why Don’t You Do Right – ( Lil’ Green Cover) / All the Best / 2012 EMI

Nancy Sinatra/ Two Shots of Happy, One Shot of Sad (Written By: Bono & The Edge) / 2013 Sanctuary

Nina Simone / Go To Hell / Silk & Soul / (1967)

Gloria Estefan & B.B. King / There Must Be a Better World Somewhere / B.B. King & Friends: 80 is a blues album by B.B. King released in 2005. It was recorded to celebrate King’s 80th birthday and features duets with a variety of musicians. Reached #45 in the Billboard 200 top albums chart as well as #1 in the blues albums chart.

Susan Tedeschi / Better Days /  ‘Better Days’ is an album by American blues artist Susan Tedeschi, originally released in 1995, but later re-released in 1998 after she found national success



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(aka Frances Fairhall) 



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