MEMPHIS MINNIE (1897-1973) aka Lizzie Douglas, was born in Algiers, Louisiana. She was an incredible, original icon of the blues, recording an astouding 200 or more sides from the 1920's into the early 1950's, sometimes solo, or in duets with husbands Kansas Joe McCoy, and Little Son Joe Lawlor, or, in later years, in combos. She was a great pioneer in a world dominated by men. She had a declamatory, vibrant voice and rockin' guitar style. She wrote her own hits, "Bumble Bee," "Me and My Chauffeur," "What Fault You Find of Me?" "When the Levee Breaks" "I'm So Glad I Don't Know What To Do," and so many other wonderful songs. I just love her, what a true and great and powerful artist!
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