Saturday, April 26, 2008

Happy Birthday Ma Rainey!

Vocalist Ma Rainey, known as the "Mother of The Blues," was born on this date in 1886. She is not as well-known today as her protege Bessie Smith, even though she actually outlived her by several years. Her influence on the next generation of blues and jazz singers, however, is universally recognized by scholars and musicians.

Learn more about Ma Rainey at Britannica online: Ma Rainey
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