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Edith Wilson

Edith Wilson (née Goodall; September 2, 1896 – March 31, 1981) was a blues singer, vaudeville performer, and actress from Louisville, Kentucky, US. An African-American who performed and recorded in the classic female blues style in the 1920s, Wilson worked in vaudeville and stage productions, first in Louisville and later throughout the US and abroad. From the 1930s onward, she acted in radio plays and television, and from 1948 to 1966 represented the Aunt Jemima brand for Quaker Oats in personal appearances and on television. She remained an active performer until 1980.

Birth and Death Data: Born September 2, 1896 (Louisville), Died March 30, 1981 (Chicago)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1921 - 1930

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, leader, songwriter

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Recordings (Results 26-38 of 38 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia 80736 10-in. 12/16/1922 What did Deacon Mose do (when the lights went out) Johnny Dunn’s Original Jazz Hounds ; Edith Wilson Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Columbia 81478 10-in. 1/12/1924 Daddy, change your mind Edith Wilson Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist, songwriter, leader  
Columbia 81479 10-in. 1/12/1924 I don't know and I don't care Edith Wilson Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader, vocalist  
Columbia 81831 10-in. 6/18/1924 How come you do me like you do? Alabama Joe ; Edith Wilson Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar vocalist  
Columbia 81832 10-in. 6/18/1924 Muscle Shoals blues Alabama Joe ; Edith Wilson Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar vocalist  
Columbia 81890 10-in. 7/29/1924 My right man Bessie Brown ; George W. Williams Female-male vocal duet ("blues singers"), with piano songwriter  
Columbia 140189 10-in. 12/17/1924 He's a mean, mean man Edith Wilson Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with jazz/dance band vocalist, leader  
Columbia 140190 10-in. 12/17/1924 Double crossin' papa Edith Wilson Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with jazz/dance band vocalist, leader  
Columbia W140415 10-in. 3/6/1925 It's gonna be a cold, cold winter "Doc" Straine ; Edith Wilson Female-male vocal duet ("blues singers"), with piano vocalist  
Columbia W140416 10-in. 3/6/1925 There'll be some changes made "Doc" Straine ; Edith Wilson Female-male vocal duet ("blues singers"), with piano vocalist  
OKeh W401821 10-in. 4/23/1929 Daddy, change your mind Tom Dorsey Novelty Orchestra Jazz/dance quartet songwriter  
Brunswick E31558 10-in. Dec. 1929 (What did I do to be so) Black and blue Edith Wilson Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist  
Brunswick E31559 10-in. Dec. 1929 My man is good for nothing but love Edith Wilson Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist  
(Results 26-38 of 38 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Wilson, Edith," accessed June 19, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105534.

Wilson, Edith. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 19, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105534.

"Wilson, Edith." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 19 June 2024.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105534

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