Martha Copeland

Martha Copeland (c. 1891–1894; date of death unknown) was an American classic female blues singer. She recorded 34 songs between 1923 and 1928. She was promoted by Columbia Records as "Everybody's Mammy", but her records did not sell in the quantities achieved by the Columbia recording artists Bessie Smith and Clara Smith. Apart from her recording career, little is known of her life.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1891 (Portsmouth)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1923 - 1928

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, composer, lyricist

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Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-37393 10-in. 2/3/1927 When the wind makes connection with your dry goods Martha Copeland ; Sidney Easton Female-male vocal duet, with violin and piano vocalist  
Victor BVE-37394 10-in. 2/3/1927 Hard headed mama Martha Copeland ; Sidney Easton Female-male vocal duet, with violin and piano vocalist  
Victor BVE-37395 10-in. 2/3/1927 I don't care who ain't got nobody Martha Copeland Female vocal solo, with violin and piano vocalist  
Victor BVE-37396 10-in. 2/3/1927 Stole my man Martha Copeland Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, composer  
Columbia W142608 10-in. 9/14/1926 Black snake blues Martha Copeland Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano vocalist  
Columbia W142609 10-in. 9/14/1926 Papa if you can't do better Martha Copeland Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano vocalist  
Columbia W143203 10-in. 12/21/1926 On Decoration Day (They'll know where to bring your flowers to) Martha Copeland Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet and piano vocalist  
Columbia W143204 10-in. 12/21/1926 Fortune teller blues Martha Copeland Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet and piano vocalist  
Columbia W143480 10-in. 2/16/1927 The black snake moan Martha Copeland Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano vocalist  
Columbia W143481 10-in. 2/16/1927 Mine's just as good as yours Martha Copeland Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano vocalist  
Columbia W143689 10-in. 3/19/1927 Soul and body (He belongs to me) Martha Copeland Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet and piano vocalist  
Columbia W143690 10-in. 3/19/1927 Sorrow Valley blues Martha Copeland Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet and piano vocalist  
Columbia W144097 10-in. 5/5/1927 Dyin' crap-shooter's blues Martha Copeland Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental trio vocalist  
Columbia W144098 10-in. 5/5/1927 Mister brakes-man (Let me ride your train) Martha Copeland Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental trio vocalist  
Columbia W144490 10-in. 7/22/1927 Police blues Martha Copeland Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano vocalist  
Columbia W144491 10-in. 7/22/1927 Skeleton key blues Martha Copeland Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano vocalist  
Columbia W144538 10-in. 8/9/1927 Hobo Bill Martha Copeland Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with banjo and piano composer, lyricist, vocalist  
Columbia W144539 10-in. 8/9/1927 Nobody rocks me like my baby do Martha Copeland Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with banjo and piano vocalist  
Columbia W144852 10-in. 10/13/1927 Shootin' star blues Martha Copeland Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with clarinet and piano vocalist  
Columbia W144853 10-in. 10/13/1927 Good time mama blues Martha Copeland Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with clarinet and piano vocalist  
Columbia W145275 10-in. 12/6/1927 Wylie Avenue blues Martha Copeland and her Smokey City Trio Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental trio vocalist  
Columbia W145276 10-in. 12/6/1927 Everybody does it now Martha Copeland and her Smokey City Trio Female vocal solo, with instrumental trio vocalist  
Columbia W145478 10-in. 1/6/1928 Bank failure blues Martha Copeland Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano vocalist  
Columbia W145479 10-in. 1/6/1928 Second-hand daddy Martha Copeland Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano vocalist  
Columbia W146348 10-in. 5/26/1928 I can't give you anything but love Martha Copeland Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet and piano vocalist  
Columbia W146349 10-in. 5/26/1928 My daddy don't do nothin' bad Martha Copeland Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet and piano vocalist  
Columbia W146417 10-in. 6/8/1928 Somethin' goin' on wrong Martha Copeland Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with clarinet and piano vocalist  
Columbia W146420 10-in. 6/9/1928 Desert blues Martha Copeland Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with clarinet and piano vocalist  
Columbia W146923 10-in. 8/28/1928 Mama's well has done gone dry Martha Copeland Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet and piano vocalist  
Columbia W146924 10-in. 8/28/1928 I ain't your hen, Mister Fly Rooster Martha Copeland Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet and piano vocalist  
OKeh S-71837 10-in. September 1923 The down so long blues Martha Copeland ; Eddie Heywood Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
OKeh S-71838 10-in. September 1923 The pawn shop blues Martha Copeland ; Eddie Heywood Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
OKeh S-71844 10-in. Sept. 1923 Daddy, you've done put that thing on me Martha Copeland Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
OKeh S-71845 10-in. Sept. 1923 The penetrating blues Martha Copeland Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Copeland, Martha," accessed July 19, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106282.

Copeland, Martha. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 19, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106282.

"Copeland, Martha." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 19 July 2024.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106282

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