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 (Results 26-34 of 34 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 26-34 of 34 records)

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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