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Lucille Bogan

Lucille Bogan (April 1, 1897 – August 10, 1948) was an American singer-songwriter, among the first to be recorded. She also recorded under the pseudonym Bessie Jackson. The music critic Ernest Borneman stated that Bogan was one of "the big three of the blues", along with Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith. Many of Bogan's songs have been covered by later blues and jazz musicians, including Buddy Guy, B. B. King, and Sonny Boy Williamson.

Many of her songs were sexually explicit, and she was generally considered to have been a dirty blues musician.

Birth and Death Data: Born April 1st, 1897 (Mississippi), Died August 10th, 1948 (Los Angeles)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1923 - 1930

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, lyricist, composer

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia W147304 10-in. 10/26/1928 Sweet Petunia Curley Weaver Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar lyricist, composer  
OKeh 8361 Not documented June 1923 [Unknown title(s)] Lucille Bogan Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
OKeh 8362 10-in. 6/15/1923 The pawn shop blues Lucille Bogan Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
OKeh S-71561 10-in. May 1923 Lonesome daddy blues Lucille Bogan Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, lyricist  
OKeh S-71562 10-in. May 1923 Chirpin' the blues Lucille Bogan Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
OKeh S-71569 10-in. May 1923 Triflin' blues (Daddy, don't you trifle on me) Lucille Bogan Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
OKeh S-71570 10-in. May 1923 Don't mean you no good blues Lucille Bogan Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, lyricist  
Brunswick VO113 10-in. 2/4/1931 Tricks ain’t walking no more Memphis Minnie Female vocal solo, with 2 guitars composer, lyricist  
Brunswick C2418 10-in. 10/9/1928 Pay roll blues Lucille Bogan Female vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, composer  
Brunswick C2419 10-in. 10/9/1928 New way blues Lucille Bogan Female vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, composer  
Brunswick C3461 10-in. 5/9/1929 Coffee grindin’ blues Lucille Bogan Female vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, lyricist, composer  
Brunswick C3462 10-in. 5/9/1929 Pot hound blues Lucille Bogan Female vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, lyricist, composer  
Brunswick C5547 10-in. Mar. 1930 My Georgia grind Lucille Bogan Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Brunswick C5548 10-in. Mar. 1930 Whiskey selling woman Lucille Bogan Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Brunswick C5549 10-in. Mar. 1930 They ain’t walkin’ no more Lucille Bogan Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Brunswick C5550 10-in. Mar. 1930 Dirty treatin’ blues Lucille Bogan Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Brunswick C5562 10-in. Mar. 1930 Sloppy drunk blues Lucille Bogan Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Brunswick C5563 10-in. Mar. 1930 Alley boogie Lucille Bogan Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Brunswick C6086 10-in. 9/9/1930 Sloppy drunk blues Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano composer, lyricist  
Brunswick C6845 10-in. Dec. 1930 Crawlin’ lizard blues Lucille Bogan Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Brunswick C6846 10-in. Dec. 1930 Struttin’ my stuff Lucille Bogan Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Brunswick C6847 10-in. Dec. 1930 Black angel blues Lucille Bogan Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Brunswick C6848 10-in. Dec. 1930 Tricks ain’t walking no more Lucille Bogan Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, composer, lyricist  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bogan, Lucille," accessed July 25, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106288.

Bogan, Lucille. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 25, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106288.

"Bogan, Lucille." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 25 July 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106288

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