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Memphis Minnie

Lizzie Douglas (June 3, 1897 – August 6, 1973), known as Memphis Minnie, was a blues guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter whose recording career lasted for over three decades. She recorded around 200 songs, some of the best known being "Bumble Bee", "Nothing in Rambling", and "Me and My Chauffeur Blues".

Birth and Death Data: Born June 3rd, 1896 (Louisiana), Died August 6th, 1973 (Memphis)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1929 - 1935

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, guitar, composer, songwriter, leader

Notes: Also known as Texas Tessie, Minnie McCoy, Memphis Minnie McCoy, and Minnie Douglas; born Lizzie Douglas. Also sings with Kansas Joe (Joe McCoy).

See Also: McCoy, Memphis Minnie

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 118 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-59992 10-in. 5/26/1930 I'm going back home McCoy and Johnson Female-male vocal duet, with 2 guitars vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-59993 10-in. 5/26/1930 Bumble bee blues Memphis Jug Band ; Memphis Minnie Instrumental ensemble, with female vocal solo vocalist, songwriter, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-59994 10-in. 5/26/1930 Meningitis blues Memphis Jug Band ; Memphis Minnie Instrumental ensemble, with female vocal solo vocalist, songwriter, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-62506 10-in. 5/26/1930 I am in the heavenly way Washington White [i.e., Bukka White] Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars and female vocals vocalist  
Victor BVE-62508 10-in. 5/26/1930 The promise true and grand Washington White [i.e., Bukka White] Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars and female vocal accompaniment vocalist  
Victor BVE-62537 10-in. 5/29/1930 Midnight special Bessie McCoy ; Memphis Minnie Female vocal duet, with 2 guitars vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, songwriter  
Victor BVE-62538 10-in. 5/29/1930 I never told a lie McCoy and Johnson Female vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, songwriter  
Victor BVE-62539 10-in. 5/29/1930 Don't want no woman (T'have t'give my money to) McCoy and Johnson Female-male vocal duet, with 2 guitars and dialogue instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist, songwriter  
Victor BVE-62540 10-in. 5/29/1930 Georgia skin McCoy and Johnson Female vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, songwriter  
Victor BS-91419 10-in. 7/27/1935 Good mornin' Texas Tessie Female vocal solo, with 2 guitars composer, vocalist  
Victor BS-91420 10-in. 7/27/1935 You wrecked my happy home Texas Tessie Female vocal solo, with 2 guitars composer, vocalist  
Victor BS-91421 10-in. 7/27/1935 I'm waitin' on you Texas Tessie Female vocal solo, with 2 guitars composer, vocalist  
Victor BS-91422 10-in. 7/27/1935 Keep on goin' Texas Tessie Female vocal solo, with 2 guitars composer, vocalist  
Victor BS-96226 10-in. 10/31/1935 When the sun goes down—Part 2 Memphis Minnie Female vocal solo, with instrumental quartet vocalist  
Victor BS-96227 10-in. 10/31/1935 Hustlin' woman blues Memphis Minnie Female vocal solo, with instrumental quartet vocalist, composer  
Victor BS-96228 10-in. 10/31/1935 Selling my pork chops Memphis Minnie Female vocal solo, with instrumental quartet vocalist, composer  
Victor BS-96229 10-in. 10/31/1935 Doctor doctor blues Memphis Minnie Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental quartet vocalist, composer  
Columbia W148707 10-in. 6/18/1929 I want that Kansas Joe ; Memphis Minnie Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W148708 10-in. 6/18/1929 That will be alright Kansas Joe ; Memphis Minnie Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W148709 10-in. 6/18/1929 Goin' back to Texas Kansas Joe ; Memphis Minnie Female-male vocal duet ("blues singers"), with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W148710 10-in. 6/18/1929 Frisco Town Memphis Minnie ; Memphis Minnie Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W148711 10-in. 6/18/1929 When the levee breaks Kansas Joe ; Memphis Minnie Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W148712 10-in. 6/18/1929 Bumble bee Kansas Joe ; Memphis Minnie Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W148717 10-in. 6/19/1929 No mo' cherry ball Kansas Joe ; Memphis Minnie Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W148718 10-in. 6/19/1929 You can't do it to me Kansas Joe ; Memphis Minnie Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar instrumentalist, guitar  
(Results 1-25 of 118 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Memphis Minnie," accessed July 23, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106296.

Memphis Minnie. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 23, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106296.

"Memphis Minnie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 23 July 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106296

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