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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

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

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, instrumentalist, guitar, songwriter  
Victor BVE-59994 10-in. 5/26/1930 Meningitis blues Memphis Jug Band ; Memphis Minnie Instrumental ensemble, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, guitar, songwriter, vocalist  
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 instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist, 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 songwriter, vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-62540 10-in. 5/29/1930 Georgia skin McCoy and Johnson Female vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist, songwriter, instrumentalist, guitar  
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 vocalist, composer  
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 instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
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  
Columbia W152534 10-in. 11/27/1933 My butcher man Memphis Minnie Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Columbia W152535 10-in. 11/27/1933 Too late Memphis Minnie Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Columbia W152536 10-in. 11/27/1933 Lake Michigan blues Memphis Minnie Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Columbia W152537 10-in. 11/27/1933 Ain't no use trying to tell on me (I know something on you) Memphis Minnie Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Brunswick MEM730 10-in. Feb. 1930 I ’m gonna bake my biscuits Memphis Minnie Female vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist, composer  
Brunswick MEM731 10-in. Feb. 1930 Mister Tango blues Memphis Minnie Female vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist, composer  
Brunswick MEM732 10-in. Feb. 1930 She wouldn’t give me none Kansas Joe ; Memphis Minnie Female-male vocal duet, with 2 guitars vocalist, composer  
Brunswick MEM733 10-in. Feb. 1930 My Mary blues Kansas Joe Male vocal solo, with guitar composer  
Brunswick MEM738 10-in. Feb. 1930 I called you this morning Kansas Joe ; Memphis Minnie Female-male vocal duet, with guitar vocalist, composer  
Brunswick MEM739 10-in. Feb. 1930 Plymouth Rock blues Memphis Minnie Female vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, composer  
Brunswick MEM765 10-in. Feb. 1930 What fault you find of me? Kansas Joe ; Memphis Minnie Female-male vocal duet, with 2 guitars vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, composer  
Brunswick MEM766 10-in. Feb. 1930 What fault you find of me? Kansas Joe ; Memphis Minnie Female-male vocal duet, with 2 guitars vocalist, composer, instrumentalist, guitar  
Brunswick MEM772 10-in. Feb. 1930 I’m talking about you Memphis Minnie Female vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist, composer  
Brunswick MEM773 10-in. Feb. 1930 Bumblee bee Memphis Minnie Female vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist, composer  
Brunswick MEM790 10-in. 2/21/1930 Can I do it for you? Kansas Joe ; Memphis Minnie Female-male vocal duet, with 2 guitars vocalist, composer, instrumentalist, guitar  
Brunswick MEM791 10-in. 2/21/1930 Can I do it for you? Kansas Joe ; Memphis Minnie Female-male vocal duet, with 2 guitars vocalist, composer, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 90016 10-in. 5/27/1935 Jockey man blues Memphis Minnie instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Decca 90017 10-in. 5/27/1935 Weary woman's blues Memphis Minnie vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 90018 10-in. 5/27/1935 Reachin' Pete Memphis Minnie instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Decca 90019 10-in. 5/27/1935 Down in New Orleans Memphis Minnie instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Decca C 9380 10-in. 8/24/1934 You got to move, part 1 Kansas Joe ; Memphis Minnie vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca C 9381 10-in. 8/24/1934 Keep it to yourself Memphis Minnie instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Decca C 9382 10-in. 8/24/1934 Chickasaw train blues (Low down dirty thing) Memphis Minnie instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Decca C 9383 10-in. 8/24/1934 Banana man blues (I don't want that thing) Memphis Minnie instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Decca C 9389 10-in. 8/31/1934 You got to move, part 2 Memphis Minnie vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca C 9402 10-in. 9/6/1934 Hole in the wall Memphis Minnie instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Decca C 9407 10-in. 9/6/1934 Give it to me in my hand Memphis Minnie instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Decca C 9426 10-in. 9/10/1934 Squad it Memphis Minnie instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Decca C 9427 10-in. 9/10/1934 Moaning the blues Memphis Minnie vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca C 9641 10-in. 1/10/1935 Dirty mother for you Memphis Minnie instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Decca C 9642 10-in. 1/10/1935 Sylvester and his mule blues Memphis Minnie instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Decca C 9643 10-in. 1/10/1935 When you're asleep Memphis Minnie instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Decca C 9644 10-in. 1/10/1935 You can't give it away Memphis Minnie vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca C 9657 10-in. 1/15/1935 Let me ride Memphis Minnie vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca C 9658 10-in. 1/15/1935 When the Saints go marching in Memphis Minnie instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Memphis Minnie," accessed April 20, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106296.

Memphis Minnie. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 20, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106296.

"Memphis Minnie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 20 April 2021.

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