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Memphis Minnie

Lizzie Douglas (June 3, 1897 – August 6, 1973), better 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 "When the Levee Breaks", "Me and My Chauffeur Blues", "Bumble Bee" and "Nothing in Rambling".

Birth and Death Data: Born June 3, 1897 (Louisiana), Died August 6, 1973 (Memphis)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1929 - 1936

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

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 are available for online listening.
= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

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, 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 vocalist, composer  
Victor BS-91420 10-in. 7/27/1935 You wrecked my happy home Texas Tessie Female vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist, composer  
Victor BS-91421 10-in. 7/27/1935 I'm waitin' on you Texas Tessie Female vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist, composer  
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 composer, vocalist  
Victor BS-96228 10-in. 10/31/1935 Selling my pork chops Memphis Minnie Female vocal solo, with instrumental quartet composer, vocalist  
Victor BS-96229 10-in. 10/31/1935 Doctor doctor blues Memphis Minnie Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental quartet composer, vocalist  
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  
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  
Columbia C1482 10-in. 9/29/1936 What's the matter with the mill? Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys String band, with male vocal solos composer, lyricist  
Brunswick VO109 10-in. 1/30/1931 Shake Mattie Kansas Joe ; Memphis Minnie Male vocal solo, with guitar instrumentalist, guitar  
Brunswick VO110 10-in. 1/30/1931 My wash woman's gone Kansas Joe ; Memphis Minnie Male vocal solo, with guitar instrumentalist, guitar  
Brunswick VO111 10-in. 1/30/1931 I don’t want that junk outta you Memphis Minnie Female vocal solo, with 2 guitars instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Brunswick VO113 10-in. 2/4/1931 Tricks ain’t walking no more Memphis Minnie Female vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist  
Brunswick VO116 10-in. 2/9/1931 Somebody’s got to help you Kansas Joe ; Memphis Minnie Female-male vocal duet, with 2 guitars vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Brunswick VO117 10-in. 2/9/1931 That’s your yas-yas-yas Kansas Joe ; Memphis Minnie Male vocal solo, with guitar instrumentalist, guitar  
Brunswick VO118 10-in. 2/9/1931 Don’t bother it Memphis Minnie Female vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Brunswick VO119 10-in. 2/9/1931 Today today blues Memphis Minnie Female vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Brunswick VO122 10-in. 2/11/1931 Hard down lie Memphis Minnie Female vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist  
Brunswick VO123 10-in. 2/11/1931 Lay my money down (If you run around) Kansas Joe ; Memphis Minnie Female vocal solo, with 2 guitars instrumentalist, guitar  
Brunswick VO124 10-in. 2/11/1931 Pickin’ the blues Kansas Joe ; Memphis Minnie Guitar duet instrumentalist, guitar  
Brunswick VO125 10-in. 2/11/1931 Let’s go to town Kansas Joe ; Memphis Minnie Guitar duet instrumentalist, guitar  
Brunswick VO137 10-in. 3/16/1931 Somebody’s got to help you Kansas Joe ; Memphis Minnie Female-male vocal duet, with 2 guitars vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Brunswick VO138 10-in. 3/16/1931 Pickin’ the blues Kansas Joe ; Memphis Minnie Guitar duet instrumentalist, guitar  
Brunswick VO139 10-in. 3/16/1931 Let’s go to town Kansas Joe ; Memphis Minnie Guitar duet instrumentalist, guitar  
Brunswick VO151 10-in. 3/25/1931 Soo cow soo Memphis Minnie Female vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist  
Brunswick VO152 10-in. 3/25/1931 After while blues Memphis Minnie Female vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist  
Brunswick VO112 10-in. 1/30/1931 Crazy cryin’ blues Memphis Minnie Female vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Brunswick VO135 10-in. 3/13/1931 Lay my money down (If you run around) Memphis Minnie Female vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist  
Brunswick VO136 10-in. 3/13/1931 Hard down lie Memphis Minnie Female vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist  
Brunswick C5817 10-in. 6/5/1930 I don’t want no woman I have to give my money to Kansas Joe ; Memphis Minnie Female-male vocal duet, with 2 guitars vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Brunswick C5818 10-in. 6/5/1930 Bumble bee no. 2 Memphis Minnie Female vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Brunswick C5819 10-in. 6/5/1930 Botherin’ that thing Kansas Joe ; Memphis Minnie Male vocal solo, with guitar instrumentalist, guitar  
Brunswick C5820 10-in. 6/5/1930 I’m wild about my stuff Kansas Joe ; Memphis Minnie Male vocal solo, with guitar instrumentalist, guitar  
Brunswick C5821 10-in. 6/5/1930 Cherry ball blues Kansas Joe ; Memphis Minnie Male vocal solo, with guitar instrumentalist, guitar  
Brunswick C5822 10-in. 6/5/1930 Memphis Minnie-jitis blues Memphis Minnie Female vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Brunswick C5823 10-in. 6/5/1930 Good girl blues Memphis Minnie Female vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Brunswick C5824 10-in. 6/5/1930 Georgia skin blues Memphis Minnie Female vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Brunswick C5829 10-in. June 1930 I called you this morning Kansas Joe ; Memphis Minnie Female-male vocal duet, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Brunswick C5830 10-in. June 1930 My Mary blues Kansas Joe ; Memphis Minnie Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars instrumentalist, guitar  
Brunswick C5831 10-in. June 1930 Plymouth Rock blues Memphis Minnie Female vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Brunswick C5864 10-in. 6/24/1930 Cherry ball blues Kansas Joe ; Memphis Minnie Male vocal solo, with guitar instrumentalist, guitar  
Brunswick C5865 10-in. 6/24/1930 Botherin’ that thing Kansas Joe ; Memphis Minnie Male vocal solo, with guitar instrumentalist, guitar  
Brunswick C5866 10-in. 6/24/1930 Bumble bee no. 2 Memphis Minnie Female vocal solo, with 2 guitars instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Brunswick C5867 10-in. 6/24/1930 Georgia skin blues Memphis Minnie Female vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Brunswick C5894 10-in. 7/1/1930 New dirty dozen Memphis Minnie Female vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist  
Brunswick C5895 10-in. 7/1/1930 New bumble bee Memphis Minnie Female vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist  
Brunswick C5896 10-in. 7/1/1930 [Unknown title(s)] Memphis Minnie Female vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist  
Brunswick C6009 10-in. 7/8/1930 Frankie Jean (That trottin’ fool) Memphis Minnie Female vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist  
Brunswick C6010 10-in. 7/8/1930 I’m talking ‘bout you no. 2 Memphis Minnie Female vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist  
Brunswick C6011 10-in. 7/8/1930 She put me out doors Kansas Joe ; Memphis Minnie Female-male vocal duet, with 2 guitars vocalist  
Brunswick C6013 10-in. 7/8/1930 I called you this morning Kansas Joe ; Memphis Minnie Female-male vocal duet, with 2 guitars vocalist  
Brunswick C6082 10-in. 9/9/1930 Grandma and Grandpa blues Memphis Minnie Jug Band Instrumental ensemble leader  
Brunswick C6083 10-in. 9/9/1930 Garage fire blues Memphis Minnie Jug Band Instrumental ensemble leader  
Brunswick C6433 10-in. 10/9/1930 Dirt dauber blues Memphis Minnie Female vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist  
Brunswick C6434 10-in. 10/9/1930 You dirty mistreater Memphis Minnie Female vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist  
Brunswick C6440 10-in. 10/11/1930 That’s your yas-yas-yas Kansas Joe ; Memphis Minnie Male vocal solo, with guitar instrumentalist, guitar  
Brunswick C6441 10-in. 10/11/1930 I’m fixed for you Kansas Joe ; Memphis Minnie Male vocal solo, with guitar instrumentalist, guitar  
Brunswick C6442 10-in. 10/11/1930 What’s the matter with the mill? Kansas Joe ; Memphis Minnie Female-male vocal duet, with guitars vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Brunswick C6443 10-in. 10/11/1930 North Memphis blues Memphis Minnie Female vocal solo, with guitar vocalist  
Brunswick C7240 10-in. 1/19/1931 Don’t bother it Memphis Minnie Female vocal solo, with guitar vocalist  
Brunswick C7241 10-in. 1/19/1931 Today today blues Memphis Minnie Female vocal solo, with guitar vocalist  
Brunswick C7244 10-in. 1/21/1931 Lay my money down (If you run around) Memphis Minnie Female vocal solo, with guitar vocalist  
Brunswick C7245 10-in. 1/21/1931 Hard down lie Memphis Minnie Female vocal solo, with guitar vocalist  
Brunswick C7246 10-in. 1/21/1931 Beat it right Kansas Joe Male vocal solo, with guitar instrumentalist, guitar  
Brunswick C7247 10-in. 1/21/1931 Preacher’s blues Kansas Joe Male vocal solo, with guitar instrumentalist, guitar  
Brunswick C7248 10-in. 1/21/1931 Let’s go to town Joe McCoy ; Memphis Minnie Guitar duet instrumentalist, guitar  
Brunswick C7249 10-in. 1/21/1931 Pickin’ the blues Kansas Joe Male vocal solo, with guitar instrumentalist, guitar  
Brunswick MEM730 10-in. Feb. 1930 I ’m gonna bake my biscuits Memphis Minnie Female vocal solo, with 2 guitars composer, vocalist  
Brunswick MEM731 10-in. Feb. 1930 Mister Tango blues Memphis Minnie Female vocal solo, with 2 guitars composer, vocalist  
Brunswick MEM732 10-in. Feb. 1930 She wouldn’t give me none Kansas Joe ; Memphis Minnie Female-male vocal duet, with 2 guitars composer, vocalist  
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 composer, vocalist  
Brunswick MEM739 10-in. Feb. 1930 Plymouth Rock blues Memphis Minnie Female vocal solo, with guitar composer, vocalist  
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 composer, vocalist  
Brunswick MEM773 10-in. Feb. 1930 Bumblee bee Memphis Minnie Female vocal solo, with 2 guitars composer, vocalist  
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 vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
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 vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 90019 10-in. 5/27/1935 Down in New Orleans Memphis Minnie vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
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 vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca C 9382 10-in. 8/24/1934 Chickasaw train blues (Low down dirty thing) Memphis Minnie vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca C 9383 10-in. 8/24/1934 Banana man blues (I don't want that thing) Memphis Minnie vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
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 vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca C 9407 10-in. 9/6/1934 Give it to me in my hand Memphis Minnie vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca C 9426 10-in. 9/10/1934 Squad it Memphis Minnie vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
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 vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca C 9642 10-in. 1/10/1935 Sylvester and his mule blues Memphis Minnie vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca C 9643 10-in. 1/10/1935 When you're asleep Memphis Minnie vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
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 vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Memphis Minnie," accessed April 12, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106296.

Memphis Minnie. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 12, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106296.

"Memphis Minnie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 12 April 2024.

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