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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

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Recordings (Results 26-50 of 119 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 26-50 of 119 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Memphis Minnie," accessed April 24, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106296.

Memphis Minnie. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 24, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106296.

"Memphis Minnie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 24 April 2024.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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

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