Bessie Tucker

Bessie Tucker (c. 1906 – January 6, 1933) was an American classic female blues, country blues, and Texas blues singer and songwriter. Little is known of her life outside the music industry. She is known to have recorded just twenty-four tracks, seven of which were alternate takes. Her songs include "Penitentiary" and "Fryin' Pan Skillet Blues".

Birth and Death Data: Born January 1st, 1906 (East Texas), Died 1933 (Dallas)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1928 - 1929

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, composer, lyricist

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-45436 10-in. 8/29/1928 Bessie's moan Bessie Tucker Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, composer  
Victor BVE-45437 10-in. 8/29/1928 The dummy Bessie Tucker Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, composer  
Victor BVE-45440 10-in. 8/29/1928 Fort Worth and Denver blues Bessie Tucker Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, composer  
Victor BVE-45441 10-in. 8/29/1928 Penitentiary Bessie Tucker Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, composer  
Victor BVE-45444 10-in. 8/29/1928 Fryin' pan skillet blues Bessie Tucker Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, composer  
Victor BVE-45445 10-in. 8/29/1928 My man has quit me Bessie Tucker Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, composer  
Victor BVE-45448 10-in. 8/30/1928 Got cut all to pieces Bessie Tucker Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, composer  
Victor BVE-45449 10-in. 8/30/1928 Black name moan Bessie Tucker Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, composer  
Victor BVE-55328 10-in. 8/10/1929 Better boot that thing Bessie Tucker Female vocal solo, with tuba, guitar, and piano vocalist, composer  
Victor BVE-55329 10-in. 8/10/1929 Katy blues Bessie Tucker Female vocal solo, with tuba, guitar, and piano vocalist, composer  
Victor BVE-55330 10-in. 8/10/1929 Mean old Jack Stropper blues Bessie Tucker Female vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, composer  
Victor BVE-55331 10-in. 8/10/1929 Old black Mary Bessie Tucker Female vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, composer  
Victor BVE-56404 10-in. 10/17/1929 Key to the bushes Bessie Tucker Female vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Victor BVE-56405 10-in. 10/17/1929 Bogy man blues Bessie Tucker Female vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Victor BVE-56406 10-in. 10/17/1929 Mean old master Bessie Tucker Female vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Victor BVE-56407 10-in. 10/17/1929 Pick on me blues Bessie Tucker Female vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Victor BVE-56447 10-in. 10/21/1929 Whistling woman blues Bessie Tucker Female vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, composer  
Victor BVE-56448 10-in. 10/21/1929 T.B. moan Bessie Tucker Female vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, composer  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Tucker, Bessie," accessed October 26, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106904.

Tucker, Bessie. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 26, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106904.

"Tucker, Bessie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 26 October 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106904

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