Sara Martin

Sara Martin (June 18, 1884 – May 24, 1955) was an American blues singer, in her time one of the most popular of the classic blues singers. She was billed as "The Famous Moanin' Mama" and "The Colored Sophie Tucker". She made many recordings, including a few under the names Margaret Johnson and Sally Roberts.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 18th, 1884 (Louisville), Died May 24th, 1955 (Louisville)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1922 - 1927

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

Recordings (Results 51-75 of 139 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
OKeh S-71654 10-in. June 1923 You just can't have no one man by yourself Sara Martin ; Clarence Williams Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
OKeh S-71655 10-in. June 1923 Goin' down to the levee Sara Martin Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
OKeh S-71656 10-in. June 1923 Ye shall reap just what you sow Sara Martin ; Clarence Williams Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
OKeh S-71669 10-in. July 1923 New Orleans hop scop blues Sara Martin ; Clarence Williams Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
OKeh S-71670 10-in. July 1923 Uncle Sam blues Sara Martin ; Clarence Williams Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto, songwriter  
OKeh S-71696 10-in. July 1923 Sweet man was the cause of it all Sara Martin ; Clarence Williams Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto, lyricist  
OKeh S-71697 10-in. July 1923 Sympathizing blues Sara Martin ; Clarence Williams Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
OKeh S-71701 10-in. July 1923 Mistreated mama blues Sara Martin ; Clarence Williams Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
OKeh S-71702 10-in. July 1923 Runnin' 'round with the blues Sara Martin ; Clarence Williams Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
OKeh S-71711 10-in. Aug. 1923 Blind man blues Clarence Williams’ Blue Five ; Sara Martin Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist, contralto  
OKeh S-71712 10-in. Aug. 1923 Atlanta blues Clarence Williams’ Blue Five ; Sara Martin Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist, contralto  
OKeh S-71715 10-in. Aug. 1923 My good man's blues Sara Martin Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
OKeh S-71716 10-in. Aug. 1923 Jelly's blues Sara Martin Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
OKeh S-71717 10-in. Aug. 1923 Troubled blues Sara Martin Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto, songwriter  
OKeh S-71718 10-in. Aug. 1923 I'm satisfied Sara Martin Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
OKeh S-71736 10-in. Aug. 1923 Blue gum blues Sara Martin Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
OKeh S-71737 Not documented Aug. 1923 [Unknown title(s)] Sara Martin Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
OKeh S-71738 10-in. Aug. 1923 Slow down, sweet papa, mama's catching up with you Sara Martin Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto, songwriter  
OKeh S-71961 10-in. 10/11/1923 Graveyard dream blues Clarence Williams' Harmonizing Four ; Sara Martin Female vocal solo, with instrumental quartet vocalist, contralto  
OKeh S-71962 10-in. 10/11/1923 A green gal can't catch on Clarence Williams' Harmonizing Four ; Sara Martin Female vocal solo, with instrumental quartet vocalist, contralto, lyricist  
OKeh S-71980 10-in. Oct. 1923 Longing for daddy blues Sara Martin ; Sylvester Weaver Female vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, contralto, songwriter  
OKeh S-71981 10-in. Oct. 1923 I've got to go and leave my daddy behind Sara Martin ; Sylvester Weaver Female vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, contralto, lyricist  
OKeh S-71984 10-in. 11/1/1923 I'm cert'ny gonna see 'bout that Sara Martin ; Clarence Williams Female-male vocal duet,with piano vocalist, contralto  
OKeh S-71985 10-in. 11/1/1923 Squabbling blues Sara Martin ; Clarence Williams Female-male vocal duet, with piano vocalist, contralto, lyricist  
OKeh S-71986 10-in. 11/2/1923 Guitar blues Sylvester Weaver Guitar solo composer  
(Results 51-75 of 139 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Martin, Sara," accessed January 16, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109156.

Martin, Sara. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 16, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109156.

"Martin, Sara." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 16 January 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109156

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