Lena Wilson

Lena Wilson (c. 1898 – c. 1939) was an American blues singer in the classic female blues style. She performed in vaudeville with her brother Danny and his wife, Edith Wilson. She later made numerous recordings in the 1920s as a solo artist.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1898 (Charlotte), Died 1939 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1923 - 1931

Roles Represented in DAHR: soprano vocal, songwriter, leader, lyricist

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-27894 10-in. 5/9/1923 'Tain't nobody's biz-ness if I do Lena Wilson Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor B-27895 10-in. 5/9/1923 Triflin' blues Lena Wilson Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor B-28398 10-in. 8/22/1923 Tain't no tellin' what the blues will make you do Lena Wilson Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal, songwriter  
Victor B-28399 10-in. 8/22/1923 Wish I had you (And I'm gonna get you blues) Lena Wilson Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor [Trial 1923-04-19-03] 10-in. 4/19/1923 Deceitful blues Lena Wilson Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia 80875 10-in. 2/26/1923 I don't let no one man worry me Lena Wilson Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with jazz/dance band vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia 80876 10-in. 2/26/1923 Humming man Lena Wilson Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with jazz/dance band vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia 81009 10-in. 5/12/1923 Deceitful blues Lena Wilson Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader, vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia 81010 10-in. 5/12/1923 Memphis, Tennessee Lena Wilson Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader, vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia 81128 10-in. 7/12/1923 I need you Fletcher Henderson ; Rosa Henderson Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano lyricist  
Columbia [W]149960 10-in. 2/4/1930 Baby, it upsets me so Lena Wilson Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia [W]149961 10-in. 2/4/1930 Chiropractor blues Lena Wilson Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia [W]149970 10-in. 2/6/1930 I'm a stationary mama (Lookin' for a permanent man) Lena Wilson Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia [W]149971 10-in. 2/6/1930 Find out what they like (And how they like it) Lena Wilson Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia W151690 10-in. 7/17/1931 What's your price? Lena Wilson Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia W151691 10-in. 7/17/1931 My man o' war Lena Wilson Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Brunswick 10853-10855 10-in. 6/15/1923 Sad ‘n’ lonely blues Lena Wilson Female vocal solo vocalist, soprano vocal, songwriter  
Brunswick 10971-10977 10-in. 7/2/1923 Bleeding hearted blues Porter Grainger ; Lena Wilson Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Brunswick 10975-10976 10-in. 7/2/1923 Chirpin’ the blues Porter Grainger ; Lena Wilson Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Brunswick 12524-12526 10-in. 2/14/1924 Hula blues Lena Wilson Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance trio vocalist, soprano vocal  
Brunswick 12527-12529 10-in. 2/14/1924 Four-flushin’ papa Lena Wilson Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance trio vocalist, soprano vocal  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Wilson, Lena," accessed July 28, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109707.

Wilson, Lena. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 28, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109707.

"Wilson, Lena." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 28 July 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109707

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